Are you in the right career?

Here’s an article that will interest you if you’re looking to make a change. It’s by Kathleen Gage,
a keynote speaker and business advisor.
Take it away Kathleen:
Ever wonder if you are in the right career? If you are like most people you have. Did you know that 80% of people are currently misemployed? They are either underemployed, not happy with their current position or not fairly compensated for their skill and/or function set. If so many people are misemployed, why do they stay in their current situation? Why do they not take the necessary steps to move into something that will be fulfilling and something they can look forward to doing every day – a situation they can truly be proud of?
The following are some of the most common reasons:

  • Complacency
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Fear of change
  • Not knowing what their options are
  • Don’t want to give up the familiar, no matter how uncomfortable the familiar is
  • Staying within their comfort zone
  • No time to search for something new
  • They just don’t know how to make a change
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of success (they may actually get what they dreamed of)
  • They fear the job search is more frustrating than their current unsatisfactory job
  • Not knowing where to begin
    How often have we heard others give these reasons for not moving out of an unpleasant situation? How often have we said this to ourselves if we are actually misemployed? Imagine looking back over your life and saying, “I wish I would have done it differently.”
    So often in life, it is not what we do that we regret, rather what we don’t do that we regret the most. Things like not making a change when we knew a change was in order, or not taking the appropriate steps to move into a situation that would lend itself to a more fulfilling life both personally and professionally.
    If you or anyone you know are looking to make a career change, the following steps will help to make a smoother transition and find the courage to make that shift:
    1. Evaluate your current situation
  • 2. Decide you are ready to change
  • 3. Give yourself a timeframe for making the change
  • 4. Get excited about the change
  • 5. Become enlightened about your own values and realize you are worth a great situation
  • 6. Decide what kind of career would truly make you happy
  • 7. Determine what would bring you fulfillment
  • 8. Believe you deserve it
  • 9. Be willing to put time and effort into you transition
  • 10. Have a plan of action
  • 11. Take action on a daily basis
  • 12. Consult with people who have been successful in their own career shift
  • 13. Be willing to invest in yourself
  • 14. Work with a coach to keep you motivated
  • 15. Go after what you want
    Most of all – be willing to acknowledge that life is not a dress rehearsal, this is the real thing. When you look back over your life are you going to wish you had it to do all over and you had taken risks to move you into situation that would bring a deep level of satisfaction to you and your loved ones? The reality is that when we are in a career that brings us a deep sense of satisfaction, all those around us benefit from the fact that we are more fully present in life rather than constantly talking about wishing things would change. The truly successful people in life are the ones who are willing to create their happiness on a daily basis with the minute-by-minute actions they take and the thoughts they entertain.

New job blues: follow up

Well since my last post I have got my head down and got to work. I have said to myself that I will give this a shot, if im gonna go down, im going down fighting.

I have to say that it certainly isn’t by any means easy, but anything worth having never is. Action plans have been developed and are currently been implimented. Support has been sought and hopefully will be given. All in all, on the up!!

Its still too early to say if im gonna be a success,  but nothing ventured, nothing gained.

If I don’t believe in me, who else is going to?
I call the process of doing your art ‘the work.’  It’s possible to have a job and do the work, too.  In fact, that’s how you become a linchpin.



Success tips

5: Start Now

There are many factors that go into becoming a success in both your professional and personal life, but the one that is required is “taking action”! Most people miss out on reaching their full potential because they never start.

They are always preparing, planning and waiting for that “perfect moment” The stars rarely align and you will never be completely ready, so just start now and adjust along the way!

Good luck and let me know your own experiences!

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4: Hunt for mentors

People who “make it” usually credit their success to a mentor or a group of mentors who really helped guide them to get to where they are.

Mentors have gone down the road that you want to travel and guide you to get to your destination faster than if you went at it alone. If you usually find you want to be healthy, you would find a mentor who is already healthy. If you want to be rich, then you have to find someone who is already rich.

What surprises me is how rarely people engage in mentoring relationships and those who do usually find mentors in only one aspect of their lives. If you want to be successful, be active about finding mentors that will help you achieve what you want.

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3: Add Value

No matter what you do and where you go, you cannot go wrong with adding value. Simply put, value is anything that people are willing to pay for.

In your professional life, the more value you can offer, the more money you can make.

In your personal life, more value translates to closer relationships and strong personal growth.

