Even if you don’t work for yourself,
even if you have a job inside a company and you love it,
that’s what you want to keep doing,
I would actually encourage everyone to think about
how they can develop multiple income streams
in their own life and in their own business.
When I started my professional career
I was a journalist
and I had been doing it for about a year,
and one day I got called into the HR office
and I got laid off without warning.
And they gave me a week’s severance pay.
Technically I had actually already worked Monday,
so it was four days severance pay.
And I somehow had to figure out what to do with myself.
就这样 在22岁 我第一次意识到
And that, at age 22, was my first realization
that the things that we take for granted,
the things that we think are stable, are not always.
If you take the initiative to develop multiple income streams in your business,
if you even just spend a couple of hours a week
developing some kind of a side project for yourself,
there are a host of benefits.
First of all, heaven forbid something happens with your day job,
but if it does, you’ve been cultivating something that
over time, awfully, you’ve been able to create to
bring in additional revenue
which creates a cushion and gives you something else
you might have to be able to pivot toward.
But let me make another case.
Even if you feel 100 percent sure that
things are good with your employer and are going to stay that way,
which is when you do entrepreneurial experimentation on your own time,
you are making yourself more valuable to your company.
In my book, ‘Entrepreneurial You’,
I actually tell the story of a guy named Lenny Achan.
Now Lenny was somebody that I got to know
because I was consulting for his employer.
At the time he used to work for Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
And I kept hearing about him.
People were sort of whispering about him
because he had risen so rapidly in the organization.
And so when I met him I was curious.
我说：“伦尼 你经历了什么 给我讲讲吧”
I said, “Lenny, what’s your story? Tell me.”
And it turns out he had started his career
as a nurse at the hospital,
and by the time I met him,
he was running communications for the hospital.
That is not a traditional career path.
The vast majority of nurses are not doing that.
But the way he was able to dramatically transform
his career and his income
was that he had become interested
in the side, on his own time, with apps.
And so he learned what he need to learn
in order to create a couple of apps on the side.
His boss found out about it,
called him into the office one day.
Lenny was worried because he thought
maybe he had violated some policy he wasn’t aware of.
But instead of firing him or punishing him
his boss said, Lenny, I hear you’ve made some apps.
And Lenny said, well yes, it’s true. I did.
And the boss said,
we need someone to run social media for the hospital.
I think it should be you.
And so he got that promotion
and he did so well with it,
ultimately they gave him the entire communications portfolio.
When you are learning and experimenting on your own time,
you are able to pursue your interests,
deepen your passions, gain more skills
and then bring all of that back to work for your employer.
When they see that you’ve taken the initiative to do that,
it sets you apart.
The vast majority of people are not doing that
and it ultimately is likely to lead to you being rewarded
even more in your current job
and making you that much more secure.