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Video: Evaluating Opportunities from Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

November 27th, 2014 No comments

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Te next thing about the Compass that really is effective is it allows you to evaluate opportunities that present themselves. If you see an opportunity that is sitting up here in this quadrant, you’re likfe Yeaaaaaa. Score! ANd you pursue that with your heart because that is taking you exactly where you want to go. See something going this way? Still good. Still cool. Cool stuff you like doing. I can do that. Stuff I’m doing now. Ok, maybe I can parlay that into a bigger role, a higher salary, a better title. Whatever. Because I have been doing that already. I’m experienced in that. So, when you’re — when you bump into the guys at Starbucks, and he says, “Well, I need this IT guy to come in and do this networking stuff for me” and you can say “Yeah I can do that.” That’s in my realm of my career that I want to head into. 

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Video: An excess of stability? from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

November 26th, 2014 No comments

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A perverse nature of stability, too, is that sometimes we can have too much stability. If you’ve ever heard someone say, “I’m bored. Life is boring. It’s all I do. I have my house.” and they have a lovely house and a lovely car and lovely children and their life is boring. And I think in a lot of cases, they are suffering form an excess of stability. They don’t have enough change, enough transition, in their lives. We strive so hard and so long for that stability that sometimes we actually end up getting trapped by it. Because we get there, it’s like (deep sigh) “Aaaaahhh. Now I never have to think about it again.” Well, you do that for about 2 months and then you start to go mad, because life becomes boring. Without change, life is boring. Without transition, life is boring. 

Video: Don’t go the wrong way from Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

November 21st, 2014 No comments

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If you’re working in these two quadrants — if you’re down here — you are actively sabotaging your life. You might as well go out and shoot yourself in the foot because that is exactly what you are doing every single day. You’re trying to get to America. You’re Columbus trying to get to America and you’re going the wrong way. He’s going to end up in Africa because he turned around and suddenly decided to go East for some reason. It is that ludicrous. Don’t do it if at all possible. 

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Video: Constantly look for the new, the different from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

November 19th, 2014 No comments

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We want to constantly be looking outwards for the new, the different, the change and the transitions in our lives and embrace them. That’s where opportunity in your life and career comes from — from these new, different, changeable things — that person who walks into your life and has a great idea but doesn’t know how to go forward with it and that’s what you can provide them. The new job that suddenly appears out of nowhere. The new book you’ve read. Whatever. We need to constantly be looking for those interesting things in our lives because that’s where great things are going t happen.

Video: Keep Heading North from Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

November 13th, 2014 Comments off

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For me, this is the most important quadrant of the whole compass, because if you are headed in your career here or here, you’re doing great. You’re heading — you’re either doing stuff that you like to do or heading towards stuff you would like to do. You’re understanding that you’re looking for opportunities. If you take a job that is filled with stuff you hate doing or you’re looking at a job you really don’t ever want to do that, you can imagine that is not where you want to be. And yet, I see people there all the time. I talk to people who who are utterly desperate about their work. It is making them sick. i have been in a situation whereI have been made physically ill by my work situation. It’s not fun and it need not happen. Partially, it’s because people have not thought about what they want. Intuitively, they know, but everyday — it’s like the boat wants to go this way and everyday they are turning it to got the other way. You can’t do that. If there is anything else I can reinforce with you today, you deserve better than that and you need to listen to what you want. 

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Video: Our reaction to transition from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

November 12th, 2014 Comments off

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Don’t just accept everything as kind of a fait accompli which means something that has just happened and you have to deal with it. Yes, there are points in our life every so often — I don’t think they are usual — when things are kind of presented to us and we simply have to deal with it, but as everyone in the self-help genre is fond of saying, it’s not what happens that is important. It is our reactions to it. And I am a perfect example of that. I have trouble with my reactions to change sometimes. Which is why I have thought about this so much. I tend to overreact to things. That’s just the way I’m made up. I can do things that try to alleviate it. I can work around it. Self-knowledge helps. Even if you can’t control it entirely. At least you know, Ok, this is why I’m feeling this way. I need to like go off in a corner and have a cup of coffee and just chill for a while an get my footing back, but it’s very important to understand who you are and how you reat to things and try to tune those reactions to better serve you. Sometimes we spend all of our time trying to better serve the externals. Everybody out there. Everything out there and we don’t think about ourselves that much. And that is where transition can really throw us off. We’re not thinking about how am I going to deal with this transition. We’re thinking about what are they going to think about this transition. 

