Archive for October, 2013
In today’s economy, most people would consider themselves lucky to have a job at all, right? How about you… even if it’s in a position you never expected, it pays the bills. You’re one of the fortunate ones, who has no need to struggle to even need or get an interview.
It might be you are one of those brilliant people who adopted the “employeepreneur” mindset and already has made great progress in your career. But, too often, one major factor gets overlooked by people who either have or need a job and it’s one they truly NEED.
You have to understand, the marketplace continues to evolve. While some tactics and skills are timeless and thus, the same today as they were 20 years ago, the media and methods may have changed vastly. One classic example is “social media.” Too often, seasoned professionals might view social media as a waste. Guess what? They’re ignoring thousands of pounds in potential income!
It isn’t just about using Facebook to market to your friends and sell them products. Although, yes, there is a way to do that without coming off as a slimy, obnoxious person who is quickly “unfriended.”
But here’s the mistake I see people make, and I’m sure you might have fallen into this trap at some point. You have a job, and even though it isn’t your dream job, you are thankful. But because you are working — you are not really motivated to keep your resume or portfolio up-to-date. You are not motivated to take extra classes to increase your skill sets. And the worst of all, you are not motivated to KEEP networking!
Anything can happen at anytime, and I know you know that! Your company could go belly up, relocate or experience major layoffs. Some emergency may even come up in your life requiring you to leave your position.
But if you aren’t continually networking, you are doing yourself a disservice. If you don’t network, chances are people won’t randomly offer you your dream job or a higher-paying position. If you lost your job tomorrow, your network would likely be nonexistent, right?
This doesn’t mean you have to sign up for a Facebook account. But you do need to get yourself out there! Community networking events, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google Plus, Reddit…wherever, whenever. There are people all around you looking to talk about their passions, connect, exchange business cards and if you make a big impression — who do you think will be the first to come to mind when they need to hire someone for a job?
It isn’t about technology, it’s about creating relationships. And the majority of today’s networks are online. You might have neglected (or ignored) your network, but it isn’t too late to get caught up!
You should also be grooming your online reputation. When you put your name in a search engine, what comes up? Nothing? Or a profile page full of unprofessional photos? Imagine the message you’re sending to the world — literally. But, the wonderful thing about networking: it offers a chance to market and brand YOURSELF. And with online profiles you create, you have total control over that image.
Trust me, a lot of employers do search engine checks on prospective applicants, along with the standard background check. If you are looking for work or seek higher employment altogether, this is something you can’t ignore!
Take control of your online imprint today, and leave me your comments on today’s message. If you are one of those building your social media network, share or like today’s post on Facebook or Twitter and get in on our community. We’re talking and networking every day.
For over a decade, I have worked with different kinds of people from all different walks of life. There is one thing I have run into over and over again that severely hurts a person’s chance for success. I want to share it with you today, because it’s not just a problem adults have — your kids need to know this, as well!
I constantly come in contact with business people who won’t follow directions. They refuse to follow directions, they are not teachable and they constantly push the envelope to reinvent the wheel their own way. The vast majority of this type of person fails. They can’t keep a job, and they have very little stability. They can’t succeed in business because they’re unteachable and they’re forever looking for greener grass, always chasing the wind.
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An unteachable person cannot listen to or learn from anyone. They say, “I know that already,” or“My way is better.” They have tons of ideas and suggestions, and they are always right — or so they think. But this will never help them to succeed.
On the other hand, a teachable person says, “Teach me! Show me! Guide me! Just tell me what to do, and I’ll do it.” They are willing to put their ideas and suggestions aside in order to learn from someone else. They are more concerned with learning than they are with being right. These are the people who become outrageously successful.
This is not just my opinion. This is what I have seen as a businessman who has coached hundreds of people. I have seen who succeeds and who fails, and I’m telling you people who cannot follow directions get fired, go out of business, and have failing marriages and out-of-control children.
My friend, whether you have kids right now or not, I want you to think about what happens when a child is raised to be unteachable. They will not follow directions and will not obey you or anyone else. It will cause frustration in the home and in relationships. It will hinder them in school. It can keep them from getting a job. It will keep them from getting raises and promotions in their jobs, or even get them fired.
And why? Because they can’t follow directions. That’s why it’s so important to start teaching them while they’re young.
Because of my experience working with adults in business, I recognized this principle before I began raising kids. I vowed to teach my kids to obey, follow directions and to follow through the first time I told them something. There was no room for, “But I don’t want to!” or “I’ll do it later.” They learned to say, “Yes!” and do what they were told, the first time they were told. If they did not obey, they were disciplined. This equipped them for success.
Today, they are honourable and respectful teenagers and young adults who gladly follow directions given by myself, as well as their bosses at work. They are so teachable and eager to learn, both at work and at home. This has positioned them for success for the rest of their lives.
Imagine being trained in this way as a child — follow directions the first time; hear a request and follow through immediately.
It doesn’t matter how old your children are, or how long you have been in a pattern of disobedience, procrastination and rebellion. It’s not too late!
You have to choose which outcome you want for you and your children — do you want to succeed or fail; do you want your children to succeed or fail?
Choose today to take steps toward being teachable and following directions. Next time you are asked to do something, try saying, “Sure, I’d be glad to!” instead of fighting the directive. Next time you are tempted to argue or say, “I know, I know,” stop for a moment and listen to what the other person has to say.
This will change your reputation and cause people to see you as reliable and dependable. It will set you up for success at work, at home and in your community. It will set your children up for a lifetime of success.
This is NOT something to mess around with. This one thing can and WILL make or break your future and the future of your children.
I highly encourage you to share this with every parent, grandparent, teacher, youth leader, babysitter, and everyone who has or works with kids. Let’s do our part to help rain the next generation for success! Just share this post on Facebook and Twitter.
I wish you a blessed day and to accept any opportunity that might come your way. Stay blessed & just keep smiling 🙂