What career would you choose if you knew you couldn’t fail?
Do you really know your life’s purpose?
“Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.”
– Max Ehrmann, Desiderata
This site is about how to CHOOSE and BUILD a meaningful and fulfilling career – the career you were meant to have. Here you’ll discover how and why people really choose their life’s work and how they achieve true joy for themselves and others.
If you’re like most people, you have what I call a JOB (Just-Over-Broke). Here you’re just trading time for money – just to make it through the month, and doing the same thing next month.
What are the consequences of not having a career?
Without a career you’ll most certainly experience:
- Failure to develop all your talents
- Reduced total income over your lifetime
- Reduced retirement assets
- Reduced ability to contribute to others
- Failure to achieve your true potential
- Reduced opportunities for family members
- Greater chance of being a “burden” on your family
- Constant worry about not having enough; running out of money before you die
How much longer will you continue your insane behavior; doing the same thing over and over again, while expecting a different result? There has to be a better way! Well there is and it’s time for a change – this is I wrote this book. I can help you find the career you were meant to have!
One of my clients said it best when he wrote,
“Thanks to Ed, I learned the secrets of running a successful job search and in only two weeks I found my career position. I actually had two offers from which to choose and was able to leverage that situation into a 10% raise plus a bonus, all before I ever worked a day. Thanks doesn’t seem enough.”
– William S., San Diego, CA
I bring over 21 years of experience as an Executive Coach, helping hundreds of people, from recent college graduates to CEO’s, find meaningful employment. I worked for four of the largest consulting, outplacement and e-cruiting companies in America in Seattle, San Diego, and Kansas City. It was here that I learned how help my clients find their TRUE Careers – the career they were meant to have.
This site also explains how to BUILD the career you already have. It was written for those who already have a career field they enjoy, but are struggling trying to build a more meaningful and fulfilling career.
Most people wander through life, going from one job to another, just trading time for money. Worse yet, most people either hate their job, see no future potential for themselves, or are complacent about their career. It does not have to be that way. If this is you, then this site can help you!
Unfortunately, most of us learn this by trial and error, or by just letting fate answer the question. And, some of us never find the answer.
I know it’s possible to experience joy in your work, because I have found it. I learned the SECRETS to finding and building your TRUE career; the career you were meant to have, the one that matters, makes a difference for others, and makes you feel needed, fulfilled, and alive.
This is why I created this site: to help more people than I had been, coaching one person at a time, to BUILD the career they were meant to have.
What’s your Passion for the Work?
“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it.
The only real security that a man can have in this world is
a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.”
– Henry Ford
Let’s examine why people choose their life’s work and how they achieve true joy for themselves and others. The following 44 Truths will help you find your Passion for the Work; the career you were meant to have.
Truth 1: If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you chose to do?
This is the most important question you could ever ask about your career. This is why I listed it as Truth 1. You may not know the answer right now. Your task is to constantly seek the answer throughout your lifetime until you find your True Career. What are you passionate about? Keep searching; it will come. The problem is that people only ask this question once, think they have the answer, and never ask the question throughout their career. This is a mistake. Keep asking this question until you’re happy with the answer.
Truth 2: Everything in life that’s hard is not always worth it, but everything that’s worth it is always hard.
Most people intuitively know that if you want things to change, you must change first. However, they don’t make any effort to change. They’re waiting for the right time; when their mother-in-law moves out, when the economy turns around, or when the conditions are just right. The truth is that the best time to change is now. And, it will take hard work and time to make things happen. You know that improving yourself will be a struggle: a stretch, work hard, spending money, spending time learning new things, and looking stupid in the process. Accept it and get on with it. Enroll in something new every year that you can add to your resume. The hardest part of learning anything new is when you first begin.
Truth 3: You can have any career you choose if you have 5 things; a SMART goal, a good Plan of Action, a compelling reason, sincere belief, and a positive attitude.
If you’re missing any of the 5 components above, your chances of success have greatly diminished. This, along with taking massive action, adjusting as you go, and never giving up, is the Truth to success. You just must want it bad enough!
Truth 4: Your physical size, age, and gender will include or exclude you from certain careers.
Life’s not fair! Truth 3 isn’t completely true. There are exceptions. For example, if you want to play football in the National Football League, and you’re a 47-year-old, 147 pounds, female – you can forget about it. It’s not going to happen during your lifetime. Yes, size, age and gender will include or exclude you from certain careers like being a Jockey or a Sumo Wrestler. Reexamine why you want a career. Based on your physical size, age, and gender, which careers would give you an advantage over others?
