Day 8: I’m a bad employee

Story: Over the past 15 years I’ve butted heads with each and every boss I’ve had in one way, shape, or form. 

I’ve been reprimanded, scolded, and even asked to leave organizations without any explanation. 

Starting with the Marine Corps almost 20 years ago. It started off strong but as I saw opportunities to grow and excel I began to disrupt the system by upending the power structure that was around me so I could make gains. I was very selfish then too.

Like this one time when I was 19 years old, I was part of a very idle squad of Marines where we literally just cleaned and sat around all day waiting for spots in our MOS (military occupation specialty…a job) to open . We did this for months waiting for new spots in our job schools to come about.

It didn’t take long for me to get really restless and frustrated with the “nothingness” so I found a computer lab near by and during these hours of downtime , I would literally sneak off and do online college courses that were free, helped me get promoted quicker and went towards an associates degree which I earned while I was in Iraq in 2006 to cut off two years of my bachelors degree.

I eventually got caught trying to overt the system and had to pull multiple sleepless nights of duty. They did this to make the point that I am not in control and I’m not allowed to do things on my own. 

I have dozens of stories like this because I’m someone who sees opportunities and takes them. My time has always been a valuable asset so I’ve never been ok with wasting it. 

I believe that after experiencing the military for 4 years and public schools for 10 years, that others are finally catching wind of this idea and that we don’t have to be controlled by big organizations, bosses, or systems (although we may have to accept them for short times until something better comes along). 

I don’t know about you but I can feel the shift, especially in the photography industry where I am now. 

Photographers are finally fed up with the “guru model” of learning and just want access to other photographers, all their secrets and want our industry to be a positive place where we help each other openly. 

Lesson: I’ve had to do some deep gut checking since I’ve realized all this. I had to be honest with myself that having a boss that controls my time, income, and environment, isn’t going to work for me (and others too) anymore.

It’s scary but I’m choosing to be brave so I can live that life that I know was made for me. 

The lesson for me is that when you feel a change be aware of it and see if there are others who feel the same.

Action Step: Communities are the best way I’ve found to effectively disrupt our industry in positive ways. 

Go to Facebook, Instagram, or somewhere else, and tell your people about how you want to be a disruptor in your industry and share where you think your industry is going. I guarantee you’ll get a huge response and it may even start your own little revolution!