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It is aggravating being a coach and a parent watching other parents complain that their child doesn’t get their fair share of playing time.  I could have done this with my own son this season, but instead I told him to work harder and he is now a starter.  Those who show effort and willingness to learn will earn their playing time.  We do our children a disservice by expecting someone to give them a role they haven’t put in the work for or don’t have the skill to perform.

We have to realize this applies to ourselves as well in our business lives.  You need to show to your company that you have value and that they are better off with you as a starter.  As a developer this may mean that you need to spend your own time writing a proof of concept.  Another approach is to ask what areas the company has skill deficiencies and make an effort to gain those skills.  You should also see if you can find a mentor.  Often this will make the road easier and both of you can improve your game.

The more you show that you have the ability and drive to make the company successful the more often they will come to you first for the important projects.  Work hard, make yourself visible and earn your playing time.