Truth 5: Sometimes getting close is good enough.
Using the previous example of the women who had a compelling reason to play in the NFL, what else could she do? Could she become a referee, sportswriter, manager, trainer, agent, score keeper, public relations, marketing, grounds keeper, team doctor, or coach? Sometimes getting close is good enough.
Truth 6: The obstacles you’ll encounter are not there to stop you.
The obstacles you’ll encounter along the way are not there to stop you. They’re there to stop everyone who’s not committed to the work. Are you committed yet? If you are, obstacles won’t matter anymore. How bad do you want it? Smash through those obstacles or just find a different way to get there.
Truth 7: If you stay true to what you love, Divine Providence will move on your behalf.
“Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth – that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What are you passionate about? What are you doing when you lose all track of time? What are you doing to find it – even if it takes a lifetime?
Here’s my experience with Divine Providence:
I was an average kid by any yardstick; average size, average athletic ability, and average intelligence. The only thing I had going for me was a strong desire. I wanted to serve my country, to protect America, to be a Soldier. My Dad told me that if I wanted to be a Soldier, I needed to go to West Point, the United States Military Academy. So, that was my goal as a 7-year old child.
High school was a real struggle for me. I knew from reading the West Point Admissions Catalog that they only admitted 1000 new students each year from all US States and all allied countries.
Each US Senator could select two candidates each year, and each member of the House of Representatives could select one. From my high school, students that were selected to attend West Point were all members of the National Honor Society, class officers, and outstanding athletes-best in their sport. I knew I had several mountains to climb.
My guidance counselor told me that there was no way I was going to West Point. I didn’t have the grades, wasn’t in the National Honor Society, wasn’t the captain of the football team, or the class president. She didn’t even think I was college material. She thought I should learn a trade and go to work in a local factory. Actually, she had just thrown gasoline on the flame I lit years before.
She caused my compelling reason to become a burning desire. I was one of those kids who if you told me I couldn’t do something, I got angry and wanted it even more. I knew I had to work harder just to be average. I prayed for help because I knew I could not do this without God’s help.
Each of my four years in high school, I volunteered to go to summer school, not because I wanted too, but because this was how I raised my grades. For any class where I received a grade lower than 80%, I retook in summer school. While all my friends were on summer vacation, I was in summer school, every summer, trying to raise my grades. Every season, I was on a sports team, but my athletic career was substandard at best. But, I kept trying because I knew West Point wanted well rounded athletes.
At graduation, I was ranked 154th in my class of 342 students. In my senior year, I applied to my congressman for West Point, but two of my classmates were selected instead. Yes, they were both National Honor Society members and outstanding athletes. But, I wasn’t discouraged. I just needed to find another way to get there.
I decided I needed to take some bold action. I felt that if I was going to become an Army Officer, it might be a good idea to see if I liked being a Soldier. So, in March 1964, I joined the Army National Guard. Four days after graduating high school, I was in Basic Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. After 6-months, I found that I not only liked being a Soldier, but I actually was good at it. Every year, the National Guard has 20 slots available to attend West Point.
So, my goal was to earn one of those slots. In January 1965, I received orders from the National Guard to participate in Phase II Testing for admission to West Point, which was conducted at Carlisle Barracks, PA.
When I arrived at the Testing Center, I recognized 6 young men that were a year behind me from my high school. They were the Principal and 5 Alternate candidates from my congressional district. They were all National Honor Society and stand out athletes. This is when Divine Providence moved on my behalf. All 6 young men failed one or more of the 3 admissions tests. None were eligible to attend West Point. Already being a soldier, I easily passed all 3 tests. I was the only one from my congressional district that passed. What are the odds of this happening? I returned home and shared the news with my Dad.
He told me to get in the car and we drove to the office of our congressman. After my Dad explained that I was the only qualified person in his congressional district, the congressman made me his only selectee for admission to West Point.
I share this story to prove that if you have Divine Providence on your side, you can’t fail. God does answer prayers. Never give up – just find another way to get there. You can do this! The only obstacle in your way is you! So, stop getting in your way!
Truth 8: Your True Career will have little to do with the actual work itself.
Hard to believe, but your True Career will have little to do with the work.
