(verb: put into a restrictive category)
It's very real. Your results, your attitude, your effort, your curiosity, your interest (lack of indifference) ... all of it will put you in a category in the mind of your manager/ boss/ supervisor.
I assume most of us would rather not be pigeonholed in a bad place.
I once talked with the dean of a college about giving a copy of my books 212 the extra degree and Cross The Line as part of the welcoming package for their new students ... a spark of encouragement to set the tone. Almost immediately she saw it as a good idea ... “but only for the advanced or honors students.”
“Why?” I asked.
“Advanced students know they need to push things and know to look for and use advice.” I took that to mean she thought the others likely wouldn’t value the material ... not a good investment.
Occasionally, I hear similar things from management in different organizations. “We'll give a copy to the leadership team,” they tell me. “It'll be great!”
“Why not everyone?” I ask. “Why not get everyone Crossing The Line and being 212? Why not get everyone Smoving?”
“Our leaders will get into it. The others ... I'm not sure it's a good investment.”
Don't allow yourself to be pigeonholed as “not worth the investment.”
Be sure you shine as someone interested in their work ... someone who's results-driven ... curious ... positive... solution-oriented ... and coachable (enjoy a 6-point check on your coachability).
Remember ... it's your life. You're responsible for it ... regardless of circumstances.
Be worth the investment.
One more thought…
P.S. Know a high school or college student? Please share this thought with them at some point (or give them one of the collections as a gift ... even if they're not an honors student).