Our Power and Purpose

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​[W]e are torn this way and that. Social and business pressures push us, and we go along, but the spark within is hard to extinguish, and even as we hurry to conform we may pause to wonder if this is all there is to life, and we glance uneasily over our shoulders (once a week or more), wondering vaguely if we haven’t forgotten something, a cheerful word perhaps, a quiet moment, a little love – could it possibly be ourselves we have forgotten?

– Robert S. Hartman, Freedom to Live

We can not only remember ourselves, we can bring that spark to our social and business worlds for their benefit and ours.

So good, yes?

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: How? Find your SweetSpot and build upon it.

PPS: Shall we? Yes, let’s!

 

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Chasing Career Specters

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In every industry or profession there is a mythical,  ideal character we feel compelled to emulate. If we want to get a good job, get ahead, and be seen as on top or at least  acceptable, we twist ourselves to think and act as they do.

But this ideal doesn’t exist. She/he/it is a loosely defined set of impossible, contradictory traits. We are so busy trying to be seen as possessing these traits that we never notice that we are chasing a specter.

Our careers become meaningful when we stop trying to fit this mythical mold. The truth is we are each uniquely talented and valuable. And there are plenty of people and organizations who need and value who we are, what we do, and how we help them.

Be you.

 

In your corner,

Mike

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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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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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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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Exhilarating

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We all have the means, right, and deep desire to live an exhilarating career and life. We’ve just got used to thinking that the opposite is truer. We’ve come to think the opposite is safer.

Nope.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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How You Fit

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I don’t know what is the ideal life- and work path for you. But I do know it will use and refine your talents. It will engage you in things you care about. It will leave behind struggle, frustration, fighting, compromise, and sacrifice. And, by providing something of value to some other people, it will be bigger than you. It’s also 100% possible for you, despite any doubts.

If you are not already doing this ideal, it is highly likely that your are doing some of it and can identify the rest.

Though thinking about the obstacles to the ideal may seem the prudent next step, it’s thinking about how wonderful this life is/will be that will lead you quickly in the direction you want to go.

 

In your corner,

Mike

PS: It is always a fine day when we remember how we fit into the puzzle of the universe.

 

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