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Video: Create a job unique to your many interests from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

February 10th, 2015 Comments off

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And sometimes, we need to take the — we need to stand and have the courage to look to those edges of things and say “Hey, that’s something that’s really cool that’s happening over here where these 2 things bump up together. Maybe I can make something of that.” We’re not stuck in the standard job rules of saying “This is Job A. This is Job B. All jobs are pre-defined. They all come with their own list of requirements.” No. You can make jobs up. You can find places where you interests interact and find a job that falls in that sliver of compatibility for you. Where not only are you interested in the job for this reason, but also for this reason. To me, the more combinations of your interests you can find in a given job, the better you will like that job, because it will engage you to your highest degree. You won’t be using just this part of your brain. You’ll be using your whole brain. It won’t be using just your fingers to type on a keyboard. It will be using the part of your mind that knows numbers and figures and accounting or art design or whatever. I think that, oftentimes, we miss those opportunities because we do get stuck in that kind of rigid thinking of this job and this job and this job.


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Video: Cool things happen at the fringes from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

February 3rd, 2015 Comments off

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Because, if you were to draw out circles for all the interests in your life — I did this in a recent column, as well. This is technology. This is new media. This is career. This is gardening. You start to see see where those circles overlap each other. Like I often talk about technology in the garden. It’s at these fringes — it’s at these friction points — where our interests bump up against one another — that cool things really happen. And we need to look for those fringes. Like rubbing a balloon on your hair, you know. Picking up that static electricity and then you stick it on the ceiling. It’s at the edges that power really comes to us. Follow CareerTips on Twitter

Video: Can you domesticate transition? from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

January 27th, 2015 Comments off

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I want you to feel when you leave that you can use transition as — first of all — something to be cultivated in your life — not something to be avoided. Don’t slam the door in the face of opportunity when it shows up. But I also want you to engage in it and do as I try to do. I’m not perfect at this either in any way, shape or form, but try to use transition and change as a way to improve your life and career. Don’t be afraid of it. it can be scary sometimes, yes, and that’s humans — we do get fearful sometimes — but I think if we co-opt transition and instead of thinking of it as the sabertooth cat coming in the cave door, think of it as the kitten sitting next to us that we are petting. Maybe that’s a better metaphor for it. It is something that is part of our lives, that needs to be part of our lives, and something we can cultivate and perhaps even domesticate a little bit and make it work for us rather than constantly fighting against it. 

Video: Transition is a force for good in our lives from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

January 20th, 2015 Comments off

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Transition is a force for good in our lives. I know it can feel really like it isn’t a lot of the times, but — if you’ve ever had the situation of feeling happy that you got fired from a job (LAUGHTER). that right there should show you that transition can be a force for good in  your life. Sometimes it is forced upon us. Sometimes it is something we have engage in ourselves, but either way, I think we really need to look at it that way. Because we can get stuck sometimes. We can allow ourselves to get stuck — and that’s the best word I think I can come up with. It’s applying those rules — those physics rules — of inertia, Bodies at rest will remain at rest. People with a job will remain in that job no matter how crappy that job may be — because, it’s a job, but if you can just nudge the snowball — that’s what I call it — if you can just push the snowball downhill just a little bit — one small action, one small change, one phone call, one email, one thing you read whatever — if you can just get the snowball rolling, it starts to gather its own momentum and gets bigger and bigger and bigger and can lead to a variety of things and, as you sometimes see with a large snowball rolling downhill, sometimes it will split into parts as it’s headed down the hill. That’s cool. Now you have all these other options that you can investigate, as well, and see where those snowballs lead you down the hill.  

Video: Should stability be our end goal from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

January 13th, 2015 Comments off

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I think we need to leave behind — a little bit — the concept of stability as this end goal. Stability is always nice, again, to have those good foundations to put your feet on and stand on to do other great things, but so many of us have adopted stability as the end goal. We see something out there that’s our end goal in life, is that. I’m not sure that serves us really well. It can certainly can help us be less fearful sometimes about what’s going on in our life, but I’m not real sure that’s the right goal in our mind. I think maybe we need more than one goal — Maybe — I described it as a star field on Saturday. You need to have a series of goals out there — a series of points that you are all kind of headed towards — that you can work on a little bit on this one, a little bit of this and a little bit on that one, but not one dot out there. I don’t think that serves us very well.