Your True Career has everything to do with:
- Who you’re serving (your customers, clients, patients)
- Who you’re serving with (your Leader and co-workers)
- Why you’re serving (purpose, mission, goal, commitment, calling, vocation, drive, motivation, desire)
So, who do you want to serve? The work itself shouldn’t be your focus because over time the physical work will change as you progress through your True Career. You’ll move from being a doer, to a supervisor, manager, and director of doers. But, who you’re serving, who you’re serving with, and why you’re serving – remains largely the same.
To find your True Career, ask:
- Who do I want to serve?
- With whom do I wish to serve?
- Why do I want to serve?
People aren’t in love with the work itself because the work is constantly changing. NFL Football players don’t love playing in the freezing rain and snow, getting beat-up, bloodied, injured, or losing the game. They don’t love blocking and tackling, lifting weights, being under curfew, traveling all over the United States, living in a glass house – under the constant scrutiny of their coaches, teammates, and the media. So why do they play? Where’s the love?
“The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”
– ABC Wide World of Sports.
They feel the enjoyment of:
- Winning, victory (recognition)
- Beating someone else (especially someone better)
- Being the best at what they do (recognition)
- Making others happy (fans, teammates, coaches)
- Having someone looking up to them (recognition)
- Doing what they choose to do (freedom, independence)
All their hard work is tolerated, but certainly not loved.
Truth 9: No work experience is ever a waste.
“Bloom where you’re planted.”
All work experience has a greater purpose. It helps strengthen your character and enhance your awareness. Nothing you’ll ever do is a waste. Even if you hate the work, at least you know what you don’t want to do for the rest of your life. All experience is meaningful. It helps you better appreciate and understand the people who perform this kind of work, because you’ve done it before. It also enhances your character, skills, and awareness.
Whatever you do, ask:
- Am I the Best at what I do?
- Do I look for ways to improve at my job?
- Am I improving myself (through education and training)?
If you can answer Yes to these three questions, you have a positive attitude, strong character, and are exactly the kind of worker employers are seeking. Or, are you the person who hates their job and does the minimums, just to keep from being fired. If so, you have two choices, toughen up and get with the program, or do yourself a favor – find work somewhere else.
“What E’er Thou Art, Act Well Thy Part.”
– David O. McKay
To find your True Career, work hard where ever you are and do everything you can to improve yourself. Dedicate yourself to finding your True Career. And, in the meantime, do your very best – no matter what! The employer doesn’t care if you like the work – they just want excellent results. Can you be counted on to consistently produce excellent results? If not, why would any employer want you on his team?
Every so often I hear people complain about how much they hate their job. They admit doing the minimums just to keep from being fired. What they don’t realize is that starting out in any career will require you to do things that are hard, boring, and maybe even dangerous. If this is you, realize that this is normal, necessary, and all part of paying your dues for the privilege to be considered for promotion.
Finding your True Career involves:
- Doing your best work
- Treating everyone with dignity, respect, and kindness
- Making things better than you found them
- Improving yourself
- Continuously producing excellent results
Truth 10: Sometimes your True Career chooses you, but only if you’re paying attention.
For some people, their career chooses them! It’s true. They choose a career based upon what they’re good at doing. For others, they struggle to find their True Career. Some people choose the career of their parents because they looked up to their parents and trusted their wisdom. Others choose careers because something traumatic happened in their life that caused them to feel a sense of indebtedness or a sense of connection. It’s often hard to explain.
Ask people who love what they do, how they found their career. Sometimes it seems somewhat random and misguided. Be open to that still small voice that whispers to you what your True purpose is in life. Have faith. You’ll find your way.
Truth 11: Education and Training are your best Career Insurance Policy.
The area of concentration you select for your Bachelor’s Degree matters little. Whether you chose engineering, psychology, or history – it matters little because 65% of working adults past age 40 aren’t working in that field anyway. Just get the degree!
Many young people struggle trying to figure out what degree to get in college because they feel they’ll be locked into that career field for their entire life. This is untrue! I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and I’ve never worked a day as an Engineer or built anything. It’s important to get your college education, period!
Education and training produce…
Individuals who are more confident and patient, have a greater clarity of purpose, are more optimistic, have greater expectations of success at tackling challenges, have a stronger sense of perseverance to overcome obstacles, are better at problem solving, decision making, creative thinking, quality control, critical reasoning, receiving corrective criticism, meeting deadlines, producing results, researching, collaborating, coordinating, cooperating, written and verbal communications, software and technology, getting along with others and getting things done on-time.
Getting your Master’s Degree is a different story. Get your Master’s Degree as soon as you can and in an area you really like. And, if you can’t decide, just get an MBA, and be done with it. It’s that simple! Just get your Masters!
