Monthly Archive for November, 2010

Let Steve Jobs Help You Prepare For 2011

If  you haven’t already read THE INNOVATION SECRETS OF STEVE JOBS–INSANELY DIFFERENT PRINCIPLES FOR BREAKTHROUGH SUCCESS I recommend that you get a copy  today and commit to studying it as you begin preparing to make 2011 your best career year ever.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is the master of innovation. This book lays out a powerful, positive, game-changing approach to innovation based on his Seven Principles of Innovation that anyone can apply to any field of endeavor.

1.Do What You Love. Think differently about your career.

2.Put a Dent in the Universe. Think differently about your vision.

3 Kick Start Your Brain. Think differently about how you think.
4 Sell Dreams, Not Products. Think differently about your customers.
5. Say No to 1,000 Things. Think differently about design.
6. Create Insanely Great Experiences. Think differently about your brand experience.
7. Master the Message. Think differently about your story.

By following Steve Jobs’s visionary example, you’ll discover exciting new ways to unlock your creative potential and to foster an environment that encourages innovation and allows it to flourish. You’ll learn how to match—and beat—the most powerful competitors and thrive in the most challenging times.

Bestselling business journalist Carmine Gallo has interviewed hundreds of successful professionals–from CEOs, managers, and entrepreneurs to teachers, consultants, and stay-at-home moms—to get to the core of Steve Jobs’s innovative philosophies.

Amazon.com has it in hardcover for $16.48; the Kindle version for $9.99.

I promise you will find THE INNOVATION SECRETS OF STEVE JOBS to be interesting and inspiring. It can make a difference in your life. By the way, it will make a splendid Christmas gift for anyone with whom you share a career interest. (But don’t give it to a competitor.)

I wish you career success.

Ramon Greenwood, The Career Coach
Common Sense At Work

Create a Promising Career from Personal Passion

“All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man has taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most of us seek a sense of reward from our work, and get frustrated if we don’t get it. We’re driven by some form of need – whether it’s desperation to pay the bills, a desire to establish a foundation for a secure future, seeking a way to get out of the house each day, or the pursuit for success, something compels us to keep working.

Pursuing a deeper passion, though, can lead to a more lasting sense of reward. Below the motivations of the moment lie hungers for fulfilling our unique potential that can lend powerful purpose and meaning to work, but only if they are fed. The challenge is to honor them – to listen to their guidance and each day take a step closer to fulfilling them, so that eventually our work is our passion.

Whether you’re driven to contribute, create, change, curb, or conquer, here are some tips for creating a rewarding career from your personal passion.

How to Change a Dream into a Journey

Explore the nature of your ambition – It’s important to be clear about the source of your passion. Were you inspired to get into the subject of your interest by someone else? Does it seem simply promising or potentially life-changing? Perhaps you’re unhappy with the way things are, or maybe you crave recognition.

A true passion can be recognized by how it affects you. Do you forget about the world around you when you’re writing or helping or inventing or solving? Do you forget to eat or listen to the music that’s playing? Taking time to explore different pastimes and careers can reveal the difference between wishful thinking and real potential.

Work with what you have now – Because pursuing a passion may mean big changes in your life, it’s easy to put off making it happen as a career. But everything doesn’t have to change at once – even small changes can feel highly rewarding and motivating.

Truth is, you’re likely to be surrounded by evidence of your true passion (you can’t help but be). What websites, books, magazines, supplies, and computer software do you already have to feed the hunger? Ask yourself how you can take your passion a little more seriously each day by putting these tools to good use.

Plan to achieve your goal – When you picture yourself doing what you love for a living, what are your days like? Who do you work with? What surrounds you? How did you get there? Perhaps you went to school to get formal training. Perhaps you started as a volunteer, or asked to be mentored by someone. How much of what got you there was luck, and how much was hard work?

Look for those pivotal moments that propelled you toward your dream, and note them as benchmarks for your career path. Research how other people have become successful in the field, and the career path most people in the field follow. Then create a plan that you can see clearly in your mind – one that is flexible enough that it will allow you to act on unexpected opportunities.

Change your perspective – What you do in your current job may actually be the perfect lead into doing what you love as a career. The path to living a dream is often already in your work, but in disguise. Think about your work skills and how they might help you work in your field of true interest. Pay attention to the people you meet who have similar interests, make yourself available to new projects, and keep an eye out for connections between the path you’re on now and the path to where you want to be.

For example, an office administrator who dreams of being a travel photographer could start taking photos of work events for use around the office, and perhaps for the company website and print advertisements. He could also ask to attend conferences or travel to coordinate meetings, and schedule personal side trips to practice photography and develop a portfolio. The employer’s tuition reimbursement program could pay for business classes that would teach skills important for entrepreneurship and marketing.

Once the office administrator had put together a reasonable portfolio, he could begin pitching for photography assignments with local newspapers and magazines, which can lead to assignments with more visibility and decent pay. By saving the money made from his side projects, eventually he’d have enough set aside to pay for photography school, and a new career doing what he has always wanted to do.

