The 4 Habits You Need to Be Successful

The 4 Habits You Need to Be Successful.

In addition to the four habits that Matt Mayberry mentions in his post, I would also add reading Entrepreneur.com to your list!

  • FOCUS YOUR ENERGY ON HIGH-VALUE TASKS
  • PRIORITIZE TASKS RELATED TO YOUR MOST IMPORTANT GOAL
  • FOLLOW THROUGH UNTIL THE TASK IS DONE
  • HAVE A POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE

This recipe for success can be completed in any order!

Just completing one task per day towards your most important goal will make all the difference!

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TUT : Notes from the Universe

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TUT :: Link to Notes from the Universe

Mike Dooley is a genius!

He created a fabulous site, Tut’s Notes from the Universe, that sends daily motivational notes that will make you smile! (see below for an example)

The emails are personalized reminders about specific goals you set for yourself. Including details about your goals in your Tut profile makes the process of goal setting way more fun — which is as it should be.

Remember, you are designing a Life! It’s not just about getting a job, having a career, or making money, it’s about enjoying the journey along the way!

Tell me, when you think of taking consistent action in the general direction of your dreams, do you imagine discipline, stamina, work, sacrifice, monotony, courage, and strategies, or are you thinking adventure, discovery, new friends, excitement at the crack of dawn, magic, surprises, fun, laughter, and, on occasion, the Macarena?

Cool! Me too, “HEY!”

The Universe

                              Your chosen perspective changes everything.

Why Your Ego Needs To Stop Controlling Your Career

Why Your Ego Needs To Stop Controlling Your Career | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

The one piece of advice that most successful entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson emphasize over and over is:

“Follow your heart and the money will follow.”

Discovering your purpose can take time, but if you set out to have fun in the process, you will eventually gravitate towards the activities that you are most passionate about.

This blog post from Fast Company provides a glimpse into how passion fuels your ability to persevere beyond challenges, or fear of failure, until you come up with the right combination of factors that will move you into the realm of the extraordinary.

The point is to move beyond just getting by, or surviving through a week in a job that doesn’t suit who you really are or excite you enough to roll up your sleeves to go above and beyond performing simple tasks.

While you may have to take on a job while figuring out what you really want to be doing, be sure to use your available time to continue building your skills in your preferred area of expertise. Some people hold back from doing this, especially if they are drained by a dead end job.

Flip your thinking and let your passions invigorate you.

The more you move into the flow of doing what you love, even if for just a few hours each week, your “business” will begin to naturally expand and provide you with more energy to handle other tasks.

 

 

Purpose Learning — Lets Kill the College Major | LinkedIn

Lets Kill the College Major | LinkedIn.

Is it time to disrupt higher education?

Author Jeff Selingo, a LinkedIn Influencer and author of College (Un)Bound thinks so.

I happen to agree!

According to a group of forward thinking design students at Stanford University, future students will be designing their degree programs around the concept of “purpose learning”. The students developed a manifesto for their mission-based learning concept along with a promotional video for Stanford 2025 that demonstrates how students in 2025 might go about creating their own individualized degree programs as part of a new system of global collaborative centers, including one in space.

The necessity for students to “declare a major” was built around modern organizational principles. In today’s postmodern digital societies, when institutional structures are no longer serving the needs of its primary customers, those organizing principles will be redefined. For example, during the last two decades, we witnessed the transformation of traditional news media from print and analog products into digitial and social multimedia experiences.

While the Ivory Towers of higher education have been notoriously resistant to change, we are beginning to see cracks forming in their foundations. Students should be able to personalize their educations focused around their own personal mission statement.

Imagine redesigning our education system around the concept of people fulfilling their life purpose instead of hoping to get a job…. that is the mindset these students are attempting to shift.

Challenging students to develop innovative solutions to critical real world issues effecting their future is a fabulous way to inspire purposeful learning!

 

 

Resume Makeovers | The Muse

3 Ultimate Resume Makeovers and What You Can Learn From Them | The Muse.

When was the last time you updated your resume?

In today’s market, it’s important to keep in mind that ALL jobs are temporary. Even if you are feeling like you are at the top rung on your career ladder, circumstances can change in a flash. Keeping your resume current, and staying in contact and nurturing your relationships with your most valued references via social media is ESSENTIAL.

COMPARE your resume to the three sample resumes in this article from The Muse.

Ask yourself:

  • Am I using the top half of my resume to show off my most valuable skills?
  • Am I using action words to summarize my experiences in the most effective way possible?
  • What do I need to add (or cut) to demonstrate I am the best candidate for the job I am applying to?

For that last point, keep in mind, you may need to revise your resume for each position!

 

 

 

4 Lame Excuses To Not Assess Yourself

4 Lame Excuses To Not Assess Yourself.

There are so many fabulous bits of information in this latest email blast from one of today’s top career specialists, JT O’Donnell, Founder of CareerHMO. Click the link above for the full monty!

JT offers up great questions to ask yourself so you can evaluate what a “good” job means to YOU, keeping in mind that we are all unique and one size does not fit all.

The categories she recommends include:

Life Balance – How satisfied you are right now with the 8 key areas of your life. (They are Mental Self, Physical Self, Career, Finances, Significant Other, Friends & Family, Physical Surroundings, Hobbies & Recreations.)

Core Values – Your personal definitions of success for each key area and the priority they hold in your life. (Hint: No two people have the same definitions or priorities.)

