In the past, careers were stable, linear and singular. People chose one path and pursued it over the course of their lives from college to retirement. In our modern age of technology driven exponential change – this model no longer works.
Careers are now complex, fragmented, specialized, collaborative and ever evolving. More often than not, our work life will be made up of a portfolio of micro-careers. – sparks & honey
If you want to increase your chances of getting a breakthrough idea, you will need to break the bonds of the familiar. Hang out with a different crowd. Go beyond the usual suspects. Seek the input of oddballs, mavericks, outcasts, or, at the very least, people outside of your field. – Mitchell Lewis Ditkoff
Shine is an exhilarating new guide to loving your work, and living your working life to the full. For Seth Godin, this book doesn’t read, it buzzes.
Who’s Elvis around here?
This has always been Bono’s (U2 lead singer) opening question everytime he goes to any organization as part of his well-publicized mission to eradicate Third World debt.
According to Brown, the Elvis, who Bono is looking for, is the person who stands out, breaks the rules, makes things happen, shines more brightly, and probably love every minute of it.
Brown believes that you can be a bit more Elvis. You have all the ability to stand out.
So are you ready upping your ‘Elvis Factor’? Bring it on! Here’s how according to Brown:
Understand that you are amazing. You have no limitations but the ones you impose upon yourself. You have all you need to shine.
Have an abundant thinking. When you embrace abundant thinking you soon realize that people want to be near you.
Slow down. To truly shine, you need to tune yourself into you…To do that you need to slow down and take a deep breath. By breathing deeply you feed your brain more oxygen, which it needs to function well.
Perception flip. If perspective is everything, you need flexibility and awareness in how you perceive. Make distinction between a good perspective and a stuck one.
Be human and screw up.
Go with the flow. Find a wave that helps you, and ride it.
Know what you stand for.
Go somewhere else. Do something that helps you relax and opens you.
Make sure you notice when the people you work with are great. And appreciate them for being so. Make it personal.
Know your North Star. If at work you don’t know where you’re going, chances are you’re just warming a seat.
Assume everyone is an angel.
Give your meetings teeth.
Instead of imagining your life, live it. Do something real and try something out.
Get fresh. To get fresh, you have to break habits and do things differently. Mess with everything. This keeps your brain fresh and your creativity pumping. Life will never be dull.
Surround yourself with interesting people.
Don’t use your position to control others.
If ain’t fun, stop doing it. When we are doing something that we enjoy it is much easier to be shiny, and time just flies by.
Travel. Travel keeps you fresh, tolerant and always open to new experiences.
Hang out with resonators, not vampires. Resonators are people that have an energy that is infectious. They believe anything is possible and they believe that everything should be fun. Vampires, on the other hand, love taking energy.
Do iconic – making a lasting impression that creates a halo around you.
Chill and laugh.
Make friends and dump some.
Wear clothes that up your energy, physically and mentally. Wear clothes that represent who you are to the world while still making you feel great.
Daydream. Kick back, gaze out of the window and enjoy.
Be interested in other people, their struggles and their dreams.
Make stuff simple.
Surround yourself with talent that scares you.
Be a brand. Be a saleable brand.
Do what you love and are great at.
Stop talking – listen.
Believe. People don’t shine brightly unless they believe the deserve to do so.
That is not the question. The question is why not?
Go ahead. Take photos of your self. Post them everywhere to let the world know that someone like you exists. You have waited this era for so long where you can be noticed in an instant.
In the internet era, the limelight is no longer exclusive for the rich and the famous.
To selfie is to be visible.
To selfie is human.
However, it is neither about your eyes nor your eyebrows but what others would remember when they see them. It is neither about your red lips nor your cute mouth but how many hearts and minds have you inspired the last time you used them.
To selfie is easy but to keep others from feeling annoyed is otherwise.