Truth 12: There are only two ways of serving others; either by reducing or eliminating their Pain, or by increasing their Pleasure.
It’s true. Think about it. Every career field on the planet does one or the other, either reduce or eliminate pain or increase pleasure. This is why people pay you. These are only the 2-things that motivate human behavior; pleasure and pain.
What Pleasure do humans seek?
Sex, love, recognition, power, reward, food, comfort, freedom, convenience, free time, money, leisure, health, and anything else that keeps them in their Comfort Zone.
What Pain do humans avoid?
Anything that could cause physical or mental discomfort, embarrassment, fear, loss, or anything that could take them out of their Comfort Zone.
In my first career, I chose to protect others (security); this is why I joined the US Army. And, you get to choose. You can change your career anytime you wish. So, what brings you pleasure or relieves your pain?
Truth 13: Dedicate your life to Fixing What’s Broken!
What makes you unhappy? What’s broken that needs to be fixed? What social injustice makes you mad? What products or services make you mad? If you want your life to make a difference, how can you contribute and make things better? What problem do you want to resolve? Who or what matters to you?
And, I won’t accept “nothing” as an answer. This just tells
me you’re lazy and haven’t focused enough time
and energy on a real answer.
Have you ever considered helping people by befriending the poor and the weak, alleviating pain and suffering, righting wrongs, defending truth, strengthening the rising generation, or achieving security and happiness in your small sphere of influence? What’s holding you back?
Truth 14: Asking for help is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness.
Not knowing you need help is a sign of ignorance.
Needing help and not asking for it is a sign of stupidity.
For some of us, the concept of self-reliance and interdependence are confusing. Self-reliance to some people means doing everything yourself and never asking for help. And, often, our pride keeps us from asking for help; like when we’re laid off and looking for work.
Self-reliance is a dependence on one’s own capabilities, judgment, or resources. Interdependence is mutual dependence.
Here’s another perspective, and hopefully a better clarification, on the subject.
In life, there are three types of dependencies; dependence, independence, and interdependence.
From the moment of our birth, we are all totally dependent on others for our existence. Somewhere in our teens, we think and act like we’re totally independent. Then, sometime later in life we finally realize that we can’t do it all and we transition into interdependence. Interdependence is the most mature form of dependency.
Truth 15: To be successful, do all that you can do.
To be successful, do all you can do, then asks others for help on things you can’t do, things you can’t do well, or things you don’t have time to do.
To be truly Interdependent requires a higher level of awareness; knowing your strengths and weaknesses, and when, who and how to ask for help. We all eventually recognize our interdependence and realize that goals are best accomplished with mutual support. Time isn’t wasted over turf issues or attempting personal gain at the expense of others. So, why is it that every time you lose your job, you try to find a new one by yourself, without asking for help from family and/or friends? Does that make any sense? Are you letting your pride get in your way?
Truth 16: Some will, Some won’t, So what, Next?
The fear of rejection (or the fear of asking) is the fear of someone saying No is a powerful emotional roadblock to action until you realize that they’re not rejecting you as a person, just your request. You may be asking the wrong person, asking the wrong question, or asking at the wrong time. This fear keeps you from asking for help from others. When in doubt, ask! Value yourself enough to get the answers you need to move forward.
The seven most powerful words in any language:
Some Will, Some Won’t, So What, Next!
Remember, you can’t control how others respond to you. However, you can control what you say and how you say it. Not everyone’s going to say Yes. Every No answer isn’t a personal rejection. An answer of No is only a response to your presentation. It’s also an indication of where the other person is coming from at the time you asked. Maybe they need to be educated to a Yes.
Also, since asking is a numbers game, every No response moves you closer to a Yes, especially if you find out their reasons for saying No. Don’t process an objection as a rejection. Objections are usually a request for more information. You have yet to give them a compelling enough reason to say, Yes. This is precisely why the best sales people at the top of their profession finally close the sale (get a Yes) only after their fifth No. Asking is a numbers game – just ask anyone in sales.
Never give up! Just find another way of get there.
Assess why people repeatedly say No and modify your future presentations accordingly. Reeducate them as to the real value of your request. Remember, you have no control over other people, places, things, and situations. However, you can control your thoughts, words, and deeds.
Truth 17: If you keep doing what everyone does, you’ll keep getting what everyone gets, and that’s not a pretty sight.
Murphy’s Law on Life:
“The things that come to those who wait may be the
things left by those who got there first.”
