Life. Take. Another. Shot.

Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important. Capture the good times. Develop from the negatives and if things don’t turn out – just take another shot.

Do Something That Don't Interest You…

That’s how you grow. Be curious. Do something that don’t interest you. Sounds contrary to today’s thinking right? But it’s a valuable lesson. Many are the career paths and relationships that we never thought would interest us.

HBR Writer Joseph Grenny shared in his stance on being creative on the go. Included in it was his stance on doing something that does not interest you. Personally, I never thought of photography but based on my writing interest developed years ago, I realized that I needed photographs to go with my social media posts. Rather than buying, I chose to take them. This has developed an unexpected interest in photography through taking just about anything. My preferred pics include nature, the sand, sea, waves, and just about anything other selfie-takers may miss around them.

So today I encourage you to do something different. Who knows you may find a new delectable pleasure you can’t resist.

Cheers!

Got Flicks?

Anyone else got flicks, drop ’em

Words from a young college grad. I used to hate taking pictures. Photographers would ask you to turn here. Turn there. I found it rather annoying. Then at the passing of a close relative years ago, my niece begged and pleaded with me to take a pic with my siblings. Eventually, I yielded. Unknown to me (to us), that was the last time we would all be together. Within less than a year I lost my mom, brother and later, my younger sister.

So Now

So now I’m an avid neophyte photographer. Thanks to the iPhone, I’m able to take pics in my own novice way. I take pictures at professional association membership meetings, at social gatherings, the sea, nature (where I feel mostly at home), you name it…I take it! Besides, I am an avid blogger and author. I do not wish to pay for every picture I use on my Instagram posts. So I simply take them. Maybe I’ll take WordPress Photography course to build/grow my neophytic taste for pics!

What about you? Have you got a taste for anything that you need to build to achieve your goals? Do share. We would love to hear!

Cheers!

Maps: My Muse, My Story.

My Travel. My Muse. Maps and my Story.
What’s yours?

Success Strategies

Where I’m From

Jamaica. Lazy Beaches. No Problem

Where I’ve Lived

Toronto, Canada

Florida. The Sunshine State

Washington DC. The Nation’s Capital

Furthest I’ve Traveled

Kenya, East Africa

Where I Want to Go

Venice. Dreams of  Cafes and Gondola

Paris. The City of Lights

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The Scent of Success…

the entrepreneurial climb, the treks of academic acclaim, the beauty of a loving family, the scent of a beautiful relationship, and the scent of a music divine.


Trails of success.

For those who have achieved there is always a trail. Be it in the entrepreneurial climb, the treks of academic acclaim, the beauty of a loving family, the longing of a beautiful relationship, or the scent of music divine.

Indeed Success does leave a trail. Retreat, step back, cease the moment. Moments silently tugs. Hypothetical, real or imagined…. the journey’s path inspires serene connection.

Replace your doubts with confidence. Work hard, climb, cry if you must but don’t give up. It will be worth it when you look back all divinely satisfied.

Cheers!

The Reason Behind The Write…

The reason behind the write.

It’s all about you.

Your Success. Personal Development. Growth. Inspire. Encourage.

Select one. Connect. Take the leap

Cheers!

Ditch It. Switch It. 8 Steps To Relaunch It…

Ditch it. Switch it. Relaunch it. Ditch? Switch What? Your career! That’s what.

A recent article shared Goalcast 8 steps to a successful career change. I reflected on which were more important, but coming from a place of experience in HR Leadership. I must agree that all is important. No step can be omitted if you want to do what you love.

Need a job to survive? Get one. You’ve gotta survive but once that’s done, don’t take your mind off where you want to go. Don’t settle. Each step is a journey to success. Here I share the 8 points with my own twists to get you moving.

1.Reflect on Why You Want to Change Your Job

Been doing the same thing for many years. Want a change. Got married. Started a family and you want to be available for the initial growth of your kids. Empty-nester who wants to go on a different path. To try a new thing. To go on a different direction. Or you need personal growth.

Whatever the situation, reflect on why you want to change.

2.Think about what you would like to do instead

What do you really like to do? What brings you the most satisfaction? What drives you to jump out of bed in the mornings? When do you feel like you’re working hard but not feeling it? Not realizing that time is passing by? Think about it. Then do that.

3.Think How you Can Achieve It

What can you Do to achieve it? Think about it. Is there a gap in the skills that you have and the skills that you’ll need to get into the new career that you want? If you don’t know go to the next step.

