It’s humbling yet satisfying when hard work pays off. Such an honor to be recognized by Nova Southeastern University. The Quill of Life’s writings.
Never Give Up on your dreams.
You have made up your mind about where you want to go and what you want to do. Now what? It’s time to set Sail. Take a look at what others will see when they start searching for you. How is your CV/Resume? When was the last time you looked at it? By the way, your Resume should be kept current every time you make a change on the job in terms of your achievement. It should be added. Don’t wait until years later you start scrambling to find what did I do again? What are the gaps between the Dash?
What about your public profiles? Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Is it a ghost (i.e. no picture); does it reflect where you want to be? Or is it depicting some Plucked career you did back when you just started working years ago? What about Facebook? It’s where most headhunters go to look to find out about you before they even connect with you. What are their likes? Dislikes? What activities are you involved in? We can sell ourselves in an interview but when doing a public search, what will they find? Make sure their search comes up with what you want them to know about you.
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Is that coming from a place of Inability or Fear?
To become a Paragon leader within your circle of influence, you must decide….and when you do, get rid of the ‘can’t‘, because you can.
Being a leader is 24-7 job, and educational opportunities to improve yourself are everywhere. Learn from your friends and family and sometimes complete strangers, and you’ll find opportunities at every turn
– Byron Scott and Charles Norris
Leader. Where are you now and where do you want to be? In the book Slam Dunk Success, Magic Johnson articulated in the Forward that most people think you win then you become a leader. But it’s the other way around. You’re a leader first, then you win.
Leaders are everywhere, and so are leadership opportunities. Punctured or not, Magic urged that you may be an entry-level employee or a middle manager, but not to worry. Every department is looking for a leader. To have the courage to stand up and take the lead, you will become successful.
Leadership is innate. Leaders are constantly changing the world around them. They may be involved in business or in the community. Opportunities abound.
Leadership is foresight. Manage yourself. Think of where you are now and where you want to be. Then take the steps ….one at a time. Try. Learn. Fail. Get back up and do it again. You will succeed with hard work and persistence. As always, don’t give up.
Oprah Winfrey displays this attribute rising from humble beginnings being teased, molested yet used this as a stepping stone when she
An entrepreneur is someone who organizes and operates a business taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.
From dream to reality! Entrepreneurs start out with a small idea; work that idea until it becomes real. Some fail. Others blossom into true success. Among the successful are leaders Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and many more.
In order to be successful, skill set is important. Shark Tank’s renowned entrepreneur, Damon Johns pooled comments about the skills that business owners associate with being successful. Courage, risk-taking, communication, vision, self-discipline, and faith were among the common responses. But the top skills turned out to be the attributes listed with definitions from research in the book Success Strategies of Leaders.
Top 3 Entrepreneurial Skills
Passion. Defined as being passionate about what you are doing and putting your heart into it, as well as connecting with the possibilities of the future and having the chance to do something about. Oprah Winfrey displays this attribute rising from humble beginnings being teased, molested yet used this as a stepping stone when she entered broadcasting. Producers noticed her oratory skills, and passion. The rest is history.
This attribute includes a sense of self-esteem and self-assurance and the belief that you can make a difference. It allows the individual to feel assured that his or her attempts to influence are appropriate and right. Walt Disney was a farm boy who had a natural inclination for drawing cartoons. He went to work with universal studios and when his contract ended he confidently created Mickey Mouse. He maintained focus on his dream to have a theme park that was like no other in the world. He stepped forward confidently and did just that. Disney is a household name worldwide.
Refers to the desire to never give up in spite of all the odds. Follow through, endurance, and not giving up in pursuit of goals are attributes of persistence. Others include exhibiting determination, initiative, and willingness to assert oneself, being proactive and having the ability to persevere in the face of obstacles. Steve Jobs dropped out of college because of financial difficulties. He eventually enrolled in a calligraphy class, created a company from which he was eventually fired. But he never gave up. He later started Apple computers with his childhood friend, and achieved successful making an impact on how mankind communicates digitally worldwide.
