Are You Better Off than You Were 4 Years Ago?

"Are you better off today than you were 4 years ago?” That’s the question Republicans are imploring Americans to answer as they make their way to the voting booths in November.  Let’s put politics and party affiliations aside and apply this question to you and your career, to you and your company.

Most of us don’t think in 4-year chunks. We are retrospective and introspective about the early days, last year or even last week. Four years is a rather arbitrary benchmark post-college.  And we aren’t choosing a President of Public Relations, though that would be great fun.

So, as the Democratic Convention kicks off this week and Obama supporters are advised to answer “absolutely!” to the “4-year” question, how would you answer:

* Are you better off in your career now than you were 4 years ago? (you’ve taken chances, had some “wins”, learned from some losses,  been fairly compensated and handed more responsibilities?)

* Is your company doing better than it was in 2008 and how did you, or didn’t you, contribute to that? (At the baseline, do you know how your company is performing? Were you able to have an impact on its successes?)

* Are your customers, clients and fellow employees more satisfied with you today than thousands of days ago? (Have you asked lately? Do you feel you’ve made a positive impact on your stakeholders? Do you care – enough, not enough?)

If you answered Absolutely to the questions above, congratulations. You are probably the 1 percent of Contents. For most of us, it’s a question covered in a lot of gray area.  But just asking it regularly – more than every four years – is a step in the right direction. So, thank you Romney and Obama for introducing this question to our lives. I will definitely vote for one of you.

-    Diane Schwartz

@dianeschwartz (please follow me on Twitter for at least the next 4 years)

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