This is what keeps you in your comfort zone; the fear that you won’t be accepted by your peers. This fear keeps you in mediocrity; keeps you from striving for more in life. Some call this complacency, which will kill your career.
Truth 18: If you keep doing what you’ve been doing and it doesn’t work, you’re insane!
Have you ever been guilty of insane behavior? We all have on many occasions. Insane behavior is doing the same thing, over and over again, while expecting a different result.
The Truth Test asks:
“How’s that work-in out for ya?”
“If what you’ve been doing is not producing the results you’re seeking,
then why are you still doing the same old thing?
“Why not try something new?”
“What do you think you need to do?”
These questions will help you come to your own conclusions. This is desirable because you’re the one who must execute the solution. If you came up with the solution on your own, you’ll be much more likely to take ownership of the solution. If you have no clue what to do, ask for help. But you must decide what needs to be done. Then, commit to a Plan of Action, over a specific period, and reassess your results. Then, adjust from there.
Truth 19: Opportunities are neutral. They don’t become yours just because you think you deserve it or you’ve paid your dues.
“Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when
you beat down the door.” – Kyle Chandler
Regardless of what you’ve heard, opportunities don’t come looking for you. Find them; go where opportunities hang-out. Then, if your prepared, ready to make it happen, and knock the door down (knock their socks off), maybe you’ll get a shot. But, be there – ready to perform. So, prepare yourself, starting today, to knock that door down.
I have faith in you. You can do this!
Truth 20: Your True Career will be the one that brings joy to others by doing what you do well.
Believe it or not, your enjoyment will come by providing enjoyment to others by doing what you do well. Which human problem do you want to help others solve? Every human problem has an entire career field dedicated to the solution.
You’ve been blessed with special talents to serve
others in some meaningful way.
What are your talents? What do you do better than most people? What comes easy to you? What do you really like to do and why? How can your talents help others in some meaningful way?
Truth 21: To find your True Career, find your Compelling Reason.
We’re all here on this earth for a reason. That reason will be different for everyone. But, we’re convinced that it has something to do with adding-value to the lives of others in some meaningful way. How do you choose to add-value to others?
Do you feel a sense of purpose, obligation, duty, mission, vocation, or calling because a:
- Fireman saved you or a loved one from a burning building?
- Priest ministered to your family in a time of need?
- Soldier (your brother) gave his life serving his country?
- Teacher or coach inspired you to become more
- Parent or sibling that inspired you to follow them
Do you feel a strong desire to give back for all you’ve been given.
Serving or performing your duty to your fellow human beings is actually one of the strongest forms of love. Have you ever heard of, Duty to Family, Duty to Country, or Duty to God? We all have. Doing your Duty or Serving demand your dedication, sacrifice, and long-term commitment.
Truth 22: The biggest obstacle to your career (and your life) is you.
You just don’t want it bad enough yet. If you had a strong compelling reason, these obstacles would be speed-bumps and not brick walls. Most people give up because it’s too difficult, inconvenient, hard, expensive, painful, too much of a sacrifice, too long, blah-blah-blah! All excuses! Their compelling reason was weak, non-existent, or they let their fire go out.
Truth 23: Where much is given, much is expected.
If you were born in America, thanks to the 14th Amendment, you are guaranteed the gift of citizenship. America and Canada are the only nations in the world to grant this special privilege. If you get to live in America, you must give back. You have been blessed to inherit the many freedoms that most people take for granted.
If you don’t believe me, go live for a year in a foreign country (excluding Canada). When you come home, you’ll be glad you’re back in the land of the free and the home of the brave. How will you give back? How will you contribute? How will you serve others? Be grateful that in America, at least you have the freedom to choose and to change your decision anytime you choose.
Truth 24: Self-doubt is a crippling disease.
The opportunities you let pass always go to someone who had less talent and ability than you. And, the person who seized the opportunity didn’t let his pride, fear and a lack of preparation get in his way – like you. Never exclude yourself from doing something you were meant to do. You have all the gifts you need. You can do this!
Stop sitting on the bench and watching life pass you by.
Get in the game! Be a player! Take a risk!
Do you have an affirmation and a visualization of your goal? Do you have a SMART goal (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time limit), a compelling reason, a positive attitude, and a good Plan of Action? What’s getting in your way? In most cases, the obstacle is you. Get yourself out of the way. Let go of your fear, pride, complacency, and apathy, and get into action. Stop accepting excuses for not acting.
Truth 25: To find your True Career, do more than expected.
