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Fulfillment@Work: GET WHAT YOU DESERVE
April 8, 2001

Welcome to the Fulfillment@Work Newsletter
Published by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching
ISSN: 1533-3906

Message from Joel

We would like to welcome the 75 new subscribers from last week! We're growing because of YOU! Passing this newsletter along is making a great difference in the lives of others!

One subscriber says the following: "I began receiving your e-mail newsletters a month or so ago, and feel as if each issue is directed personally towards me! I couldn't resist thanking you "from the heart" for the motivation and support."

We urge you to continue sharing the gift of fulfillment by passing it along to your friends, family and coworkers.



1. Feature Article: Get What You Deserve!
2. Quotes of the Week
3. Love Work Tip: Become A Possibilitarian
4. Dream Job Tip: Listening For Intuition
5. We Recommend: Free Software! Wanted Jobs 98
6. What Joel's up to: New Book

Coaching Tip
Get What You Deserve!

"WHY CAN'T I HAVE THIS?" or "DO I REALLY DESERVE THIS?" are two of the most important questions individuals searching for more fulfillment in both their professional and personal lives almost never ask. In most scenarios without proper guidance many of us would never know these perplexing riddles ever existed, let alone how to go about finding the answers. What all too often occurs is most of the status quo falls into the mental rut of believing that ultimate fulfillment on the job "REALLY DOESN'T EXIST!"

So why bother to even ask the question? Quite simply, getting "what we can't have" or "what we truly deserve" involves saying YES to what you most want from your current job or to create your dream job. Most importantly, is to remain open to imagining all the possibilities and tangible realities you've never experienced before. Which leads us to the following five guideposts on avoiding missed opportunities:

*** Opportunity is everywhere for those that stay locked in on a goal. A bright young man entered the employment office of a large corporation to apply for an advertised position. Upon arriving, the manager greeted him this way, "But young man, you're much too late. We've already received a thousand applications." Not to be denied, the opportunistic applicant replied, "Well how about hiring me to help process the applications?"

*** Never let others talk you out of exploring potential opportunities. The phrase "It can't be done" takes on a different attitude at Society Expeditions, a Seattle-based travel agency specializing in taking tourists to locales previously thought impossible to reach--destinations like the North Pole. Upon discovering this obvious void in the highly competitive marketplace, the innovative firm began selling high-adventure vacations, grossing over $30 million a year.

*** Look for new opportunities in old places. An unknown businessman transformed an average Laundromat into a lucrative local hangout by adding a beer bar-"Enjoy our suds while you wash your duds," was the marketing slogan and his novel idea rapidly became a runaway success.

*** Those destined for success often times see opportunity where others don't. Two shoe salesmen dispatched to one of the world's lesser-developed countries sent two distinctly different reports back to corporate headquarters. One message read, "I'm coming home, nobody wears shoes here. The second, "Great market, everyone's barefoot, send me everything you've got."

*** Opportunity is waiting for you, but its up to you to make it happen. Alexander Graham Bell obtained his patent for the telephone by beating another inventor to the patent office by less than ten minutes. When you begin to internalize, "Yes, I really can have this," the realization of career transforming possibilities will open up beyond your wildest imagination.

By always remaining on the lookout for potential opportunities you can achieve the ultimate level of working fulfillment where having a job is so much more than just earning a paycheck because "Yes, you truly do deserve this!"

Feature Article

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~ Joel Garfinkle
Dream Job Coaching:
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Quotes of the week

"Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study."
~ Francis Bacon

"Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

"Take the world as it is, not as it ought to be."
~ German Proverb

Love Work Tip
Become A Possibilitarian

World-renowned motivational author Norman Vincent Peale once wrote: "Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities; always see them, for they re always there." Here are four tips to help you zero in some new possibilities right now:

* Consider a goal you want to achieve.
* If you immediately find yourself thinking of all the obstacles in your path or all the reasons you cannot achieve that goal: Stop making excuses!!!
* Consider the steps necessary to achieve that goal and go for it."
* Do this for 3-5 goals in your work life so that you become more familiar with the pattern of thinking of possibilities instead of obstacles.

Dream Job Tip
Listening For Intuition

As further proof that this newsletter is making an almost instaneous difference in so many different lives, this week Dream Job Tip of the week comes from a reader who writes: "At 41 years of age, I finally began to pay attention to that small inner voice telling me, 'Debbie, you aren't happy with your life because you don't know what you want and haven't set firm goals--first of all, your job is totally wrong for you!' "It takes courage to face up to some realities of life, and even more courage to make the huge changes which are required to be a more fulfilled, happy person."

As you can see, this individual took the time necessary to create space for her intuition or inner voice to be heard, now you can too by following this three-step process:

1. Block off a brief section on your daily calendar for some quiet time with yourself.
2. Meditate, go for a walk, journal do it whatever it takes to let your intuition know that you value it and want it to become a major part of your life.
3. Learn to listen yourself and you will guidance on what to do, where to go and, most importantly, how to dare.

What's Joel Up To?
New Book

Over the last few months I have been working on a new book focusing on expressing your innate gifts and unlocking untapped potential that can be released into meaningful work. In addition, my book will clearly define what gifts are and how to accurately identify the barriers that stop us from realizing their full potential.

Speaking from personal experience, the real reason I love the work I do as a coach is because it provides me with the vehicle I need to fully utilize my gifts and the peace of mind of knowing the essence of who I am. As as a result, I can look back at my working life and see that wherever I was not satisfied or unhappy in my activities it comes down to not utilizing my gifts in that activity or environment.

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