Following up on Wednesday’s article, here is a clip of Russell Simmons. In teaching young people to be entrepreneurs, Simmons emphasizes having the courage to “start today” and comprehend that “their security is already in them”. A good message to reinforce for entrepreneurs of all ages.
“I’ve found that the resources I get are no good unless I give them back,” says Russell Simmons, CEO of Rush Communications and one of the founders of the hip-hop movement. “That cycle of giving is the process that sustains you, makes you happy and makes you whole.” In today’s article from Success Magazine, Simmons shares his key principles of empowerment, one of which became the title of his book: Do You! “Always do you” means always be true to yourself. Of the principles that he outlines here, which are the ones that speak to you?
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson
Whether it’s a career crossroad or a mid-life quandary, the exploration of what we are built to do in our lifetime seems to be a question that rarely can be avoided. What people are surprised to find is that our purpose in life is something that we’ve already been doing or already are. In fact, it’s often something that has been both a blessing and a curse.
Think of the most essential part of who you are, how you are and what you do without even trying. It’s that thing that you do and that people have sought you out for. It’s that trait that you likely don’t even value because it is such a given in your life.
Maybe it’s that you naturally lead, even when you don’t want to. Or perhaps, it’s the way you are relied on in a crisis or how you influence people to take action that you don’t seek out but happens anyway. It may even be that compassion you have for people who have had it tough because you were dealt a similar hand and can relate to them. It may be a memory you’d rather forget, but you keep finding yourself in the same situation helping those that are going through something similar. By doing so, you have hit upon the reason why it happened to you.
For years, it was a drain on John that people always cornered him in his office to talk about personal things. Despite feeling useful when he supported people through tough times, he could not get his own work done, so he often found it frustrating to be needed in that way. As he thought about his looming retirement, it occurred to him that he might be able to turn his blessing/curse into a new career. He went back to school for counseling and started his own practice a year after he retired.
Whether your purpose becomes a career in itself or just a way to turn up the volume on your talents (and I guarantee, your satisfaction) it’s an exploration worth doing.
What’s your blessing/curse? It may not really have a curse to it, so just live it up in a bigger way and watch your life change.
In previous posts we’ve cited examples of job seekers who successfully landed positions by blogging or using Twitter. Today we bring you some practical tips for using LinkedIn. Do you have an example of how you’ve used social media to land a job or help you in your research? We’d love to hear about it.
“You have to separate your net worth from your self-worth.” Chris Gardner
In today’s article, two women discuss the paths they each took to changing careers. Erica Curless is a former journalist who became an equine and canine massage therapist and Shirley Bonuccelli is a former school librarian and financial planner who now details cars for a living. Here they share their “radical-change strategies” as well as thoughts on their lives today.
“The starting point of all achievement is desire.” Napoleon Hill
It’s been three years since Paul Potts won the Britain’s Got Talent competition. Since then his audition clip has been viewed millions of times. Watching this moment still inspires and reminds us that a person’s life story can play out in amazing ways. Paul’s story includes: dreams of singing as a child, pursuing music as an escape from being bullied in school, experiencing various obstacles as an adult, and then a coin toss decision to show up for an audition. Now doing what he feels he was “born to do” Paul says, “In life you sometimes take a turn you weren’t expecting, you don’t know where it leads but you have to take that path.” Read Paul’s bio here.
Some helpful thoughts here that may broaden your perspective on career change. In the Now What? career transition coaching process, examining your life story is often a pinnacle moment because it helps you connect the dots in a new way. Patterns and possibilities emerge that can only be detected in the context of your whole story. Once understood, the next chapter often writes itself.
Special thanks to Britta Stromeyer Esmail, the author of today’s article.