Archive for November 2007

You Are Self-Employed

Many years ago I listened to an audio program by Brian Tracy where he said that everyone is essentially self-employed and that even if you’re an employee, you should think of yourself as the President of your own personal services corporation. Call it Your Name, Inc. This mindset makes a lot of sense. Even if…

Career Apathy

A bad career choice can serve up some major emotional consequences. First comes discontent and dissatisfaction. Next comes frustration and overwhelm. Then comes depression and learned helplessness. And finally you get numbness and apathy. This pattern normally plays out over a period of years, although the rate of progression is different for everyone. It’s sad…

The Challenge of Choosing the Right Career

Choosing a career is a huge responsibility, both for men and women. I think this is especially true for men though, since we’re socially conditioned to value our careers very highly and to mix our egos into our work. It’s tough for many men to feel fulfilled and happy when their careers aren’t going well,…

Discover Your Strengths

In order to develop a career that really suits you, it’s important to have a basic knowledge of your key strengths. Unlike skills or knowledge you can acquire through education, your strengths are more basic talents. For the most part you were born with them. You can certainly continue to develop new talents, but in…

2 Mental Blocks to Making Money

The essence of successful income generation is value creation. If you want to earn income, you must provide something that matters enough to someone else that they’ll pay you for it. The act of providing value may be direct, such as selling a useful product or service, or it may be indirect, such as providing…

Exploring Career Choices

There are so many choices today that it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the vast array of career possibilities. Paradoxically the more choices people have, the more they paralyze themselves trying to find the right choice, and the less satisfied they are with their eventual decision. Too often people approach career decisions with a mindset…

Career and Commitment

How committed are you to having a career you absolutely love? Your level of commitment plays a key role in the process of creating a fulfilling career. When people are undercommitted to their careers, they tend to get lousy results. When they get clear about what they want and commit themselves to creating it, however…

Career Planning

There many strategies you can use to select and plan a career path, but perhaps the two most basic patterns are bottom-up and top-down. Bottom-up career planning Bottom-up career planning means figuring out how you can best take advantage of the career building blocks you already possess. It’s a low-level, objective method of planning. Perhaps…

Do You Have a Deeply Fulfilling Career?

If you’re already on a stable or semi-stable career path, this article will help you determine whether your current career is really the right one for you, using a very simple assessment process. Career fulfillment defined What does it mean to have a fulfilling career? Here’s how I would define it: A fulfilling career is…

How to Create a Fulfilling Career

How to create a fulfilling career has been one of my most requested topics lately. Career development is such a rich and complex subject, however, that I can’t do it justice with a single article. Consequently, I’ve decided to devote a new series of articles to it. Over the next several days, I’ll be writing…