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Move to a New Field

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Who says that you cannot move to a new field or industry because you only have experience in your current field? Plenty of people make that kind of move.

Yes, when you move into a new field, there are technical aspects you need to learn. And you bring with you all your talents (e.g. your ability to lead, collaborate, organize, dream, envision, plan,  describe,  etc.), general world experience,  and passion. These aspects are twice as important than technical skills in determining your capability, value to others, and success.

Yes, when you move into a new field, you need to acquire a network of new people. And you bring with you your existing network. You don’t lose those people. You simply expand your network to include people in your new field. This benefits everyone including people in your old network, people in your new network, and you.

Yes, of course you can move to a new field. Learn how who you are and what you do will benefit people in your new field.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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Purpose, meaning, significance, satisfaction

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Purpose, meaning, significance, and satisfaction. These are what we all long for in our jobs. Yet most of us hold ourselves away from purpose, meaning, etc. because we think we can’t afford it, don’t deserve it, or can’t find it.

You can find a job or business that is chock full of meaning, purpose, etc. Start by finding your SweetSpot.

You can also afford it. Your SweetSpot includes an accurate picture of your non-negotiable income needs. Commit to your SweetSpot and build a plan (which may contain more than one significant steps to reach your ultimate goal).

And you deserve it. C’mon! We are talking about the magnificent you, aren’t we?

In your corner,

Mike

PS: Thought so.

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Your Loosely Organized Career

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Sometimes we underplan our career. We float, wander, take the first offered opportunity, then take the next offered opportunity, etc. We end up feeling lost as if our career has sort of just happened to us.

Sometimes we overplan our career. We say we will take Job A to get us to Job B in X years. We get this degree to get that position for Y years then to leave and start up Z Inc. We try to cover every base that will get us from here to retirement at Millionaire Acres. Overplanning leaves us tired and stressed.

There is value, however, in both approaches. The value of planning is the delightful satisfaction of actually achieving something meaningful to you. The value of not planning is the access to opportunities, connections, and coincidences that stud the life stories of every successful person.

We need, then, a hybrid approach. Let’s call it a Loosely Organized Career.

In a Loosely Organized Career, we set high-level, meaningful goals based on our SweetSpot. For example, instead of saying, “I want to be EVP by the time I’m 48 then get a package at 55 to start my winery,” we would say, “I want to be a senior leader in a field I love, I want to make more than enough money, and I want to engage my passion for viticulture and good food along the way.” We then do just-in-time planning. Maintaining our focus on “there,” we take the next best step to get from here to there, repeating as needed until we get there.

As we go, our loose plan has room for serendipity to guide us to the ways, means, and outcomes we never could have planned for. We end up loving the journey and living that satisfying life well lived.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

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It’s Not Your Business Plan

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in Career, Money, Strategy, Success, Will=Our inner game
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Let’s say there is something in your business or career that is not working. And let’s say you have thought of or tried everything without seeing the results you want. It’s as if you’ve hit a wall and cannot find a way around or over it.

Five will get you twenty, it is not your business plan; it is not your career plan.

It is you.

Whenever you are struggling, it is how you see yourself and how you see the world that are at odds with the success you want. These ways of seeing things are so ingrained that you may not even notice them. And when you do notice them, you think they are part of who you are; you resist mightily any attempt to change them. These ways or beliefs were taught to you and were once useful to you. You may still see them as the secret sauce in your success recipe because they had helped you so well in the past. Holding on to them tightly–even after they have stopped working for you–you hit the wall.

What do you really need to do? You need to change who you think you are (which will lead you to change how you think the world is).

Not to worry, though. Odd as it may sound, a part of you already knows what you need to be. The rest of you thinks you are not ready and is in fear. The good news is that because you hit the wall, you are ready.

Exercise: Quietly ask yourself this question: “Who do I need to be in order to have the success I seek?” Be willing to be surprised by your answer. Write down your answer. Then ask, “If I were to become this, how might I do it? If my friend wanted to become this, what would advise?” Write down your answers to these questions. If you answered, “I don’t know,” to any of these questions, then try setting the exercise aside and coming back to it in a day or two. Or reach out to me or another friend.

 

In your corner,

Mike

 

PS: It is also not your marketing, sales, strategy, or operations. It is not your networking, resume, or interviewing skills. It’s not the economy, competition, …

PPS: Some common examples of these “wall hitting” beliefs include

  • “I am not a salesperson.”
  • “Life is harsh, chaotic.”
  • “Business is war.”
  • “I am not good at X.”
  • “I am not allowed to have what I want.”
  • “No one wants what I have to offer.”
  • “Money is scarce.”
  • “Money is bad.”
  • “Poverty is good. I want to be good.”
  • “I do not deserve.”
  • “Hard work is the only way.”
  • “With enough data or assurance from others, I can be secure then act.”
  • “I am lazy.”
  • “Life is a competition. Get before others get.”
  • “No one can tell me what to do.”
  • “I am not a leader.”
  • “You’ve gotta push to get what you want from others, from life.”
  • “I am threatened, alone, weak, ignorant, ugly, graceless, an impostor…”
  • “I cannot stand out. I am not special.”

PPPS: The very good news is that none of those things are true, really.

No Mystery

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Good business strategies and good career strategies are neither difficult nor mysterious. They share the same features.

Your career or business strategy will be strong and meaningful if they

  • employ a unique constellation of talents, yours or your business’s
  • engage your or your business’s values and passions
  • satisfy your needs, wants, or desires or those of your business, and
  • bring more happiness, freedom, and abundance to others by meeting their need, wants, and desires.

Simple, eh?

To your continued success,

Mike

How Do You Value Your Career?

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in Career, Good: Your Good Work, What=Compelling Focus, Will=Our inner game
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A client recently said, “I am what I do.” Hmm.

Your career is meant to be fulfilling. It should be a source of energy, pride, and joy. It should be one avenue for having what you need, want and desire in your life.

But it is not all of who you are.

To what extent do you measure your own worth–exclusively or nearly so–by the work you do?

What would it look like if you, like my client, flipped your thinking to, “I do what I am”?

To your continued success,

Mike