There you have it. The top 3 skills Passion, Self-confidence, and Persistence that entrepreneurs should have as derived from business owners. So if you’re a career changer thinking of taking this bold step, consider these traits. Do you have what it takes? Don’t stay Adrift, take that bold step to realizing your dreams.
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Failure, is it the Final frontier? Oprah Winfrey learned that failure is only an illusion after her cable network started off poorly. She said the worst time in her professional life came when the Oprah Winfrey Network’s (OWN) ratings plummeted a year after launch. Later, in a Harvard commencement speech, Winfrey said that she told herself repeatedly that failure is an illusion. She said “there is no such thing as failure. Failure is just a lie trying to move us in another direction.
Brian Tracy asked the question “What is the best advice you have ever received for overcoming your fear of failure?” Responders shared:
- Don’t hate your weaknesses, God will meet you there!
- You will never experience true success without learning from some level of failure
- No matter how slow, just keep on moving
- FAIL = First Attempt in Learning
- Think BIG. Act BIG. Get BIG.
- Don’t bury your head in the sand and expect a pat on the back from me. It’s hard. You go to hustle but you will be fine.
- The worst that can happen is you mess it up, or get told no.
- We fail every time but each time we must fail better
- Failure never fails you as long as you’re willing to learn from it
- I don’t need to overcome fear of failure. I seek failure.
- I reckon I’d be amazing in my job if I could get past the fear of failure and what everyone will think
- What’s the worst that can happen?
- Behind fear is desire
- Nothing ventured, nothing gained
- Don’t ever quit. Keep going
- Motion conquers fear
- Work hard and be patient
- You can’t be successful without failure
- That’s ok…do it scared
- You have to get uncomfortable to be comfortable
- Break it up into small parts when you get scared. Then take small steps. Never give up and you will always find momentum…and you’re off…that’s the magic
- The fear of failure has killed more dreams than failure ever has
- Not Trying- that’s the only failure
- Nothing ventured. Nothing gained.
- Keep going
- Take massive action
Diverse responses but you get the picture. My personal mantra remains ‘feel the fear….but do it anyway’. Essentially, don’t let fear get in the way of you going after your goals.
Oprah encouraged when you’re down in the hole, when that moment comes, it’s okay to feel bad for a little while. Give yourself time to mourn what you think you may have lost. But then learn from every mistake because every experience, encounter, and particularly your mistakes are there to teach you and force you into being more of who you are.
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What do you love about yourself? “Nothing. I don’t know, I can’t think of …anything”. These answers were repeated several times from a question asked of individuals
“Nothing. I don’t know, I can’t think of …anything”. These answers were repeated several times from a question asked of individuals “what do you love about yourself“. Responses included:
- I don’t love anything about myself.
- Self Awareness
- My will power
- I don’t know
- My strong determined, lively, ambitious spirit
- How I am such an amazing girl
- At the end of the day I am grateful life is so amazing–so much good all around
- Whole me except anger
- My deep soul that surprises me all the …how much it can hold
For those who look on the dull side of life and consider the negatives regarding the affection you have for yourself, it would be wise sit and Unravel the details of this perception. Take the time to develop yourself personally, and become more aware of who you are.
Self Awareness is having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. Self Awareness allows you to understand other people, how they perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them in the moment. To improve yourself individuals should consider:
- Developing your talents and potential
- Building your ability to be gainfully employed in whatever career you choose
- Enhancing your quality of life
- Considering your future and take the steps to achieve your dreams, goals, and aspirations.
Does any of the negative responses listed depict you? Can you identify with any? If so, take the steps today to boost your self-awareness and build your self-confidence, self-discovery, and vision. Only then will you be on your way to relentlessly pursue true success.
Writing (though a rough Uneven and bumpy road), doesn’t have to be complicated. It is a muscle that if used improves. Write here. Write now. Just write. Edit later.
Write something everyday and you’ll get done. That’s one of the most important advice I received and adopted while doing my dissertation.