Do More Than Expected
Do more than exist – Live!
Do more that touch – Feel!
Do more than look – Observe!
Do more than read – Absorb!
Do more than hear – Listen!
Do more than listen – Understand!
Do more than think – Ponder!
Do more than talk – Say something!
Do more than belong – Participate!
Do more than care – Help!
Do more than believe – Practice!
Do more than be fair – Be kind!
Do more than forgive – Forget!
Do more than dream – Work!
– William Arthur Ward
Do more than Observe – Pay Attention!
Do more than Lead – Serve!
Do more than Be There – Get Involved!
Do more than Get Involved – CARE!
Truth 26: You were Born for Greatness! You just don’t believe it yet.
This Truth is the hardest for most people to understand and believe. You’ve been socially and culturally convinced since birth that are lacking in some way. This has caused you to let opportunities pass you by because you either didn’t notice, or you thought you weren’t ready (or not worthy). This is a sign of fear and a lack of preparation.
Always remember who you are. You are a Child of God.
To help convince you that this is true, here’s my favorite inspirational quote from Marianne Williamson’s book, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles;
Our Deepest Fear
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others.”
This is how I know you were Born for Greatness!
Truth 27: What you can achieve with the help of others is truly unlimited.
All of us have individual limitations. Some people are stronger, faster, smarter, better organizers, better speakers, or more talented than you. That’s just the reality of life. A great example of this is the organization called, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD). One mother decided that she would no longer tolerate children being killed on our highways by drunk drivers. She united with a few other mothers and the rest is history.
They combined forces to change America’s attitude (and laws) about drinking and driving. The size of your cause is not as important as your ability to passionately explain your reason for needing the help of others. You can achieve anything in life if you can inspire enough others to support your cause as their cause. Help enough people get what they want and they’ll support you. In reality, they’ll be doing it for their own personal reasons. What do you care deeply about? What bothers you? What are you doing about it? You’re not alone.
Truth 28: Dreams really do come true, as long as you don’t give up on yourself.
“If you can dream it you can do it.”
– Walt Disney
Walt had it right! And, if you’ve ever been to Disney World, you know it worked for Walt. And, it worked for me. I dreamed about being a Cadet at West Point. I dreamed about being a US Army Officer and fighting against America’s enemies. I believed it was possible for me. And, I know your dreams can happen for you as well. What’re your dreams? What would you love to do, if time and money weren’t an obstacle?
Truth 29: You are never completely prepared for anything. Go with what ya got!
“Life has no rehearsals, only performances.”
You weren’t completely prepared to be born, to die, to get married, to have children, for that job interview, but you did the best you could with what you had. Don’t let your fear or pride get in your way. Stand up and take the action needed to move you forward.
If you hesitate, because you don’t think you’re completely ready, the opportunity will go to someone else. Later, you’ll find that the person who stood up and seized the opportunity had less talent and ability than you. What made him different was the fact that he didn’t let his fear and pride get in his way. Go with what ya got and do your best!
Truth 30: Sometimes your talents and passions aren’t things all employers can use.
A young farm boy from Malaysia named Boey was forced into arts education because he did poorly in math. Fortunately, he came to America to study animation. While sitting in a coffee shop he started to draw incredible works of art on paper cups with a Sharpie Pen. His friends said, “No one will buy that crap.” But, he persisted.
“The difference between a dream and reality – is just doing it.”
Today, many of his works of art sell for thousands of dollars. If you want to be inspired, watch this video on YouTube showing Boey using the talents he was blessed with that he didn’t know he had. Boey happily became an entrepreneur because his talents and passions were not something an employer could use.
Being an entrepreneur includes starting your own business, buying a franchise, buying an existing business, becoming a consultant, doing only contract work, being a temporary worker (permanently), or a multi-level marketing distributor.
Truth 31: Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.
“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the
will to prepare to win that matters.”- Paul “Bear” Bryant
And, all along you thought luck had something to do with your career success. We don’t believe in luck. We know that what others call luck is when preparation meets opportunity. You make your luck every day by working hard and preparing yourself for the future. What education or training are you currently taking that you can add to your resume? Will you be prepared when your opportunities appear?
Truth 32: Good things happen when you go for it.
“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions
and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities;
strong men make them.” – Orison Swett Marden
Once you commit to do something, and give it all you have, you’ll attract the people and resources required to make it happen. It’s your passion that attracts others to help you. People love to help others who are up to something; those who have a passion and a purpose.
