Category Archives: Career Development

Ronda Rousey Shows The One Thing You Need To Succeed

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I published a post on LinkedIn today, explaining how Ronda Rousey shows the one thing you need to succeed. That one thing? Committing to a goal without the guarantee of success.

People with track records of great success have this trait in common. They understand there aren’t any guarantees in life. Uncertainty is unavoidable. They do their best to turn the odds in their favor, but somehow they are able to work incredibly hard, even while knowing the ultimate outcome may not materialize.

When I think back to my personal successes, this characteristic shows up. Granted, I’ve not had anywhere near Ronda Rousey-level success. But it’s interesting that this idea of commitment in the face of uncertainty is universal.

For more details, read my whole post. Thanks.

Being Competitive Is Overrated and Overdone

linkedin_competitionLast week I published a post on LinkedIn about how being competitive isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Some people describe themselves as competitive. Other people don’t. This difference in self-perception creates conflict, fear, and anxiety.

The other problem is the separation between competitive people and non-competitive people is false. Everyone is competitive. The nature of life is to compete, whether it’s against other people, other businesses, or barriers to your own development.

Growth implies competition. Growth means overcoming a barrier or limitation. Everyone wants to grow in one way or another. And that means everyone is competitive.

Let’s get over the bravado of being competitive. At best, it’s meaningless. At worst, it’s harmful. See my post for more details.

You Tell Yourself Stories. Make Sure They’re The Right Ones.

linkedin_storyA couple of weeks ago, I published a post on LinkedIn about the stories you tell yourself. Stories help us make sense of the world. We’re wired to tell stories about everything that happens in our lives.

We take great liberties. Facts are few and far between. Many possible stories exist that align with these few facts.

Knowing the possibilities, you must tell yourself the right stories, the ones that empower you and improve your relationship with other people. Don’t sabotage yourself or others. See my post for more details.

Growth Doesn’t Always Mean Getting Bigger

Red tulipsI just published a post on LinkedIn. The gist is that when we think of growth, we too often think of getting bigger. Certainly that’s the case for large, recognizable companies. Growth for them almost exclusively means increasing their size. But for smaller companies, or individual people, the most important growth comes from getting better.

If you want more details, head on over to LinkedIn to see the full post. Thanks.

Your Day Job Gives You Much More Than Money

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Courtesy Flying Pete.

While your paycheck is critical, your day job gives you something even more important: an audience. That’s what makes a job so attractive. People are literally paid to consume what you create, whether these people are other employees, customers, or competitors. Some of these people, beyond consuming what you create, will offer feedback or commentary. Some will help you chart your path forward. But you have an engaged audience from the get go, which can be difficult to create outside the confines of the “traditional” workplace.

The challenge of building an audience

The easy way to build an audience is to take a traditional day job. The nature of a job, the fact that you’re getting paid to do something, means it’s almost impossible for you not to have an audience. If you perform well in that role, and if your audience appreciates and communicates your performance, you will make progress. Even at small scales, progress is incredibly rewarding.

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