Life’s Too Short for the Wrong Job

Feeling lost in your career is never a bad thing. Rather, it is your call to action. It is telling you that there is something missing in your life and you deserve a chance to find it. And you will find it!

A career has many doors – and it is up to us to open them. – Dr. Marla Gottschalk

Have the courage to leave something behind – your fear. You need to take stock of yourself and take a strange route if you need to. direction-292x300Keep on experimenting with your career while you’re still young.

Take more risks in your 20s and early 30s. – Steve Tappin

Move and do something.

Life’s too short for the wrong job. -jobsintown.de

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Never, never, never, never give up!

If you really yearn to achieve something, you must pursue it no matter what it takes. In the process of trying to reach your ambition, you must be ready to make sacrifices. Most of all, you must learn how to handle rejections and failures.

Be inspired with these famous rejections:

Famous Failures

Yes, your journey to life could be difficult sometimes, but you can make it easy if, given whatever circumstance in life, you do your best all the time to attract the opportunities you need and you always carry the right attitudes (humility, determination and creativity). It is also required the you muster the courage to face your situation squarely and look for a way out. There is always a way out.

Big breaks do not always come in a silver platter. You have to set up your circumstance in a way that will attract opportunities you are looking for. And if opportunities do not come to you as expected, take it from Winston Churchill:

Never, never, never, never give up.

Leave Behind a Good Reputation for Others to Talk About

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Snails leave behind slime as they This slime is a powerful form of suction which enables them to move upside down, around corners, and assume comical positions.

Like the Snail, Leave Behind a Good “Slime”

Moving is inherent in our lives. We move when we resign from our current job,  transfer to another company, occupy a new house, bid goodbye to colleagues or friends after a group travel, graduate from high school or college, transfer to another school, leave  a community after project completion, and so forth. As we move, we humans are also leaving something behind us, like the snail.

Have you realized that whenever you are new to a place or to your work, your new colleagues would always tell you something about your predecessor or about the people who had left or had resigned from the company that hired you?

I think this is natural. You cannot blame or stop your colleagues from sharing stories, good or bad, about those people who were with the company before you. This is not an act of gossip. This is an act of informal post social evaluation.

The reality is that we are evaluated, more often than not, after we have moved out of a place or work.

I know you would say, “So what? I don’t care about what that they would say about me. I would not see them anymore anyway.” These are normal reactions by many of us. However, once we reflected on the implications of what our former colleagues would say about us after we left a job, we would start to care about what we should leave behind every time we move. Why? Because that general opinion of others about us especially after we have left an organization or a company is our reputation.

Reputation is commonly defined as an opinion about an entity. It is typically the result of some social evaluation on a set of criteria. It may be considered as a component of our identity as defined by others.

I believe, and I think you would agree, that a good reputation is one of our best assets. For Dr. Alex Lickerman, the founder of happinessinthisworld.com, our reputation is a tool for practical navigation through daily life.

Rob Brown, one of the world’s leading authorities on personal marketing, networking, executive presence, referrals, and reputations has this food for thought on reputation:

 “A strong personal reputation means people come to you first, above and beyond any of their other choices.”

For those who would want to explore the topic further, I suggest you get a copy of Rob Brown’s bestseller book “How to Build Your Reputation.”

Get Hunted by the Head Hunters

Last year, I met two “head hunters” on different occasions. They both presented me with job opportunities in recognized mining companies. Though I was not looking for a job at that time, I accepted each of their invitations for a meeting. After discussing their company profiles, they informed me that my former colleagues referred me to them. I would have felt I was the luckiest man in the world at that time if I were desperately looking for job at that very moment.

Two key lessons could be drawn from this experience. One, the hiring strategy of big companies had changed drastically over the course of time. The use of head hunters is now popular among companies. These head hunters’ task is to find the right people for a job. To facilitate their search, head hunters look for people who could refer or recommend potential candidates, instead of advertising the jobs and screening tons of resumes.  Second, since the “referral system” is now the rule, would it be nice to think that we should have references everywhere?

When we leave a good reputation every time we move, companies will look for us, instead of us looking for them. Colleagues and clients who had pleasant experiences working with us would be very generous with their words about us. That is why it is important for us to do our best at each step of our career. One good thing surely leads to another.

Leaving behind an excellent reputation is tantamount to expanding our world, and thus, widening our opportunities. If we left our job but have a good reputation, we have a 99% chance that another good job offer will come knocking right at our door steps. We need not look hard and long.

Beware of Six Degrees of Separation

If you think that those persons you have worked with before will have no relationship with you in the future once you cut your ties with them, you should think again.

There is a reality in our lives which is known as “six degrees of separation.” This refers to the idea that everyone is, on average, approximately six steps away from us by way of introduction from any other person on Earth. Because of this, a chain of “a friend of a friend” statement can be made, on average, to connect any two people in six steps or fewer.

We will never really know if the third person next to us in the office or cubicle is a sister or a friend or a wife or a daughter of anyone of those we have worked with before. If we knew, we wish we had done them well. And we would be careful as to what we were leaving behind.

Like the snail, the slime in our life is our reputation. Once we are able to establish a good reputation, we can move upside down and around corners, and the best things in life will always follow. So, always be careful to leave something good behind.

