How to Become an Invaluable Employee

In today's age of automation it's becoming increasingly hard to create a long lasting relationship with a employer. The days of staying with a company for 20 years and retiring with a nice pension are all but over.

There are exceptions to the rule, but with the way modern businesses are being ran its getting harder and harder to turn a profit without downsizing or shifting work overseas. More and more businesses are hiring contractors and consultants to do their specialized work to save money on insurance. So becoming a employee that is invaluable is paramount.

I know the ‘it” thing in the personal finance genre is to say “ F-U” to your boss and go start your own business, but how how many of you think you can run a successful business right now? There is absolutely nothing wrong with working for another person. As long as you negotiate your salary correctly ,save your money at an high enough rate and become an invaluable employee you will be ok.

To be an invaluable employee you must possess three traits according to Warren Buffett:
  • Integrity 
  • Energy
  • Intelligence
Warren Buffett also maps out why each candidate must possess all three of these important traits
  • Low integrity , high energy and high intelligence and you have a smart, fast-moving thief
  • Low energy , high intelligence and integrity and you have a shopkeeper, not an engine of growth
  • Low intelligence , high energy and integrity and you have strong functionary, but not a great problem solver or visionary.


Being reliable is underrated. As a manager I call upon the people who I know can get the job done. I believe that skills can be trained, but having someone who you think can get the job done on time,on budget, and with respect is vital to the success of your business.

The question is “ how to be reliable?” it starts by asking your supervisor “ how can I help make your job easier?” Then follow through with what they asked you to do. Next, go to your other supervisor and ask them, “ how can I make your job easier?”  Sometimes what they ask of you will be difficult, sometimes they will tell you to go away or that they have no idea what they want you to do. The idea is to establish that you are the go to person when it comes to getting things done.

 Show respect.

No, one ever made it by out doing their boss. As an employee  your job is to make your boss look good. If you look good in the process that's wonderful, but the moment you start trying to steal their thunder is the moment where you have created an enemy. To become an invaluable employee you must keep your supervisors feeling like you have their backs.

Be a leader

Leading is the hardest part of any job. Be someone who others can look up to, who they can confide in, but also hold them accountable. Take the job no one else will, be the first to work and the last to leave.


Positive Attitude

Many people do not realize the thoughts they have are what's driving ( or not driving) their behaviors. Having a positive attitude is paramount if you want to have a great day. Complaining, moping around the office, gossiping all leads to low energy work. I've seen people who were outstanding at their work get fired for having a crappy attitude.


Figuring out the problem before it happens is a great way to make your boss's job easier. Trying looking for problems, solve them, then bring it to your supervisors attention.

Be disciplined.

"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment." said Jim Rohn. Discipline is the greatest obstacle in preventing most people from achieving the levels of success they desire. Take a moment to process that if you had the discipline to do everything you knew you should do, even when you did not feel like doing it, how much more successful you will be in achieving your personal and professional goals. Prioritize your to do list. Focus on the must-accomplish-today tasks and disregard the other.



I am a firm believer in the multi-disciplined approach to problem solving. Learning the basics of a few mental disciplines will enable you to better solve problems that will be presented to you. If you look at the stock market as an extension of physics then the concept that the market is efficient doesn’t seem so bad. But, if you look at the market as a byproduct of Darwin's survival of the fittest, you will see the market as a living breathing organism that shrinks and grows slowly, but also violently and abrupt. If a problem is too hard to figure out as a personal trainer, try solving the problem as a physicist.  

Rational thinking

I talk at length on this site about making rational choices, but if you want to be an invaluable employee, then it is a must to stay focused on making your thought process as rational as possible.


The good news about this post is that is also applies to running a successful business, or being a great manager.  Whatever your long term goal is, these helpful tips will allow you too be valuable to fire.

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