It’s Meant to Be Fun

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It turns out that some of us were never told: work is meant to be fun. It is meant to have meaning, growth, good people, and rewards.

If we find that our work is not fun, there are several things we can do. We can set a new goal, find more people we enjoy working with, shift the way we get things done, or adjust our perspective by raising our buzz.

Enjoy! (Really!)

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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How Meaningful Is Your Career Right Now? 

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Meaningful careers are those where we are doing:

  1. Something that we are good at,
  2. Something that motivates us,
  3. Something that satisfies our needs, wants, and desires (e.g.ideal work environment, income, lifestyle), and
  4. Something that solves the problems that others have and that we find compelling.

When our work satisfies all four of these criteria–when our work is meaningful–we feel good, we are confident, and we can handle all the ups and downs. If something is missing, we will be (a little or a lot) uninspired, drained, stuck, unsure, and at the mercy of the ups and downs.

What, if anything, needs to shift so that your career can solidly match these criteria?

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Picking a Dream

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Achieving a dream requires that we first commit whole-heartedly to that dream.

But–oh–we hesitate. We’re afraid that if we pick one dream we’ll either mess it up or miss out on other, better ones that we just don’t know about yet. Hesitation leads to lack of commitment which leads to dreams unfulfilled. Bleah!

Here’s the solution: commit anyway. No commitment to a dream is cast in iron. We can add to it and modify it as we go. Should we stumble or see a better path, we can always course-correct.

Pick and go!

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: If any dream we are considering promises to lead us somewhere delightful, then that’s the one to commit to.

 

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Nice Beats Experience

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We can waste a lot of time struggling with people who are smart, hard working, experienced, connected, and/or driven but who are not the good, nice people we want to work with.

Hire first for attitude and values. Then for smarts and relationships. And train the rest.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: Leaders who have made the mistake of hiring the smart-or-experienced-or-driven-etc-but-not-nice know they will never, ever do it again.

PPS: Employees who have made the mistake of working for the smart-or-experienced-etc-but-not-nice bosses also know they will never, ever do it again.

 

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The Oddest Career and Marketing Secret

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The secret is that the people we can help the most and best are the ones who struggle with the same things we struggle with.

Wha..?!

It’s true. We really understand the things we’ve been wrestling with. We learn as we struggle with anything like respect, money, connection, leadership, followership, self-worth, power, intelligence, happiness, love, safety, judgmentalism, balance, influence, communication, beauty, calm, openness, effectiveness, chaos, understanding, acceptance, justice, emotion, health, creativity, groundedness, belonging, etc. Though we may think we are not qualified, who better than us to assist those people or organizations working on the same issue(s) we are working on?

There’s no need to master anything first. Just dive in. Lend your talents to people struggling with whatever you struggle with. The alignment will be very fruitful, meaningful, and rewarding.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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How to Make Your Business or Career Soar

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Most of us do not give our hearts to anything.

– J. Krishnamurti

We all will continue to struggle in our businesses and careers until we give our good hearts to the things we love.

The only things that prevent us from giving out hearts are the “yeah but” thoughts that come up about money, worthiness, talent, and the way things are. And this leaves us with one course: to fit, to imitate, to be accepted.

To the extent we explore and solve the solvable problems underlying those thoughts, we will be free to soar.

In your corner,

Mike

 

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All Is Nominal

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Anypreneur, Career, Do=Natural flow of action, Good: Your Good Work, Strategy, Success, Sweetspot, What=Compelling Focus, Will=Our inner game
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People who fire rockets like to say, “Conditions are nominal,” when everything is good to go.

Guess what? Conditions are nominal. All the courage you need is already within you. All the resources you need are lined up, waiting for you.

All that remains is for you to decide what you really want to achieve and take the first steps.

Liftoff.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Mastery

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Like a great wine, our talents are wonderful to start and keep getting better.

When we are younger, our talents are present, useful, and unpolished. Our success comes from applying that talent, learning from wins and losses, and not stopping. The challenge of youth is to learn what our constellation of talents actually are.

Over time, our talents become refined, sharper, and even more useful. Mastery comes from applying this refined talent, learning from wins and losses, and not stopping. The challenge of mastery is to focus those talents on the things we most care about.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: Mastery sneaks up on us. It’s usually not helpful to push hard to achieve it. Keep learning.

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Your Constellation of Talents

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Sandra from the operations department is superb at strategy. Ken over in accounting is a great salesperson. And Pat in IT is so good at coaching others.

We know we can’t be good at everything that others are good at. We may share different talents with some people. But why compare? We each have a unique constellation of valuable talents to offer.

The more we know our talents, the less we need to compare, worry, play politics, or strive. We can feel good about what we bring to the table and let others’ talents shine brightly, too.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: One great way to learn about your constellation of talents is to ask trusted people who know you.

 

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What Limits Us

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We lead our work and home lives around limits. These limits are tools to help us focus who we are and what we really want to become, do, and have. But when a limit feels bad, we have started believing that the limit defines us. That’s not helpful anymore.

We have limits. We may even choose limits. But we are not our limits.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: And the limits we see in others do not define them. This is what makes our leadership so effective; we show them they are not who they thought they were.

PPS: We can give ourselves this same gift.

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