Good Monday morning people. How are we? Hope you had a super boosted week/weekend? Welcome to a fresh and mind boggling e-Boost, Enjoy.
Today’s topic is a broad one so we’ll take it in bits. I’ll start by giving the dictionary definitions of the first two keywords – Sought After.
Sought is the past tense of seek and seek means
– To try to find, to look for, to search, to ask for, to strive after, to aim at.
After on the other hand means
– In pursuit of, seeking, in imitation of; following or referencing.
When you look closely at the meaning of the two words, you’ll see that they’re similar, so Sought After is almost tautology… and the words are put together for emphasis. Moving on, we consider the dictionary meaning of the two words put together:
Sought After –
- Wanted by many people and usually of high quality or rare
- That is in demand; desirable
- Being searched for; desired or wished for;
- wanted by many people but not easy to get
I love the last definition “wanted by many people but not easy to get”
To be Sought After means people make conscious effort to find you. They strive after you. It means you’re in high demand, you are referenced and you’re searched for earnestly and persistently.
The expression of your life as an individual and how you go about your business|career determines how much you will be sought after and this in pre-determined by your market value.
This takes us to the next keywords – Market and Value.
Market – City square or other fairly spacious site where traders set up stalls and buyers browse the merchandise.
Market – An organised, often periodic, trading event at such site.
Today, market is no longer limited to a physical city square or stall, your market is anywhere you are; your product is you and your buyers are the people you come in contact with on a daily basis.
And the last keyword – Value
Value – The quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable
Value – The amount (of money or goods or services) that is considered to be a fair equivalent for something else
In summarised terms, value refers to the worth of a thing.
If you ask any fresh graduate, me inclusive, how much (s)he will like for salary in the first year of employment after service, you’ll hear 100k, 120k, 150k and so on. Very few will want less than a 6-figure pay for take home. I had such delusions too #Whonowanbetterpaycheck.
Now take the questioning further and ask the same graduate what they can offer the potential organisation/company if they’re employed and many will tell you they didn’t learn much in school but they’re willing to learn on the job. Trust me, that’s putting it mildly, I’ve heard worse replies.
Let’s assume you’re willing to go ahead and employ the said graduate, ask him|her if (s)he’s willing to take stipends, say 30-50k as monthly take home while (s)he learns on the job and you’ll be shocked that some will still reject the generous offer with righteous indignation quoting their class of degree even when they cannot defend it. Some others will take the offer not because they’re willing to maximise the opportunity to learn and improve they’re negotiating power for a better pay check but so they’ll have a source of income for their daily bread. Very few will genuinely take the offer to learn and improve their knowledge-base.
In 2011, I applied to the AfriHub in my school for my Industrial Attachment and the following conversation took place during my interview –
AfriHub: What’s your course of study?
Me: Computer science
AfriHub: Can you use MS Office?
Me: Not all the applications in it.
AfriHub: Are you good in MS Word.
Me: Not really, but I try.
AfriHub: How fast are you in typing?
Me: I can’t really say, I’ve only typed my assignments.
AfriHub: Can you use MS Excel?
Me: No, but I can learn.
AfriHub: Can you use MS Powerpoint?
Me: No, but I can learn.
AfriHub: Can you use a photocopying machine?
Me: No, but I can learn.
AfriHub: Can you use CorelDraw?
Me: No, but I can learn.
AfriHub: Sorry, what level did you say you’re in again?
Me: 3rd year sir.
AfriHub: Okay, we’ll get back to you.
They never did. I guess you know why – I had nothing to offer them, infact I was going to be more of a liability than an asset to them if they took me at that point.
Lesson: People will only pay|hire|engage|employ you for the value you bring to the table (market place). No establishment wants to run losses not even the non-profit organisations.
That is why when you go for interviews, they ask: “Why should we hire you? What can you offer us?”
Nobody goes to the market and begins to dash money to traders, you only pay for goods or service you purchase. And you know how hurt|betrayed you feel when you buy something you feel is of value in the market only to get home and realise it’s fake or not worth the money you spent on it. That is how it is even in our daily interactions with people (remember you are the product and anyone you come in contact with is a potential buyer).
Moving away from career and business relationship, let’s look at personal relationship. Have you ever felt angry with yourself after hanging out with a person?As a lady or guy, you see and admire someone from a distance so you decide to go on a date to get to know this person better and then whoosh! You’re so disappointed! Their reasoning is so wack and you really can’t co-relate the beautiful exterior with the empty content, or content that is not compatible with what you expected. You start imagining all the amazing things you could have done with your precious time instead of wasting it on a date.
Reason: You didn’t get good value for your time or money or both. And the probability for a second outing is very low.
Do you want to be Sought After? Then you must add value to yourself. Getting an education or a degree in itself is not enough if you cannot perform.
I’m wiser and more valuable now than when I was going for my IT. I had to develop myself. As a matter of fact, I spent my IT period teaching myself MS office, then I accepted to work for free at a business centre so I could learn faster. Today, I am better for it.
To improve your value, you have to be willing to learn, you have to be willing to work for free at some point in order to gain more knowledge and you have to be willing to play the fool.
To my fellow young graduates, don’t be afraid to start with less than 100k, don’t be afraid to start small. Don’t be afraid to take that job even if you feel they’re not paying you what you worth; an opportunity to increase your capacity is more valuable than the money they may offer at the moment.
Even the bible says neglect|despise not the days of little beginnings. Zechariah 4:10 (NLT)
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”
I’ll leave you with these questions:
- If you were your own boss, would you pay you the amount you’re requesting|demanding for the service and quality of work you’re currently rendering?
- Are you giving your employer value for the salary he’s paying you?
- Are you an asset or a liability?
- Are you a valuable member of the environment|office|church|school|market|organisation|family where you belong?
Thank you for reading today’s post.
PS: This post is just an introduction to the topic, we’ll delve into the secrets of Increasing your market value and being Sought After, next week.
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