It worked! I wrote everyday and before long I had finished my research; published a peer reviewed journal article on the Leadership Challenge; published 2 books on Success Strategies; and am onto my 3rd inspirational book titled GreenLight. Woohoo! Writing (though a rough Uneven and bumpy road), doesn’t have to be complicated. It is a muscle that if used improves. Write here. Write now. Just write. Edit later.
Jessica Stillman wrote How to Radically Improve Your Writing in Under 2 Minutes In summary she recommended:
- Delete the word “that“; which we often use but is unnecessary.
- Delete the words “I think“. Doing so strengthens your sentences.
- Avoid words ending in “ing“.
- Write short sentences. Short paragraphs. Keep paragraphs to less than three sentences. Yea I know’ that‘s hard for some (here goes ‘that’ word again).
- Shrink your opening sentence.
I intend to follow her advice and I hope you do too. So adopt 1, 2, or a few… and improve your writing today.
Look around you. Change is everywhere. In business, politics, technology, relationships, our lives, spouse, children, bodies (yikes!), and more. Change is everywhere! Can we get rid of the awful feeling that it comes with? Must we comply? Resist? Run? Or simply give in?
My friend’s father was scheduled to do surgery on his leg. While in the hospital he was told that it was beyond surgery and they had to immediately amputate or fear the worse would happen. In no time the decision was made and my friend’s life was turned upside down, or inside out depending on how you look at it.
Immediately the ripple effects at work, among her own children, and in her own personal life could not be missed. Someone had to jump in and smooth the process…and that she did.
Change is constant. Whether it is in our professional life as entrepreneurs or in our personal life. We can’t get out of it. Some bring joy, some sorrow, pain, regret, or disappointment.
Organizations are no different. As professionals we spend most of our professional lives on the job in organizations. So here is a brief discussion on its effects and some tips on how to deal with the pains of change while at work. Our goal is to strengthen commitment as opposed to force compliance on others.
We said it before but will say it again…resistance to change can have devastating effects in organizations, politics, and in our own lives. It can result in:
- Reduced performance
- Increased turnover
- Increased arguments and controversy
We resist change. Here’s why:
- Parochial self-interest
- Lack of trust
- Different assessments
- Low tolerance for change
Here’s how we show it:
Active resistance: Lack of cooperation together with disputes, threat of strikes, and sabotage.
Opposition : Delay, not meeting deadlines or having resources ready when they are needed, and forming coalitions to overturn the change.
Conditional acceptance : Accepting the essence of change while working on its modification.
False acceptance: Pretending to accept the job while doing nothing to implement it.
Acquiescence: Accepting the change while reducing commitment to the organization.
Withdrawal: People simply leave the organization or transfer to another job within the organization that is not affected by the change.
4 Successful Change Management Tactics
We can successfully manage change through persuasion, intervention, edict, and participation. Of the four … persuasion, intervention and participation will more often result in commitment to change, rather than compliance.
- Persuasion. The manager articulates the needs and opportunities and then an expert sells the plan to other managers and subordinates.
- Intervention. Identify deficiencies, state new objectives and illustrate how these will be met through members of the organization.
- Participation. The manager states the problem, delegates responsibility for deriving solution to a planning group, and then provide for implementation of the planned solution.
- Edict is less effective because it operates under the dictatorial mode through ordering everyone to follow the stated change plan. This leads to compliance rather than resistance.
To better manage the natural resistance to change in order to sustain performance in an environment of constant change it is best to:
- Personalize the benefits of change;
- Lead, sponsor and communicate throughout the change process;
- Support people through the difficult points of the change journey;
- Focus on new behaviors not new attitudes.
Essentially, we can never hide from change. It is inevitable. The traditional form of managing change may be adequate in a slow moving world. However, in our pop Tart rapidly changing social media environment, the traditional forms of management makes implementing change more difficult. Therefore adapting the tactics mentioned will go a long way to fuel lasting commitment that will promote business success in the long term.
If you are not in business, you can still apply the same tactics to your own personal life, career, and relationships. Change impacts us all but it is important to remember… when it hits.. no matter what it is
Change the plan but not the Goal