A few years back, I wrote a post about how to enjoy the job you have until you have the job you want.
Here’s another suggestion
Over at The Talent Code, Daniel Coyle wrote a post about how a disproportionate number of CEOs began their careers in the mailroom and worked their way up. (This was also the plot line for an 80’s movie, The Secret of My Success, starring Michael J. Fox.)
Despite their lowly position on the corporate ladder, these underdogs took advantage of being smack dab in the middle of the company’s information flow where they were able to maximize their learning and position themselves for advancement.
As Paramount/Fox CEO Barry Diller says:
“My great strategy was to take what was seen as the worst job in the building — photocopying I’d collect things to copy, along with as much of the file room as I could carry, and hole myself up reading through the history of the entertainment business as seen through every deal, every development, every contract I read their entire file room.”
Of course, the digital age has rendered the the mailroom-to-CEO route extinct but the lesson remains: Create a training regimen in your current role that will maximize your ability to access, synthesize and leverage crucial organizational and industry information.
p.s. Side benefit: you’ll be more engaged in your work and able to get into the flow zone.