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Have you ever suspected your skill level is equal to the boss’s?

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Question: "I go to work every day suspecting I could actually do the job of the supervisor I'm assisting—and maybe even do it a little bit better. I'm trying to be as patient as I can, but I'm finding it harder and harder to stay motivated when I feel this way. How do other admins manage it when they have these thoughts?" - Ivana, Shipping Logistics Assistant

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Susan January 25, 2016 at 7:06 am

I don’t think it’s very uncommon to feel this way. People get placed in jobs above other people for all sorts of reasons. All you can do is remind yourself that in the end, the best people do get ahead, so you’ll leapfrog your boss someday if you’re really as good as you believe, or wind up somewhere where your skills boost you up the ladder. It just takes time and patience. What you want to avoid is becoming negative and bitter, because this will hurt your career without you even realizing it.

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Gil H. January 15, 2016 at 9:24 am

I definitely think this sometimes, but then I remind myself that every job seems much easier when we’re not in the middle of it eight hours a day. I bet sometimes my boss thinks I have it easy at the same time I think HE has it easy. But if you’re really starting to think this seriously, it’s probably a good sign for your career and means you think big!

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Debra January 13, 2016 at 10:08 am

The quickest way to improve any situation is to change your thinking about it. Your ability to do your supervisor’s job, perhaps even better than they do, makes you a valuable asset to the company… Does your company offer tuition reimbursement? While you are working in a secure situation consider improving your skills or furthering your education. Perhaps there are opportunities within the company for advancement, maybe there are things you can learn from your supervisor, if not this may be a sign to move on. Maybe you can develop a new system, or improve an existing one. When I loose my motivation, the first thing to change is my opinion of the situation, next comes the ideas and then, the motivation.

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