Interaction Style – The way you communicate at work and how it is perceived by others. You can learn your interaction style by taking this FREE test.

Work Style – The manner and preference in which you like to accomplish tasks.

Learning Preferences – The ideal resources and methods for you to learn on-the-job.

Unique Gifts – The things you excel at naturally. Many people struggle to determine this accurately because what makes us ‘unique’ feels so normal, that we don’t see it as special.

Passion & Interests – The opportunity to observe how your unique combination of values, strengths and preferences are used when you do things you love.

JT sends out daily advice for job seekers, so sign up for her free newsletters while you are there!

Is Your Career On Track? Take Our Quiz! – Forbes

Is Your Career On Track? Take Our Quiz! – Forbes

My favorite take away from this article is the reminder that:

WE ARE ALL CONSULTANTS!!!!!!

The second reminder is:

ORDER PERSONAL BUSINESS CARDS!!!!

The third reminder is:

GAUGE YOUR PROGRESS…

In order to move forward —->>>  from job —->>> to career —->>> to purpose, you need to complete the SUCCESS cycle by taking time to self-reflect and determine where you are on your path, and what your next steps are.

Take a moment to complete the “Is Your Career On Track?” quiz at Forbes Magazine. It will help you determine if your career is on track, and provides ten steps to move your career forward.

Keep in mind, that the end game is to progress into your purpose. That’s when you’ll really begin to feel in the flow!

You Did Not Get the Job! Now What?

You Did Not Get the Job! Now What?

One of the most challenging, yet essential skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce is learning how to handle rejection. This “soft skill” is rarely taught, but is quickly learned through trial and error.

If you work in sales or if you are an actor, you are more likely to know how to pitch your product or your talent in that proverbial elevator spiel. People in Sales might also know how to convert a “No/Not now” into a “Yes!”

While your ego may tempt you to ignore the news, the hallmark of a true professional is demonstrating that you are a team player and know how to handle rejection. The following repost is an excellent blog from one of today’s leading career experts.

Posted on June 29, 2014Marc MillerNo Comments ↓

No Job photo from ShutterstockYou did not get the job! What do you do now?

You just got the rejection notice that said you did not get the job you really wanted.

What could have happened:

  • There was a more qualified candidate than you for this position.
  • You did not demonstrate one or more attributes that they were looking for in a candidate. You may have those qualities, but you did not convey them in the hiring process.
  • There was an internal candidate that was deemed a safer hire.
  • They just made a mistake and hired the wrong person.

You did not get the job. That is true—but let’s create a process where you can learn and grow from the experience.

What are you going to do now?

Post Interview

Immediately after the interview, consider doing the following:

  • Write a personalized, hand-written thank you note to everyone you interviewed with. If possible, hand carry them to the office where you interviewed.
  • Write a personalized e-mail to everyone you interviewed with.
  • Send a LinkedIn request to everyone you interviewed with. You want to gain as many connections into the organization as possible.

Post-Rejection Notice

After you have been informed that you did not get the job, consider doing the following:

  • E-mail the hiring manager, thanking him or her for the opportunity to interview for the position. Mention that you would like to be considered for other opportunities in the future.
  • E-mail others that you interviewed with, and thank them for their time. Ask them for any feedback that they may be able to provide.
  • If you followed the Targeted Job Search strategy and Targeted the Company , you should have had an employee referral. If so, then ask your referral to do some detective work.

1-2 Months Later

Monitor LinkedIn for changes in the department that you interviewed:

  • Check to see who was hired for the position.
  • If it was an external candidate, check to see how their credentials compare to yours. Were they better qualified?
  • Send a connection request to the individual who was hired.

3-6 Months Later

Reach out to the person hired and ask to meet for coffee or lunch. Ask for AIR-Advice, Insights and Recommendations!

What could happen:

  • The person who was hired might not work out. I have seen this happen!
  • They might open up other positions for which you will be a better fit.
  • You could learn that the person they hired was better qualified and a better fit.

I recently had a client that was hired a year after the person they hired did not work out, and they changed the job description to better fit my client’s qualifications.

When you do not get the job of your dreams, be persistent and do not let inertia set in!

Marc MillerCareer Pivot

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Marc Miller is the founder of Career Pivot which helps Baby Boomers design careers they can grow into for the next 30 years. Marc authored the book Repurpose Your Career: A Practical Guide for Baby Boomers published in January 2013, which has been featured on Forbes.com, US News and World Report, CBS Money-Watch and PBS’ Next Avenue. Career Pivot was selected for the Forbes Top 100 Websites for your Career. Marc has made six career pivots himself, serving in several positions at IBM in addition to working at two successful Austin, Texas startups, teaching math in an inner-city high school and working for a local non-profit. Learn more about Marc and Career Pivot by visiting the Career Pivot Blog or follow Marc on Twitter or Facebook.

7 Pieces of Job Advice

Recent grad at Syracuse

7 Pieces of Job Advice

One of the greatest moments in my life was becoming the first college graduate in my family.

But once the celebrations are over, if you don’t have any current job opportunities lined up, you might find this blog on 7 Pieces of Job Advice helpful.

Today’s job market is very challenging, so you need to use different job search strategies. These include:

  • Building an online presence by creating a LinkedIn profile and using social media professionally
  • Creating a website to promote your personal brand
  • Networking through meetup.com

Also, be sure to stay in touch with your classmates and continue to collaborate with others as often as possible!