Monthly Archive for June, 2008

Career Advice: Ignore This Message If You Like Your Career Just The Way It Is

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CAREER ADVICE: WINNERS KEEP ON KEEPING ON

Winners in the world of work are tough and determined to keep plowing ahead, overcoming the inevitable setbacks that occur on everyone’s career path.

On her first screen test, Julie Andrews, movie star, was told she was not photogenic enough for film.

J. K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was turned down by 12 publishers before a small house bought it.

Decca Records rejected a contract with The Beatles because they didn’t like the sound.

A creative genius, Walt Disney was pink slipped by a newspaper. The editor said he “lack imagination”.

Warner Brothers, movie producers, pronounced films with sound dead on arrival. “Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?”, one of the brothers asked.

Thomas Edison, a genius by anyone’s standards, failed 1,000 times before he invented the light bulb. He declared each failure was a step toward success.

The lesson here is crystal clear for anyone who craves career success: Setbacks are certain to occur. Winners keep on keeping on, treating each disappointment as a temporary interruption from which lessons can be learned.

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Career Advice: How To Make Your Vacation Work For You

I’m scrambling around preparing to take off for a 10-day vacation. My family–all 11 of us in various combinations, depending on who can get away from work and when–are going to be spending the time at a house we rent each year on a North Carolina beach.

We always have a great time on our family vacation. It’s a time to kick back and recharge our batteries. But we know that we must deal with many factors that can detract from the pleasures and benefits of our vacation.

Here are seven common sense steps that will help assure that vacations will serve their best purposes.

1. Come to grips with the fact that our employer (readers and clients) can get along for a few days without us. However, it is to be hoped that our absence will cause everyone to recognize how much we do contribute when we are on the job.

2. Reject the macho idea that long hours with our nose to the grindstone demonstrate strength and commitment. It’s what we produce that counts. Even an ox needs time out of the yoke.

3. Hold to the dates we’ve scheduled for vacation, come hell or high water. Cancel it only on a direct order from the boss. If our employer forces us to cancel our vacation, make sure he has a good reason. Absent a reason, consider whether we are working in an environment that will nurture our growth.

4. Establish a plan to cover our responsibilities. Do work in advance. Delegate. Advise those with whom we work of our plans and what we expect to happen while we are away.

5. Leave a contact point with a “gatekeeper,” who will respect our down time, through whom we can be reached. Don’t check with the office while on vacation. They’ll call if we are needed. Don’t panic if there is no contact.

6. Flush work out of our mind. Put the components of our life in perspective. Recharge our batteries. Read things totally unrelated to your work. Get plenty of rest.

7. Be prepared to double our efforts when we return from vacation to catch up and go ahead with our work.

It’s well to remember that there is no record of anyone wishing on their deathbed that they had spent less time on vacation.

I wish you career success! And a productive vacation!

Ramon Greenwood, Head Career Coach
Common Sense At Work

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