It took John 366 days to find his next career after he was laid off. Every day, for the next year and a day, he will share a reinvention tip.
Tip 1: Know who you are.Until you have a good idea of who you are, it’s a waste of time attempting reinvention. McDonald’s had to invent the Big Mac before they could sell it and market it. The same goes for you.
He began his first career before his voice had changed, his dream job beginning at age 14.
A lifetime later, he was laid off.
It took 18 seconds.
Then it got worse.
Destination: Reinvention is the story of starting from scratch and searching for a new career path, one that looks nothing like the one left behind. The book takes you on a journey of 366 days, wondering and wandering from the Northern California coast to the corn fields of Iowa. You’ll visit, among other places, a beer warehouse, San Francisco hilltops and ocean vistas. Add a heart-wrenching relationship and it adds up to a story about the brutal but ultimately satisfying attempt to make it back – to good.
Some guy named George Herbert was one of the first to write those words – in the 1600s! Isn’t it interesting in 2013 most of us still have not learned this valuable lesson.
You cannot change your boss, your spouse, your family, or a co-worker. You can only change how you feel about them.
We plot to expose a lazy colleague. We toss and turn at night worrying about how to get back at that bully boss. We look at our lovers and spouses and consider how much more we’d love them – if only they were a different person.
I learned the hard way the consequences of revenge by actions instead of just letting it go.
Revenge feels good for a few minutes, but it’s like a sugar rush; it goes away and we’re back to living with the person who is us.
Bosses are people. They also need to be managed.
Co-workers may steal your thunder, but the day will come when they will be accountable for themselves and they’ll be exposed for the frauds they are.
Spouses may be crazy but if we love them nicely instead of hoping they’ll change we’ll be so much happier. They will be happier too!
Living (and working) with less fear and anger can get us out of crappy situations faster and into better situations later.
We slow ourselves more than anything and anyone else can.
Here’s to success, your success – and leaving the losers behind.
Many of my Millennial students think I’m old school when I tell them their CV/resume and LinkedIn profiles must be grammatically perfect, with zero punctuation errors and precision English.
In an era of SMS blurbs and truncated tweets, where resumes are sometimes submitted in 140 characters, they look at me with suspicion… as if I’m telling them to type a letter and put it in a mailbox to apply for a job!
I remind them (especially international students) that precision grammar and punctuation is required not to impress the old woman in HR – it’s also not to prove that one speaks fluent American English.
It’s to show that they care enough to present a profile and resume that is professional. It shows they cared enough to make it right.
If we don’t care about that misplaced apostrophe now, we won’t care about something else important later.
For reinventors of any age; spell check. Then spell check again.
You get one shot at grabbing their attention. Saying “Your a great company!” is a huge fail.
It is remarkably convenient to toss in the towel for 2013.
All you have to do is tell yourself ” I’ll start looking for opportunities in January.”
Sure, why not?
Relax. Take Christmas off. Chill until 2014…then get on the program.
While all of those people are doing that, you have chosen a different strategy. You have chosen to take care of your business right now.
Your new career, your new path, your new passion can be launched on any day of the year. Waiting is what almost all of us do. We wait and kick the can down the road. Tomorrow is the best day to conquer the world, right?
How about having your social profiles and resume/CV ready to go on Monday?