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AUDIO: The Wrong Way to Climb the Corporate Ladder

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

I was 16 and working on a roofing crew for the summer. I saw men carrying a bundle of shingles at a time up the ladder to the roof. I found I could carry 3 at a time. That made me more valuable, right?

All through my life I’ve compared myself to others and looked for ways to set myself apart.

Who’s Ladder Are You Climbing?

Some of us are creatures driven by competition. I used to sarcastically say, I can take anything simple and turn it into work. The simple idea that there WAS a corporate ladder compelled me to climb it or create one of my own. Contentment and satisfaction were UP THERE and it never occurred to me to look for them anywhere else.

It never occurred to me that someone else had propped that ladder in place or that I should question what was at the top; being on TOP was the point. If there was a way to get to the top in any environment, wasn’t it my duty to pursue it?

Identify Your Calling 1st

Someone said there’s nothing worse than climbing the ladder to success only to find it’s leaning against the wrong wall. The wrong way to climb the corporate ladder is to climb it blindly, without first doing the important work of identifying your calling and your personal definition of success.

I’ll admit it, proving you can compete in your culture and win is addictive, but it WILL end in regret. You were born for a purpose and the deep satisfaction, the inner peace and power you’re craving is ONLY satisfied when you search out and answer the call to fulfill that dream.

Yes, you will climb the ladder. There’s nothing wrong with it. But when you climb it believing your value is found there, you’re being deceived.

So Climb.

Reach out and up.

Become the person you were created to be but first take the time to define what success and your highest created purpose really look like. If you start there, based in Kingdom reality, you’ll find your true identity and you’ll carry peace and satisfaction with you no matter what circumstances you encounter.

That’s Breakthrough Leadership.

About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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