Keep moving – Maybe you’ve been discouraged from trying to pursue your passion, or you’re not sure what it is. Just keep generating momentum with small steps. Use Facebook, MeetUp, and other social media websites to join groups of people with like interests. Look into creative ways to get more training in topics that interest you. Borrow equipment to try it out before buying it. Send an email to a role model in the industry asking for advice. Subscribe to an industry magazine or join an association. Consider other ways of doing what you love – ones that you may have dismissed previously. But keep following your heart! and feeding that hunger!

Ellen Berry writes about career and education topics for BrainTrack.com.

I Recommend This Terrific Book

I’ve never been more excited about a book than I am about THE INNOVATION SECRETS OF STEVE JOBS–INSANELY DIFFERENT PRINCIPLES FOR BREAKTHROUGH SUCCESS.

It’s a book everyone who is dedicated to achieving career success–no matter their path–should read.

When it comes to innovation, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is legendary. His company slogan “Think Different” is more than a marketing tool. It’s a way of life–a powerful, positive, game-changing approach to innovation that anyone can apply to any field of endeavor.

These are the Seven Principles of Innovation, inspired by the master himself:

1.Do What You Love. Think differently about your career.
2.Put a Dent in the Universe. Think differently about your vision.
3 Kick Start Your Brain. Think differently about how you think.
4 Sell Dreams, Not Products. Think differently about your customers.
5. Say No to 1,000 Things. Think differently about design.
6. Create Insanely Great Experiences. Think differently about your brand experience.
7. Master the Message. Think differently about your story.

By following Steve Jobs’s visionary example, you’ll discover exciting new ways to unlock your creative potential and to foster an environment that encourages innovation and allows it to flourish. You’ll learn how to match—and beat—the most powerful competitors and thrive in the most challenging times.

Bestselling business journalist Carmine Gallo has interviewed hundreds of successful professionals–from CEOs, managers, and entrepreneurs to teachers, consultants, and stay-at-home moms—to get to the core of Steve Jobs’s innovative philosophies.

I urge you to get your copy today. Amazon.com has it in hardcover for $16.48; the Kindle version for $9.99.

I promise you will find THE INNOVATION SECRETS OF STEVE JOBS to be interesting and inspiring. It can make a difference in your life.

I wish you career success.

Ramon Greenwood, The Career Coach
Common Sense At Work

Hate your job? Learn how to Make it Bearable

About 80 percent of working Americans hate their jobs, according to recent statistics.  While some fantasize about switching careers, sometimes certain circumstances (like a shaky economy) can make one hesitant about leaving their steady paycheck to pursue something they love—or at least something they hate a little less.  If you are uncertain about making that permanent move, here are some simple and effective ways you can make those painful 8 hours in the office a little bit more bearable.

Enjoy your lunch break. Sometimes you can get so caught up in your workload that you don’t feel you have time to enjoy your full lunch break. Thus you choose to shove pieces of your egg salad sandwich while simultaneously typing expense figures. Not only is eating at your desk unhealthy (it’s covered with all sorts of germs) you’re not giving yourself a chance to relax or get full.  And as you may know, a stressed and hungry worker can easily transform into a grouchy, hostile worker. So unglue yourself from your computer chair and eat your lunch in peace. Another good idea is to eat your lunch outside. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, direct sunlight has the ability to fight depression. So take some gulps of fresh air, let the sun soak in your skin and properly refuel your body with a good lunch. Separating yourself from work (even if just for a moment) might be what you need to make your days appear more pleasant.

Mingle with your Co-workers. If you’re new, this tip is especially important. Engaging with your coworkers can improve your outlook on your work experience as a whole because these people will not only socialize with you (preventing you from working in solitude) but will also praise you on your work-related accomplishments and will encourage you to do better. Knowing that there are people who respect and admire your work is sometimes is all the motivation you need to continue going.

Evaluate unhappiness. It’s important that you get to the core reason of why you despise your job so much. Is it a specific co-worker? Then stay away from that person. Is it boredom? Then ask your boss to give you more challenging tasks. Whatever it is, you need to address your unhappiness with your boss. You don’t have to directly say, “I think my job stinks” but state in a professional manner your concerns, and then ask your boss what his or her plans are for addressing your issues. You also need to ask how your boss plans on helping you grow and prosper in the workplace. If your boss seems confused of what to do, you can suggest that you be placed on that new interesting project you heard about. If you’re not qualified, remember that you can always offer to take additional training. You might have to end up doing more work, but you might discover another section in the company that you actually like doing.

This is a guess posting  by Alvina Lopez, who writes on the topics of accredited online schools.  She welcomes your comments at her email Id: alvina.lopez @gmail.com.

I wish you career success.

Ramon Greenwood, The Career Coach

Common Sense At Work