The best way to add value is to find the intersection between what people are willing to pay for and what services or products you can offer that is aligned with your values, strengths and goals


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2: Be Extraordinary

If you do the same thing as everyone else, its hard to be successful. It is important  to find the edge and then push past it. That is how you become noticed and get what you want. Whether it is money, meaningful relationships and/or a sense of personal accomplishment, the extraordinary person attracts them all.

How are you extraordinary? If you feel just ordinary, what are you going to do to become extraordinary?


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1: Be resilient

Things rarely work out the way you planned and there will always be distractions and stumbling blocks that you have to deal with when you are on your road to success. The key point to remember is to persist and to develop the courage to move on, even when everyone around you is telling you its ok to give up. This does not mean stubbornly holding on to your original plan but rather continuing to pursue your goal as long as the reasons for doing  so are still valid ( make sure you know the why of what you want).

When everything seems to be going wrong, keep in mind this   “the road to success is paved with a thousand failures”

so each failure actually brings you closer to where you want to be.

20 sec reading: the giant tree

20 sec reading: the giant tree

by Paulo Coelho on October 17, 2012

By Paulo Coelho

A carpenter and his apprentices were travelling through the province of Qi in search of building materials. They saw a giant tree; five men all holding hands could not encompass its girth, and its crown reached almost to the clouds.
‘Let’s not waste our time with this tree,’ said the master carpenter. ‘It would take us for ever to cut it down. If we wanted to make a ship out of that heavy trunk, the ship would sink. If we tried to use it to build a roof, the walls would have to be specially reinforced.’
The group continued on its way. One of the apprentices remarked:
‘Such a big tree and no use to anyone!’
‘That’s where you’re wrong,’ said the master carpenter. ‘The tree was true to its own destiny. “If it had been like all the others, we would have cut it down. But because it had the courage to be different, it will remain alive and strong for a long time yet.’

Ways to invest in yourself

If you stripped Bill Gates of his assets and dumped him on the street…he’d be back to living a comfortable life with plenty of income in about a week. Why?

Bill Gates has tons of human capital.

Wikipedia defines human capital as

“The stock of competencies, knowledge, social and personality attributes, including creativity, embodied in the ability to perform labour so as to produce economic value.”

If Bill Gates suddenly became homeless he could walk into the headquarters of any major company on the planet, offer his services as a consultant and start making 6+ figures a year. Focusing on building your human capital is a lot more productive than worrying about “job security.”

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have so much human capital that you never had to worry about unemployment again? Let’s look at a few ways to invest in your most valuable asset – yourself.

Here’s the deal: I’ve listed 8 self-improvement challenges for you to take on. Leave a comment each time you start or complete one of them.

Ready, set, go!

1. Discover your Strengths

What are you doing when you are at your best?

This question is deceptively simple but incredibly powerful. The most successful people in the world have discovered the things they are best at and build their working lives around those strengths.

2. Do a time diary

How do you (really) spend your time?

For one day, write down what you want to accomplish and then use an online tool called Time Tracker to keep a record of everything you do. At the end of the day compare your goals with what actually happened.

This is an amazingly revealing exercise because it shows you how much time you waste on random, useless activities. How much time do you spend checking email? How much time on Facebook? How much time endlessly browsing the news, feeling productive but not actually accomplishing anything?

As an exercise, see if you can identify the 20% of your time that produced 80% of your results. What can you do to have more highly productive time like this?

3. Set Weekly Goals and Review Progress

What is your #1 goal this week?

This personal investment strategy is similar to time management, but it lasts for an entire week. Oftentimes, we get so caught up in the day to day rush that we fail to step back and look at the things that are most critical.

It’s the old urgent-versus-important problem. We spend our time dealing with small, urgent issues, when we should be focusing on important (but non-urgent) tasks.

This week, fight back against the chaos by setting one main goal that you want to have accomplished in seven days.  You can also pick two secondary goals if you’re feeling ambitions, but no more than that.

Look back on how you did at the end of the week. Did setting goals help you work more purposefully and effectively? If you had done nothing but work on your three main goals, what would have happened?

4. Get a Mentor

This is a harder challenge, but the benefits are worth it.

You need to find a mentor.

Make a list of everyone you know who has a lot of experience in your line of business. If you don’t know anyone who meets this criterion, broaden the search to people you know who were very successful in another field or with whom you particularly resonate.

Then, rank order your list of potential mentors by preference and start contacting them! Try to set up a regular meeting time and overarching goals for the relationship when you first get together. I’d also recommend establishing a task to work on in between each of your meetings, so you can get feedback and support from your mentor.

Mentoring relationships are a powerful source of knowledge, inspiration and connections – don’t miss out!