Video: Change is where everything cool happens from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

January 6th, 2015 Comments off

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So, I hope you can see — as I’ve seen — kind of come to the — I hesitated to call it a realization — it’s almost a re-realization. It’s almost a rediscovery, a renaissance of thought about stability and transition. But I have to had to kind of smack myself upside the head a few times over the last couple of years and say, “What are doing? You’re not thinking about this in the right way.” You’re not understanding this is — we think this is normal, but this is what’s really normal. We think that stability is everything, but actually change is where everything cool happens in your life. So, what balance, what overlap, can you get between those two spheres of influence in your life.

Video: Weathering the Transition Storm from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

December 30th, 2014 Comments off

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Don’t constantly be on the lookout for stability — once you’ve got that base level. You want to stay “in training” — that’s the term I used here — keep “in training.” You want to go to the gym — got to the transition gym — every so often and make sure that you haven’t lost the ability to lift that transitional weight you need to lift.

You want to be able to better weather the storms and I know we don’t sail a lot these days, but sailing metaphors sometimes are some of the best metaphors for our lives. Because we want to roll with waves. We don’t want to be capsized. We don’t want to be swamped. We don’t want to be driven under by the changes in our lives. We want to just, sit like a little cork on top of the water and roll with the changes. Sometimes there are going to he violent changes and sometimes they’ll be smaller, but we want to be on top of the waves not underneath them somewhere. And the way we do that is by constantly engaging in that change.

Video: It’s Ok to engage with change from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

December 23rd, 2014 Comments off

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So, again, another reason to be out there engaging with transition — engaging with change — on a constant basis and I don’t want you to be afraid of it, because you’re not deciding the end goal of your life with every single decision. You’re just looking into it. It’s like walking down the shelves of a library and seeing a book that interests you and pulling it off the shelf and reading it. There’s no huge commitment in that. There’s no huge commitment to flipping through the first few pages of the book. It doesn’t mean that’s the only book you’re going to read for the rest of your life. So, why would you think that change that comes into your life has the same effect. You’re not committing to that change forever. You’re just looking at it and investigating it and say “Hey, is this a good change? Could this change lead to something bigger? Could it make my life a little happier a little better, whatever?” Hey, it’s worth checking out.

Video: Don’t forget how to change from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

December 16th, 2014 Comments off

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Another scary part about this, of course, too, is stability, as we all know, is fragile. It’s not always there. It can change overnight. If you aren’t constantly exercising your transition muscles — if you will — if you aren’t constantly out there looking for change and engaging in change and looking at opportunities and being aware o them and making “carefully considered decisions”, when you’re presented with something like that, where stability suddenly goes out the window in a large way, we often don’t know how to react. We’ve lost the ability…we don’t just not want to be uncomfortable. We’ve forgot how to be uncomfortable…and we freak out. (AGITATED) “I can’t deal with it. Too much. I can’t deal with it!” it overwhelms us, because we haven’t had to go through that much change in such a long period of time. We’ve forgotten how to change.  

Video: Accept Opportunities Into Your Life from “Transition as the New Normal” with Douglas E. Welch

December 10th, 2014 Comments off

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I had someone call me the other day and they said, “Someone came to me with this opportunity and I don’t know if I should even talk to them.” Why wouldn’t you talk to them? (Agitated) “Well then I – it’s too much and my boss…” I’m not saying you have to take the opportunity. All I am saying is you need to talk to them. And once we got to that standpoint in their mind — I’m not deciding anything. I’m not leaping off the boat. I’m just talking to people. We should all be doing that. If an opportunity walks in that door — talk to it. Don’t slam the door in its face and I see people do that all the time. Opportunity shows up and, of course, again, just like transition, what;s our first response to opportunity? (Screaming) Ahhhhhhhhhh. It’s scary. It’s frightening. I want to run in the other direction, because it’s too good. It’s too interesting. It’s too much possibility there for us to deal with. Don’t do it. You’re turning away opportunities at the door. not every opportunity is going to result in something. Not every opportunity is even going to be something you want to take advantage of. Talk to it. See what its about. . 

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