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This is part of my eBook entitled  “It’s The Snail, John! Five Down-To-Earth Lessons About Life & Success At Work”

My eBook is now published and available via Smashwords.com https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/287917 a

Live Outside the Box: Be Visible To Attract Opportunities

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THE WAY YOU WERE TAUGHT

  • Play it safe!
  • Don’t tell to anybody what you know – they may copy it!
  • Stay in your room!
  • Compete-don’t share!
  • Don’t do something crazy-people may laugh at you!

Following these dogmas made you live inside a box –

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And you don’t deserve that!

TO LIVE IS TO BE VISIBLE

  • To show yourself;
  • To share your talents and skills;
  • To try something you have never tried doing.

You have to live outside the box –

  • Create;
  • Give;
  • Explore;
  • Take risks;
  • Connect;
  • Help.

To live is to be visible – and to be visible is to attract opportunities!

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WAYS TO BE VISIBLE

  • Start your blog
  • Publish an eBook
  • Sign-up on Twitter, Linkedin, Google+ etc
  • Have your website
  • Participate in different events – or better start organizing your own

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Your visibility can attract opportunities –

  • Job offer
  • Funding
  • New projects
  • Networks
  • Income
  • Freelancing

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DON’T WORRY,

YOU DON’T NEED TO INVENT SOMETHING THAT WILL CHANGE THE WORLD.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TO FOCUS ON YOUR PASSION OR SKILLS AND SHARE THEM!

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THERE ARE GROUP OF PEOPLE AND INDIVIDUALS OUT THERE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR ANSWERS AND EVEN WILLING TO PAY WHEN THEY FOUND WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING FOR.

But, you have to be visible first for them to connect with you & show you opportunities you never expect you will get!

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Start living outside of your box – and opportunities will come to you!

5 Top Reasons Why You Should Be Thankful If You Were Born In 1982

If you were born in 1982, like me, you should be thankful!

Here’s why:

  1. You’re 31 years old now. You’ve already experienced a lot of things. Most probably, you’ve already defined what you wanted to do in life. Those who are still feeling lost or confused about their lives will miss today’s opportunities!
  2. Today you are experiencing a huge transformation in every facet of your life. This transformation brings so many opportunities. Everything’s get smarter – smart phone, smart tv etc. In a matter of second you can access the information you’re looking for; you can connect to every person living in any parts of the world and learn from their experiences and interests. You can use this opportunity to pursue your goal!
  3. A lot of social media tools are free (twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc). You can use them on your advantage and attract opportunities – new projects, jobs, networks etc.
  4. It is now easy to dream and pursue it. Dreaming to launch a business? GO! DO IT NOW! Almost all of the tools you need are coming for free. It’s just a matter of focusing on your passion/skills and finding group of people who are willing to pay for them. Ergo, you have a business!
  5. Planning to write down your ideas and have your book? GO! DO IT NOW! Don’t spend too much time looking for traditional publisher who will accept your manuscript. You will just end frustrated by their antique rules. Their time is counted. Instead, go visit Kindle Direct Publishing or Smashwhord. In minutes or so you have your E-book ready to be distributed in Kindle Store, Amazon, Kobo and Noble & Barnes that can be accessed/downloaded by anyone in the world!

Everything is about extra-ordinary opportunities of the time and seizing them while they are around and you are still around! So, swerve now and create your own lane! You have no excuses anymore!

In Chapter 2 of Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: Story of Success, he presented that out of the seventy-five richest people in history 14 are Americans and born within nine years of each other in the mid-19th century.

Here’s the excerpt:

Do you know what’s interesting about that list? Of the 75 names, an astonishing 14 are Americans born within nine years of each other in the mid-19th century. Think about that for a moment. Historians start with Cleopatra and the Pharaohs and comb through every year in human history ever since, looking in every corner of the world for evidence of extraordinary wealth, and almost 20 percent of the names they end up with come from a single generation in a single country.

Here’s the list:

01. John Rockefeller, 1839.
02. Andrew Carnegie, 1835.
28.Frederick Weyerhaeuser, 1834.
33. Jay Gould, 1836.
34. Marshall Field, 1834.
35. George Baker, 1840.
36. Hetty Green, 1834.
44. James G. Fair, 1831.
54. Henry H. Rogers, 1840.
57. J.P. Morgan, 1837.
58. Oliver Payne, 1839.
62. George Pullman, 1831.
64. Peter Widener, 1834.
65. Philip Armor, 1832.

What’s going on here? The answer is obvious, if you think about it. In the 1860’s and 1870’s, the American economy went through perhaps the greatest transformation in its history. This was when the railways were built, and when Wall Street emerged. It was when industrial manufacturing started in earnest. It was when all the rules by which the traditional economy functioned were broken and remade. What that list says is that it really matters how old you were when that transformation happened.

If you were born in the late 1840’s, you missed it. You were too young to take advantage of that moment. If you were born in the 1820’s, you were too old: your mindset was shaped by the pre-Civil War paradigm. But there is a particular, narrow nine-year window that was just perfect for seeing the potential that the future held. All of the 14 men and women on that list had vision and talent. But they also were given an extraordinary opportunity. .

http://www.gladwell.com/outliers/outliers_excerpt1.html