Your passion releases:
- Excitement: The physical sensation that passion arouses
- Enthusiasm: Focusing your excitement on a specific purpose
- Energy: The power generated by your passion
- Effort: Outward manifestation of passion in the form of action
What’s your passion? What’s your purpose?
Truth 33: During your working lifetime (age 18-65), you’ll change careers several times.
This may come as a shock, but it’s true. The only way to survive is to continuously strengthen your transferrable skills. Because of emerging technology, products, career fields, companies and entire industries disappear almost overnight. The only thing you can count on is more change – at a faster pace.
The most sought after Transferrable Skills:
Led, Managed, Directed, Supervised, Coordinated, Facilitated, Administered, Created, Produced, Implemented, Communicated, Introduced, Presented, Planned, Trained, Designed, Engineered, Prepared, Reviewed, Streamlined, Estimated, Solved, Decided, Coached, Executed, Assessed, and Researched.
Which of these transferrable skills do you own?
Truth 34: Everyone is extraordinary at something.
There are no ordinary people because everyone is extraordinary at something – even you. It’s your job to find out what that something is. It’s the same with intelligence. No matter how smart you are, you are always ignorant at something. You are here on the earth today for a reason. You are here to add-value to the lives of others in some meaningful way. Be the Mother Teresa in your little sphere of influence.
Do small things with great love.
Truth 35: Life will manifest to you whatever you expect.
Life will manifest to you that which you expect. If you expect nothing, guess what you’ll get? What do you expect from and for yourself? Is this all there is for you?
“Our destiny changes with our thought; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thought corresponds with our desire.”
– Orison Swett Marden
The powers of expectation and desire can help your career. Are you using affirmations and visualizations? What do you expect is possible for you during your lifetime?
Truth 36: It doesn’t matter where you start, only where you end up.
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone
can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
It’s never too late to start. Age doesn’t matter. Ronald Reagan was elected US President at age 69. Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa at 76. And, Mother Teresa of Calcutta started the Missionaries of Charity at 40.
Truth 37: It’s okay to be unreasonable with yourself!
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
– George Bernard Shaw
Raise your bar! Reach higher! Stop majoring in minor things!
Read stories of any great person and you’ll find countless example of “pushing-the-envelope”, not accepting NO for an answer, ignoring the naysayers, exceeding the limits, going against all odds, accomplishing the impossible; they were unreasonable. Because they were unreasonable, we all benefit from their results. And you can do the same. You don’t have to accept second best.
There is no such thing as an unreasonable goal,
just unreasonable time limits you place upon yourself.
You will run into obstacles along the way. Count on it. Some obstacles are known. Others are hidden and won’t reveal themselves until the day before you finally achieve your goal. More importantly, the most dangerous obstacles will come from within you. You will lose your courage. You will lose your burning desire. You’ll lose your focus and your attitude will change and not for the better. Something will happen to throw you off course.
You’ll experience things like accidents or illness, getting married, having children, a death in the family, a job loss, a loss of cash flow, or just someone doing something unbelievable to you that will rock your world.
Never give up your goal, just take a step back, assess what happened, and give yourself more time to move from where you are to where you want to be. Create a new Plan of Action.
Truth 38: It doesn’t matter how many unsuccessful attempts you make.
Read about the life of Thomas Edison and see if you don’t agree. Note the number of times he attempted to create the first commercially practical incandescent light. Edison made 10,000 unsuccessful attempts before achieving success. Most people would have quit before 10 attempts. If you continue taking action, assess the results, continuously adjust, and never give up, you’ll eventually achieve your goal. It’s no longer a question of IF you’ll make it, but when.
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent.”
– Charles Swindoll
Come on! You can do this!
Truth 39: True failure only happens if you give up or never get started.
Failure is real and sometimes over exaggerated by family members and close friends who are supposedly looking out for your best interest. If you get started, give it all you have, and never give up (just find another way to get there) – you will be successful. Of this, I am certain!
Truth 40: There is no growth without struggle.
“What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
Many people think that character can only be developed through adversity. If you grow up without adversity in your live, does that mean you don’t have character? Of course not!
That’s ridiculous! Adversity means misfortune, hardship, mayhem, tragedy, disaster, crisis, and suffering. Adversity does not include hard work, doing things you don’t like to do, long hours, responsibilities, challenges, or obstacles.
However, struggle, which is part of life for all of us, includes them all. This is why I’ve chosen the word struggle instead of adversity; it’s more descriptive and inclusive. Since there’s opposition in all things, struggle is what you must go through as a result of opposition. Struggle is making a strenuous effort in the face of difficulties or opposition.
