Check Your Privilege at the Door: Millennial Comments Your Boss Hates
"I just don't feel as passionate about that project."
“Mom I'm bored.” That's exactly what pops into my hear every time I hear this sentence. It is not your bosses job to give you things to feel passionate about. Yes, being on inspiring and innovative projects is amazing and uplifting. That feeling of rushing to work because you can’t wait to jump in head first or not realizing you stayed at the office an extra 3 hours and never even took a lunch because your onto something that's totally gonna blow this project wide open.
I can speak to this more than anyone because when I started working in this industry at 18 it took me a really long time to feel that the work I was doing “mattered.” In retrospect, I was a really hardworking individual but I had a major fucking attitude and a lot of opinions about how I should be compensated and I even put some of my internalizations about my own work onto others which should have been my own responsibility.
Here’s a story I like to tell that my grandfather told me once. He grew up on a big fruit farm in Nogales. Every day he got up at 5 AM and checked the tractors for oil before his dad got up and went out to the fields. For 18 years he did this and never once received a thank you. The end.
Now, that may seem like an incredibly short and pointless story but the moral is- there are a lot of thankless jobs in the world and if you are being paid and treated fairly and in the grad scheme of things- not just as 5 PM on Thursday when you’re ready for this long fucking week to be over- you feel like what you do makes even a .001% difference in the world, then before you open your mouth to voice your boredom over one project that your boss, the person who pays you, who trusts you enough with their baby (their business), who believed in you enough to take an enormous risk (a risk that so often doesn’t even return its investment)- then please for the love of god. DO NOT TELL THEM YOU ARE NOT PASSIONATE ABOUT A PROJECT. I own a fucking company, meaning I am my own boss, do you know how much of my time I get to work on things I am solely 100% passionate about? Like 15%. If that. As a member of a company, leader or follower, you have a duty to your team to work hard- even at the boring stuff. And one day - I promise- you’ll have a moment of clarity when something huge comes to together - all the little boring and seemingly mundane parts will finally piece themselves together and you’ll stand there in awe of the work you produced and how magical it was to be apart of something that changes peoples lives.
"I think I should be making more money..."
HA. HA. HA. This is my favorite line in all of boss life. My business is young- we are just now making a profit. Keep in mind what we do here requires people with a very special set of skills (Liam Neeson style, of course). Until a few weeks ago- I didn’t even pay myself. Wanna you know about underpaid? In the earliest days of RR, I actually had to borrow money from my MOTHER for a $10 Instagram ad. How's that for demoralizing? So, if you can imagine what its like to build something and show up every day and be making NO MONEY and shelling it all away to employees, contractors, branding projects, etc. and then have one of them tell you they feel "financially ,underappreciated" and be making 125% of their average industry pay, don't you dare tell me you should be making more money. If you believe you should be making more- show up, create something beautiful, and prove you're worth it. Actions speak louder than words.
"I just though I would be making more of a difference..."
I dont even know where to begin on this. I am so incredibly fortunate to be in an industry that allows me to make a difference in peoples lives. In a business there are many cogs in the machine. Does my accountant contribute as much to the direct process as my graphic designer? No. But without him- we wouldn’t be here. If you’re on the right side, you’re on the right side. As Olivia Pope would say “we’re all white hats here.”
Don't talk shit from the sidelines!
You guys all think we don't know you think you should be in our positions. Bottom line im about to drop some serious girl boss bitch truth on you. If you want to be the boss, then go do it. If you think you can do it better, then do it. I would love for any of my employees to learn from any of my mistakes and go out there and do an even better Job building brands and making them money. Please! I have worked my ass off to teach you how to survive in this industry and be fucking dope at it so GO. Women can build up other women without lying to them. They say don't stand on the necks of other women to get to the top- I would love for one of my girls to stand on my back to elevate herself and a team of deserving bosses. Go change the world. But, if you’re going to continue to stand on the sideline and be on MY team, you’re gonna be a cheerleader. Don't talk shit from the sideline. Get in the game or get out.