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(continued) Today’s post is by my good friend, author & international speaker David Rendall of The Freak Factory. David appeared on my radio show on January 13th. Listen to interview with David. Today’s “Freaking Out” post is a continuation of yesterday’s post – January 26. read part 1
Myth #3: You need to stop procrastinating
When I ask my students to list their weaknesses, the most popular is procrastination. (more…)
Today’s post is by my good friend, author & international speaker David Rendall of The Freak Factory. David appeared on my radio show on January 13th. Listen to interview with David. “Freaking Out” will be continued tomorrow.
“Most career advice is misguided and, in fact, makes us worse rather than better. We think we have to be well rounded, to fit in, to stop procrastinating, to get more self-control, and to fix our weaknesses. But the surprising truth is that pursuing each of those well-accepted pieces of conventional wisdom will (more…)
I use to tell people about how I worked day and night “making a life and a future for my children.” I’d get up at 5:00 am and go off to work and come back for dinner – then head back to the office until midnight and repeat this six days a week.
In the course of living that schedule, I saw my kids a few minutes a day then spent all day Sunday with my family – thinking about work.
I lived, thought and dreamed work. It was so bad that every conversation with my wife was about work. When she talked to me about our kids going to the doctor, things that they were doing at school, the schedule for the next week, I would respond with “okay.”
The red flag (as if the above was not) was when my wife planned a weekend family vacation. She planned a nice trip to Chicago – just a short car ride away. I became upset a few days before leaving because for me to leave would put me behind on my work. (more…)
Live Life on Your Own Terms (continued from Dec. 31st 2010) Do you want to design remote-control model airplanes, take photos of national parks with an antique large-format camera, homeschool your son or daughter, be a nature guide in the Everglades, teach English in Beijing? What is stopping you?
Hint: It isn’t your boss, your husband or wife, your parents, your credit card company, your past or even your present.
The truth is: (more…)
There are two distinct paths in life when it comes to career. Follow your strength or develop the areas of weakness to get them on par with the general populace so you can thrive and compete.
What if you only work on developing your strengths and ignore your weaknesses? My good friend David Rendall says that what people have told you were your weaknesses are actually your strengths. I like what he says, because it’s true. The “bad” traits many teachers and parents attempted to rid us of over the years may well have been our very strengths that will help us achieve fulfillment later in life.
What the world perceives as a weakness may very well be your defining strength. If you were labeled as being strong-willed, imaginative, hyperactive and loud – maybe you should pursue being a teacher, entertainer or a politician over becoming an CPA.
But, it is a weakness; Shouldn’t I have a more rounded education? Sure, it’s important to understand the diversity of subjects in life, perhaps only a surface or conversational level may be necessary and not proficiency at everything under the sun.
Do you know any person of achievement who was great at many different things? Most people can only think of a handful in history. I know what you may be thinking; someone like Leonardo da Vinci (Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci) who was a polymath seemed to be good at everything – arts, architecture, music, science, math, inventing, anatomy, cartography, botany and writing. He was well learned as well as he mastered what is one of the most important traits that he also taught his students; observe the world around you.
He was great at the arts, architecture, sciences, anatomy, botany, etc. because he observed, took interest in and contemplated the minute details of things. He had a privileged education, was apprenticed by talented painter and sculptor Verrocchio and practiced and practiced.
So, he and others recognized his strengths and fortified those strengths with proper attention, education, apprenticeship and opportunities to work his craft.
On the other side of the argument, some say that we need to push ourselves to do the uncomfortable to become truly great. We may hear things like, Stop being so shy; learn how to communicate with people, to be persuasive and outgoing to get your message out there. Struggle to get up in front of people and entertain them with your words for fifty minutes - get out of your shell – I don’t care if it makes you sick for a week thinking about it!
What if we feel we are not athletes – so we don’t work out.
It’s not my strength, I wasn’t built for that kind of activity.
I’m not a writer, I can’t spell worth a damn.
Speak in public? I’d rather die!
I like to read comics. I could read them day and night. Just give me a stack of comics and I’m happy for days.
Okay, I know the last one was way out there. Where do we draw the line between staying in our strengths and not bothering with working out our weaknesses and avoiding our fears and retracting from growth opportunities? Is it when it doesn’t feel right, easy or fun?
Which is right? Push yourself and grow in an area of weakness to become bigger or more well-rounded – or ignore the weaknesses and concentrate on becoming great in one area? Edison attributed his greatness to just doing one thing – while most men spend their lives doing many things.
What about child musicians who practice eight hours a day? Is playing an instrument their real strength or is patience and perseverance? Could you sit the same child in front of an canvas and easel for eight hours a day and have them turn out copies of Leonardo’s Last Supper after a few years of daily practice?
As you notice I have more questions than answers. For me, over the last year and a half, I have enjoyed getting out of my proverbial shell; driving an ATV fast through the fields without a helmet, shooting handguns, going for a run at 5AM when it is 7 degrees below zero, strength training for rapid muscle growth, writing and completing a book, teaching people, blogging here every day, speaking in front of hundreds of people, being on live radio and TV, the list goes on and on.
If someone would have read that list off to me two years ago, I would have laughed in their face! That was not me, none of the above were things I thought were possible, enjoyable, safe or something I could ever succeed at. What I have gained from these experiences are self amazement (that I could do those things) as well as a real sense of accomplishment and fulfillment.
I’d like to know what you think about either concentrating on developing your weaknesses or building your strengths.
How do you get the edge over the other job applicants? Do what the other 99% of job applicants have never thought of. Do your research. The average person looking for a job knows little to nothing about the company. Fortunately, you are not average.
Think about what you’ll need to research. What skills are going to be the most valuable to your employer and how do you attain the skills you do not yet have?
Do you know who the president of the company is? Who were the founders, what their declared mission is and where are they going in the future? Does their mission statement even align with your life direction or beliefs for that matter? By doing your homework you will separate yourself from the crowd.
But, some of your competition will have done the same research and planning as you have. They may even have more experience than you; and may possibly be better looking that you (hard to believe I know). So what can you do? The one thing that you haven’t done is what my friend Charlie Hoehn has done so successfully.
Charley’s wisdom far surpasses his 24 years. He recently wrote a book that I highly recommend reading titled, “Recession-Proof Graduate – Charlie Hoehn’s Guide to Getting Any Job Within A Year of Finishing College.” Charlie has graciously made it available for you to download for free at www.recessionproofgraduate.com. I highly suggest that you take the next 20 minutes and read his Recession-Proof Graduate today. His insight into how to recession-proof your career can give you enormous power to shape the lifestyle you desire.
In his book, Charlie shows readers how to start working for an organization, entrepreneur or industry expert without going through the interview process like everyone else. Readers quickly learn how to start working near the top of an organization within days of reading and applying the tactics.
The other option that average people take is for you to go through interview after interview that may land you at a dull (and possibly unfulfilling) desk job. Better yet you can have your BA degree and start in the preverbal mail-room. Follow what Charlie says. If you are thinking of going back to school, FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE READ HIS BOOK!