Video: No one can care as much as you from “It’s Your Career, After All” with Douglas E. Welch

November 10th, 2014 Comments off

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No one can care about your career as much as you can. no carer counsellor can care about your career as much as you can. No boss can care about your career. Certainly a company can’t care about your career as much as you do. It’s not their career. It’s not about them. Your career is about you. It’s just a simple fact of human nature that you’re the one that can care about it the most — or should. We can all be altruistic. We can all do good works for people. We can go out and we can volunteer and help our families and take care of our parents — our elderly parents — or whatever is required. We can do those altruistic things, but at our very heart we have to take care of ourselves. I always like to say that we can’t help others until we’re at a position of being stable and in a good position ourselves. if we try to do that we end up further diminishing ourselves. If we’re constantly putting out work as a caregiver and not servicing our own needs at all, we will burn out. Who was talking about burnout the other day — before we started? You will burn out. You simply use up your energy in trying to do that, because you’re never refilling the well. You’re never refilling that tank. 

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Video: Never not looking for the next job from Career Compass: Finding Your Career North

November 7th, 2014 Comments off

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Oftentimes what happens to people is we get a job and we simply stop looking for the next job. We’re like “Whew. Ok,” but then we come home every night and we’re just ticked off, because it isn’t a good fit for us. I counsel you that you’re never really not looking for a job. For 2 big reasons. 1. You may need a job, if the job you are currently working in disappears — which we’ve all experienced. 2. Opportunities will present themselves and too often, if we’re in a job, we simply ignore them. The opportunity comes to the door – -“Hey, I got this great idea.” And you’re like, “Nah, I got a job,” and the opportunity goes by and goes to somebody else. if you are thinking about your career, your are attuned and are watching for those opportunities that come out of nowhere. They comes out of a chance meeting at a Starbucks or at a CareerCamp or online somewhere on Facebook. You never know when they’re going to occur, so you have to be ready to take advantage of them. So know, down here, what you truly do not like and will never want to do in your life. I don’t want to be a deep sea fisherman. I get seasick. It’s too much work. I really, Deadliest Catch, I watch it, but that’s it. I’m not going to do that. Knowing this about yourself is very, very important. As much as knowing what you do like. 

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Video: Are you feeling trapped? from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

November 5th, 2014 Comments off

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And as I often say, “If you feel trapped — you are.” There is no way around that, because trapped is a situation that we let our own mind get into, if we feel we have no further options. It’s rare we don’t have any other options, but, the trouble is, those options just may not be that popular with those around us and that triggers, in us, fear of “Aw, I’m not going to be accepted. They won’t want to be my friend anymore. They’re not going to want to talk to me anymore. They’re not going to do this for me anymore.” Whatever. So we don’t do it. We basically give control up to that other situation, that other person. 

Video: The pain of a career that doesn’t fit from “It’s Your Career, After All” with Douglas E. Welch

November 3rd, 2014 Comments off

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You have to live with your career every day. Your boss doesn’t have to live with your career. Your wife doesn’t have to live with your carer. Your husband doesn’t have to live with your career. Your children don’t have to live with you career. You have to live with your career every single day. It better fit or you are going to drive yourself mad. As just a poor example, imagine a pair of shoes that don’t fit. Remember how agonizing that can feel if you are in a pair of shoes — or a dress, or a suit, or pair of pants, — that don’t fit. How just annoying it is. Now multiply that by about a million and you have a career that does not fit.

So the object is not to have a career that doesn’t fit, because it’ll effect everything in your life negatively. It will effect your family life, your work life, your personal life, your relationship with your children, everything. There is no way that a bad career can not effect your life. We like to think, “Oh, I just divorce that part. I go home and I turn off the job” and I say good luck to you, because I can’t do that. I carry that right here with me every single day all the time. Is it just the type of person I am? Yes, to dome degree. I tend to carry those things with me, but I’ve talked with enough people to realize that I’m not the only one. When I have an irritant in my life like that I carry it everywhere.

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