5. Read a Great Book

Great books are like prepackaged boxes of ideas, painstakingly put together by a brilliant author for you to assimilate. Why not take advantage of this amazing resource?

Here are a few of my favorite business books. I challenge you to read at least one of them over the next month:

Each of these books transformed the way I thought about business. Reading these books is like hiring a rockstar consultant…for $9.99.

6. Start a Habit

What is one thing you wish you did every day?

Here are some ideas:

  • Write a blog post
  • Learn something
  • Exercise
  • Reach out to an influencer
  • Brainstorm ideas

Either take one of the above ideas or come up with your own. You’re about to make the chosen activity into a habit that you perform each and every day, using one simple truth.

You can do anything for 21 days.

7. Be Thankful

Being thankful is surprisingly powerful.

As Shawn Achor explains in his TED talk, taking five minutes each day to list three things you’re thankful for trains your mind to look for the positive. Amazingly, maintaining a positive mindset makes you more productive and effective in your work (as well as happier in general!).

Who knew?

As an aside, I started doing this a few months ago. Within a week of adopting this habit, I had a string of absolutely incredible brainstorming sessions that gave me a vision for Viibrant’s development over the next year.

That week was one of the most productive and creative periods in my life…and I wonder if it had anything to do with my new “thankfulness” habit. It may have just been a coincidence, but we’ll never know for sure.

8. Find Your Why

Purpose is a powerful thing. It gets you up in the morning and keeps you awake at night. Anyone who accomplished anything great was driven by a strong, deeply-held belief of what is wrong with the world and how it can be made right.

What is your purpose? Why do you work?

Take an hour today to sit quietly by yourself and reflect on what you care about most deeply. What types of “bigger than yourself” activities really get you fired up or make you feel most fulfilled?

Don’t skip this challenge. The benefits of knowing your purpose will last a lifetime.


Are you ready to get started with these challenges?

Leave a comment below when you start or complete a challenge – let’s see how much human capital we can develop together!

You hate your job and you are unable to quit, what next? step 2

Look at the list of things you dislike. Are there any issues that can be resolved? There probably are. Most situations are not as hopeless as they seem. For example, if you’re having problems with your boss, can you sit down and discuss them with him or her? Before you do, try to look at the problem objectively. There are two sides to every story. Try to see your boss’s side. Maybe you can make some changes that will change the relationship.

Are you unhappy with the work itself? Sometimes a job evolves so that what you were hired to do isn’t exactly what you are doing. If you are doing only work you aren’t interested in, you need to do something about it. Don’t let your employer decide your career path for you. You must be proactive, or you’ll just be dragged along. You need to get experience in your field of interest. This is how you build your resume. Of course this isn’t what you want to tell your boss, but you should speak up.

After a downsizing, remaining employees end up with an excessive amount of work to do. Having additional responsibilities isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Your boss may have given them to you because he or she felt you could handle it. If you are truly overwhelmedand can’t complete your work within a reasonable amount of time you should talk to your boss. In some companies overtime is a given, not an option. Include that time in what you consider to be a “reasonable amount of time.” If everyone walks out the door at 5:00 PM, but you have to stay until 8:00 PM, something is wrong.

Now, consider the listof things you like about your job. Are there particular things you enjoy doing. Try to take on more of those responsibilities. Most likely, if you enjoy what you’re doing, you’ll do it well and your work will be noticed.

Do you get along with your boss, but hate the work you’re doing? A smart boss will be hesitant to give up an employee with whom he or she has a good relationship. He or she will probably be willing to accommodate that employee. Let your boss know that you’d like to do more of the work you enjoy, but are willing to pick up the slack where necessary.

Looking For More?

I’ve heard people complain that they are bored with their jobs. They feel they can handle greater responsibilities then they’ve been given. In that case, ask for more responsibility. Express an interest in projects you know you can handle. If you get turned down, don’t worry. Prove yourself instead. Find volunteer opportunities where you can hone your skills. Call your boss’s attention to what you’re accomplishing outside of work. If your new experience isn’t acknowledged, be assured it will be appreciated sometime in the future when it becomes part of your resume.

Find out what educational benefits your company offers. Many larger companies provide tuition assistance or reimbursement for their employees. They sometimes require that you stay at the company for a time after completing your education. With the cost of a college education as high as it is, making this commitment might be worth it.

Following the suggestions in this article can help you make the most of a less than perfect situation. If you have no choice but to stay with your current employer, you have nothing to lose anyway. You may even gain something — new skills, an education, etc. You may not only find that you can tolerate your job, you may begin to enjoy it.