My friend and speaker at my most recent event, John Brubaker, posted this question recently, it really resonated with me. www.coachbru.com
What do you know now that you wish you knew back when you began your career?
For me, it was "Be willing to do the hard things!" they don't teach you this anywhere. In our society they teach you to do the easy and comfortable, but that is not a good path to career or financial security: It is an easy way to be being expendable.
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Guess what, You don’t have any!!
Many people use the excuse of time, money, or ability to not do something they are passionate about. More often they scared!! As a society we have been guilty of running our lives based on what others think. We are constantly looking for validation from others rather than validation from ourselves. The limitations we have are self-imposed based on what others think and that is not an effective way to be successful. The fact is that most people are afraid to be successful because they may piss off those who are not.
We all have family, friends, colleagues or bosses that that say they want you to be successful, but in reality they don’t. In fact they are scared of your success, it shows how inadequate they really are!!
Your limitations shouldn't be defined by their limitations! Go out, live your own life and Kick Some ASS!!
"The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!" — Earl Nightingale
This quote was written by Earl Nightingale during the mid part of the 20th century; it sounds like it was written yesterday. We have this notion that if we show up, do our job, and don’t cause too many problems; that our company will reward us with the pension and the gold watch. (I don’t know about you, but I don’t know many places that offer pensions anymore or are around long enough to be able to give out a gold watch)
Times have changed!
Job security as we know it is dead. You are as good as your last project, sale, or accomplishment. Gone are the days of company loyalty, the only person/company you need to loyal to is you! In today’s world everyone is expendable and in order to get to the next level in your career you must be willing to step out of the comfort zone “The driving force of a career must come from the individual.” Somehow this has been forgotten. I can’t tell you how many people that I speak with that have no idea how they got into certain situations; laid off, dead end job, bored and unhappy. When they get to this place it is often to late.
You can no longer have an old stale resume; you need to stand out, differentiate yourself from the pack, be an army of one! You can do this through personal branding cheap, easy and free. Below are 5 easy ways to do this.
1. Have a killer Linked In profile- listing your professional and personal accomplishments. Make sure you have a professional picture and don’t be afraid to expose your accomplishments. It is also a great place to post relevant topics about your career or passion and be an expert. (It is important to do daily or weekly updates so that you stay top of mind)
2. Build a Linked In group- This is a great way to get people to join your tribe. Being connected with similar minded individuals is key for personal and professional success. I have 3 major ones that I run. (Executive Athletes, Boston Banking and Financial Services Professionals, Global Equipment Leasing and Specialty Lending Professionals) Feel free to join any of them.
3. Build your own website with your name as the domain name. This is becoming critical as less and less domain names are available. Every single professional should own their domain name (You can get them at godaddy.com cheap.) You can make your website as elaborate or as simple as possible,use the following site building tools with relative ease: Wix, Wordpress, and Weebly. You can take a look at mine built on Weebly at www.kenlubin.net
4. Build a Professional Facebook Group: This will reach a different demographic and it helps your search engine ranking.https://www.facebook.com/KenLubinExecutiveRecruiter
5. Do something cool: Don’t just put what you do professionally on your profile or site. Talk about what you are passionate about; art, sports, business, sailing, anything that gets your blood flowing. There is no better way to connect with others than with those who have similar interests. (Watch Walter Mitty) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc3S0vE2qj8 Check out www.executiveathletes.com
You need a way to be recognized, to be out in the world and if your place of employment or local news outlet isn't going to recognize you, you need to do it yourself!
The key to career success is making yourself unforgettable, doing the hard projects, willingness to be creative, and taking initiative.
Stand out, be different and brand yourself.
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Are people born as leaders, trained throughout their lives from experiences or mentors, or a combination of both? Is it possible for anyone to become a leader?
I really think it is a combination of both. I also think that leaders are not afraid to throw it out
there. One of the things I learned at a young age was - I was always a shy introvert; I still am a bit -
don't be afraid to throw it on the line, to throw it out there, to see what happens.
I think key leaders aren't afraid of being the person who fails, and they aren't afraid of exposing themselves to others. I think it was one of those things when you're sitting down in college or sitting down in high school, and you had to do group assignments and group work. I always thought that was the worst thing ever because I always became the one who ended up doing all the work. I didn't really trust the others to do the right thing, in order to get the right thing done. But for me, one of the things I learned was just the opposite of that - starting to trust individuals. I think that one's a major key for me, to trust individuals on the teams that you're working with to get the job done. But, in that same sense, you can't be afraid to expose yourself in front of the group as well as to give praise to the people that did really well for your team or for your effort.
What are your thoughts?
We have lost the ability to think that hard work pays off.
We live in a world of instant gratification and everyone expects to be able to get what they want without working for it. I don't understand this philosophy. When did working hard for something become old school? In order to be the best athlete, business person, doctor, or overall awesome human being, you must work your ass off!
Many people will say that working smart is a better way, which it is, but you can't just work smart without working hard, to get what you want.
If you think Warren Buffett, Steve Jobs, Einstein, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, and Greg Lemond got to where they are by just working smart, you are mistaken. They are some of the hardest working individuals to ever walk the planet. To be the best and to reach your goals, the number one thing is working your ass off!
Recently I watched one of the the most provocative TED talks that I have ever seen. It was done by Larry Smith- Economist and it hits the nail on the head of why many don't have the careers that they want. It all comes down to fear!
Watch the video here: http://www.ted.com/talks/larry_smith_why_you_will_fail_to_have_a_great_career?language=en
In listening to this it got my mind spinning and I started to question every career decision that I have ever made. Most of us are looking for the comfort of good pay, health benefits and a level of security in our careers.
Is that who we really are? A robot that just goes to the office and does the same thing day in and day out. We are taught at a young age to go from box to box to then being buried in a box. I don't like boxes. They are confining, brown, and overall not very pleasant. When I die, I don't want to be in a box, but that is for another post.
Each and every day, I ask myself what can I do to be better than I was yesterday. Hopefully when all those little changes add up, I will have created my own box or my own great career!
Don't get me wrong, I love my job and my career, I get to meet and speak with the most amazing people each and every day. I get to help people change their lives and I get to make many new friends, but I want to do be able to do it better!
I don't want to fail to have a great career! And you shouldn't either.
Don't settle for the mediocrity of the daily grind. Overcome your fears and make your career better. If you don't like your job, change your attitude. I am not saying that you need to pack up and quit and be left on the street with no money, benefits, and a spouse that wants to kill you, what I am saying is that in one second, one minute, or one hour in your current role, you can change it for the better. Change your attitude and overcome your fear and you will not fail to have a great career!
I am honored to be speaking on panel at Maine Start up and Create Week Next Tuesday June 21st. The panel will be speaking in regards to: Recruiting, Developing, Retaining top talent.
Maine Start Up and Create Week is an annual conference in Portland, ME - this year's theme: Design and Innovation. The week is full of panel discussions, keynote speakers from around the country, hands-on learning workshops, a job fair, affiliate, evening, and social events, and more! For more information, including the schedule and travel discounts, check out: www.mainestartupandcreateweek.com. Day or week ticket discount code is: 20MSCW16. #MSCW2016
Managing Director at ZRG Partners, Global Executive Search Firm and Founder of Executive Athletes, the #1 based online community for executives who are athletes!