“Quitting Sucks”: An Interview
By Jesse Bastide, Stockholm, Sweden
At the end of November, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ken Lubin. Since Ken is no slouch when it comes to the writing department, I’ll let him introduce himself right now.
“I am an Executive Athlete, Executive Recruiter, father and husband who loves to push the limits of physical and mental endurance. I love to see what the body and mind can achieve and intentionally put myself in difficult circumstances.” -http://www.mudandadventure.com/2013-death-race-recap-by-ken-lubin-tied-for-winner/
Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll learn if you read this entire interview:
(unless you are willing to embrace it)
That is the number one reason.
When most of us are kids we say we are going to be a Ski Guide, Coach, Teacher, Dr., Lawyer or CEO, but what percentage of the population actually becomes who they dreamed about? Very minimal. We have become content, to make just enough, and watch too much TV, rather than working to achieve our dreams. Have you ever noticed those that land the dream jobs, spent countless hours going after them; often times working for free or minimum wage, they had the belief that they will reach their goal, they were willing to sacrifice, eat PB&J and put their head down. (most of us won’t do that) They didn’t let others influence them or take the easy way out, they committed, stayed focused and worked their asses off towards the goal.
Did you do that? Or did you become content, mediocre, and just skate by. If you did and enjoy it, good for you, but if you are asking how do I get my dream job, you have to be willing to lay it on the line, become friends with your fear and push through when no one else believes. It is a very simple concept, but not easy. Admit it, you let your fear get in the way, because fear of the unknown if much scarier than comfort in the present. (remember great things don’t come from comfort zones)
So start your podcast, build your site, create your tribe…. Because what you do for work, is not who you are, create you, and create your dream job.
Imagine what you could do in one year!
If you focused on a passion, career, relationship, anything; what could you do if you gave it all you have for one year? Things can change in one second, one minute, one hour, one day, one week…. You get it. Take the time to commit to being outside of your comfort zone and embark on your journey. We all have personal goals in the back of our minds that keep getting pushed back deeper and deeper. Take this time, write them down, and bring them into your life. In one year, I believe that you will be where you want to be and then some.
This is a challenge I am making to myself and I am very curious, anxious and excited to start this journey.
Make a commitment and see what you can do. The clock is ticking! Tomorrow you only have 364 days left to achieve your goal.
Good Luck and be awesome!
During the initial phases of my business career it seemed as though the most successful were the biggest jerks. (we all the know the types) That in order to rise to the top that you need to be an arrogant know it all that had all the answers. It was very intimidating, demeaning, but somewhat interesting. What I learned is that many of them had the least self-esteem, no real friends and were ultimately suffering the worst. They didn’t feel the need to apply the principles of
Wouldn’t it be much more fun and easier to treat your coworkers and customers with respect? Be able to provide common courtesy? Teach others how win and not keep everything for yourself? This is how winning teams and cultures are made- create a no A**Hole culture and believe me you and your business will thrive! – Ken
Do you follow the masses or are you on your own path?
If you follow everyone else, you will be just like everyone else; those statistics are scary:
1. The average American is overweight
2. Less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day;2 only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week
3. The average American thinks the government's number-one priority should be to help keep and create jobs in America
4. The average American watches 2 hours and 49 minutes of television a day.
5. The average American is Divorced
6. The average American hasn't finished college
I don’t know about you, but looking at what everyone else does is frightening . In the US we have accepted mediocrity, laziness, and sub par performances as normal; this needs to change.
Everyone says that they want to be rich, beautiful, healthy, and happy but are not willing to work for it! We have developed a world of instant gratification and laziness and that isn't working. On average our kids will live 5 years less than us, be more broke, and won’t be able to live up to the standard of living they are used to unless we change what average is. To be better than average we need to work hard, be focused, get off the couch and be role models for the next generation.
Let’s get the world to see beyond average!
It is hard to believe that we are in the 4th qtr of 2019!
I wanted to share some tried and true interview strategies that have worked well for all levels in my 17 years of executive search for you to land your next big opportunity:
You can download the full guide, “Win the Interview” here: http://www.kenlubin.net/uploads/2/7/6/0/27601293/win_the_interview_-_2016.pdf
I hope that this helps you take the critical first step in getting your dream position!
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org
None of us like to do it, it doesn’t feel good, and many times it hurts!
It is absolutely necessary for optimal physical, mental, and professional performance. Stretching means that you need to get out of your comfort zone to get to the next level. There is temporary pain, but will allow you to go deeper and farther than you ever thought possible if done consistently and deliberately. Have you ever noticed that if you get used to stretching, that after while the pain goes away and it feels good? but if only you stay on top of it! If you stop you go right back to where you started, the same goes for achieving success. You need to be consistently stretching your comfort zone to get to you where you want to go! The pain is temporary, but the glory last forever. - Ken
Managing Director at ZRG Partners, Global Executive Search Firm and Founder of Executive Athletes, the #1 based online community for executives who are athletes!