No I’m not talking about curse words 🙂
I’m talking about “I’m just.”
In many of my recent travels, I’ve come across people saying things like:
“I’m just an intern.”
“I’m just the sales guy.”
The Kinds of People That Say This.
When I hear these things, it makes me think that you are one of the following:
1 – You don’t really care about the organization that you work for and just want to do your 9-5, clock in clock out type of bs. If you aren’t invested in what you do, people will see this attitude a mile away.
2 – You are drowning in self-doubt and don’t see the value that you can bring to an organization
So if you’ve made it this far in the article, it’s safe to say that you probably are driven and motivated and aren’t the 9-5 mindless zombie type. 🙂
Why Do People Do This?
Question is: why do otherwise driven people pigeonhole themselves like this? Many people think they need permission to be more than “just” something.
I’ve mentioned before that you don’t have to be the boss in your organization to move mountains. You can be a linchpin and really step things up.
But it starts from your own self-talk. If you want to degrade yourself with such a silly notion that you are only your job title, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Sometimes it’s the Culture
If you’re working somewhere where contributing at a level outside of your pay grade is not tolerated, it’s probably time to look for a new job. They just want the 9-5 clock in and clock out types. That’s clearly not you.
Strive to do better.