4.Research

Go do your research.

If it’s a new career then find out what you need to be successful. Do you have the skills? Certifications?

Don’t know what you want to do? Search. Do assessments to get to know you.

5.Investigate the Job Market

Are there jobs available for your desired career? Are you relocating …or do you need to consider relocating? How much does the job pay? Will it meet your desired standard of living? Investigate things like that.

6.NarrowDown your Options

Gather the data you researched about your career. Reflect on it. Analyze it. Picture yourself doing it, then make your decision. Select a path.

7.Create a plan

When will you be able to make the switch? Do you have enough money to make the change. If not plan it.

8.Create a Resume

Now it’s to time to create your resume to suit the job you want. Need help there are lot of resource out their from career counselors, google, resume writers to templates online.

Consider your skills. Pull together those skills relevant to the job you want. Tailor your resume to match the job You want.

Need help to make the leap? Let’s Connect or do it yourself through gleaning through my new book Ditch It. Switch It.

Cheers!

Writers: 50 Productivity Hacks For Entrepreneurs That You Can Use…

Paper, electronic or a combination of both? No matter your preference, you’re sure to find John Ramton’s 50 Productivity Hack’s For Entrepreneurs a great source of inspiration. Of his 50, here are my top 13 favs:

Top 13 Time Hacks

  1. Plan your day around your energy levels
  2. Optimize notification
  3. Schedule the time you actually need
  4. Plan themed days
  5. Pump up the jams
  6. The 2-minutes rule
  7. Don’t break the chain
  8. Just time learning
  9. Plan for interruptions
  10. Every Friday, review your calendar for the past week and the week coming
  11. Pencil in time to do nothing
  12. Unsubscribe and unfollow
  13. Give yourself a break

Which of the 50 did you like the most? Do share. We would love to hear.

Cheers!

Goals: Sometimes You Will Just Have To Show Up Without An Invitation….

Sometimes you will just have to show up without an invitation where doors were never opened for you. Just Go. Don’t let anyone deny you the Opportunity. ~Henry Fernandez

Encouraged by this. Hope you are too.

As the sun rises daily without an invitation, we should rise in pursuit of our Goals. Let no one stop you. Go. Reach for the opportunity and if it doesn’t exist, create one. For only you can accomplish what you will.

Cheers!

Resignation. Knowing When It’s Time…

The Royal couple’s resignation and their desire to make a huge change, has turned the world upside down. So many questions. What will happen next?

Knowing when it’s time.

It’s no secret that resignation from anything is hard. Be it resignations from public office, volunteer roles, relationships (yikes) or other.

A few years ago I wrote about the process of resignation. It’s a serious thing and one that has been thrown into the spotlight again with that Royal Resignation.

The Way To Turn It In

But is there a right way to resign? Having managed the Human Resource role for over 25 years, I have seen many. Besides the common letter, I have seen post-it notes from recent grads to their supervisor, text messages, and a call to say “I’m out”.

Reflecting on the Royal couple’s resignation or their desire to make a huge change, its as though the world has been turned upside down. So many questions. What will happen next? How will they function? Where will they live? How will they perform their various roles? So many questions.

But there are correct ways to resign. Most companies have formal procedures to be followed including putting the resignation in writing (not on post it …smile). Companies often advise employees of the pertinent notice to be given to the employer if and when they intend to leave. This varies from company to company and may be anywhere from a day’s notice for new hires still on probation, two weeks or a month depending on state laws. Again this all depends on the capacity that the incumbent holds.

A Sigh Of Relief?

When it’s finally done employers may decide to have the employee leave the company immediately or stay until they hire a replacement for training and handover should they do desire. It might very well be a time to shake things up a bit, negating handover to replacement.

Reports are that the royal couple announced their resignation on social media…more specifically, Instagram. This has alarmed the Queen as well as members of the royal family.

The Divide

There’s now a divide about whether it should have been done and how. Oprah’s name has been called and she has denied providing advice or her opinion on this very royal matter.

I’ll only conclude with encouraging you to do it the ‘proper’ way. That means, give the required notice to the powers that be. But then again Millennials consider the decision to be the couple’s because of the bureaucracy involved, while older generations support to follow the traditional route.

It’s your decision. But whatever route you take, be prepared for the next steps as the receivers of the resignation respond.

Good luck to you as you make your own changes this year. If you need help, don’t hesitate to ask me how either through my newest book Your Career: Ditch It or Switch It or simply contacting me here.

Cheers!