Your character is developed as a result of your struggles.
Adversity is only a small portion of your overall human experience and not everyone experiences adversity. But, everyone experiences struggle in life. During your lifetime, you’ll encounter many adverse emotional situations. Because of the frailty of human nature, you can’t avoid struggle. And, emotions, both yours and theirs, will play a huge role in consistently producing excellent results.
The struggle makes you stronger.
It helps shape your character.
Let it drive you to greatness!
But, sometimes you get to pick your battles, or at least you’ll have some say in the conditions under which the battle will be fought.
Sometimes struggle doesn’t build character – it reveals it.
Getting fired (the struggle) from Apple, made Steve Jobs better. Microsoft made Apple better (via the competitive struggle to be the best) and vice versa.
Greatness is not always in what you achieve –
sometimes it’s in what you overcome.
Truth 41: Taking massive action is the only thing that counts.
“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”
– Conrad Hilton
Wishes, desires, intentions, plans, ideas, attitudes, or goals, don’t matter, unless they are followed with massive action! Even if you make a mistake; adjust and keep going. We all want to be as far along in our True Career as our talents and abilities will take us.
Action is worry’s worst enemy!
To make this happen, you’ll need to:
- Pick a career (Any career will do, initially. Do something! Get started!)
- Work hard to be the best (commitment)
- Consistently provide excellent service to others
- Consistently serve those you work with (Leader and team members)
- Constantly improve yourself by achieving new career goals
- Assess and make adjustments along the way
- Never, never, never give up!
Truth 42: Your attitude is the most precious gift you have.
“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change
his future by merely changing his attitude.”
– Oprah Winfrey
Your mental attitude is the most important asset you have. Here we’re referring to whether you’ve developed and maintained an optimistic attitude concerning your view of the future. It’s your way of framing what’s possible for your life. And, you control it. Jealously guard your positive attitude towards what you’re doing. Many others, with far less talents than you, have gone on to achieve great things with their life. How? They never gave anyone the power to rain on their parade.
Don’t let anyone steal your sunshine. Your future hinges on maintaining a positive mental attitude towards what’s possible for you to achieve. It’s not your circumstances, but what you do about your circumstances that determine your future. Happiness and success in life depend on how you see the proverbial glass half full. Is your glass half full or half empty? It depends on your attitude at the time (a thought). This is a conscious choice you make each day of your life. How do you choose to view your life?
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than fact. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say I can do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break an organization… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for the day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”
– Charles Swindoll
A positive attitude by itself won’t automatically create success. But, the absence of one will surely inhibit your potential success.
Truth 43: Still confused, Serve Your Country!
If you’re still clueless about what you want to do, apply to become a member of the US Armed Forces or the Peace Corps. By serving your country, you’ll learn a lot about yourself. You’ll also strengthen your character and enhance your awareness of the world around you. I’ve known many bright young people, whose family didn’t have the money for college, who applied for a Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) scholarship at their local university.
Remember: freedom isn’t free. Someone has to pay for it.
If not you, then who? If not now, then when?
Find out what you’re made of.
Note: The Price of Freedom is not American lives; it’s Vigilance. Someone must have Boots-on-the-Ground to create a viable deterrent to evil.
Truth 44: In the end, God determines how far you’ll go.
I saved the best truth for last. If you do all you can do, keep adjusting until you find what brings you joy by add-massive-value to the lives of others, you’ll be blessed.
However, God decides how far you’ll go in your career
– not you.
So, relax, do your best, find enjoyment in your journey, and let’s see how far this rocket ship called life will take you.
One day, when Colin Powell was being interviewed, the interviewer said, “General Powell, I have a copy of your college record here, and it shows that you received many B’s and C’s in your courses. How does someone with this kind of academic performance, become the highest-ranking member of our Armed Forces, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?” General Powell just smiles and said, “It’s a great country isn’t it.”
To those who have a career, what are the benefits:
- Become absolutely essential to any organization
- More happiness, self-esteem, and prosperity
- Greater sense of personal fulfillment, making a difference
- Better work and life balance
- Enhanced goal achievement and financial stability
- More peace of mind concerning your career
- Never having to worry about being a burden on your family
- Living a blessed life, exercising stewardship over your time and choices
How much is this worth? Do you still need more convincing?
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Chapter 11: Assessment 3: The 17 Worst Career Liabilities
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