|Fulfillment@Work: DON'T QUIT YOUR PAY JOB!
July 29, 2001
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Published by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching
1. Feature Article: Don't Quit Your PAY Job!
2. Quotes of the Week
3. Love Work Tip: Promote Yourself
4. Dream Job Tip: Test Drive Your Dream Job
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Don't Quit Your PAY Job!
Don't cut off your nose to spite your face. Don't burn your bridges. Don't count your chickens before their hatched. Don't go off half cocked or don't jump the gun. In today's unpredictable economy where it is all too tempting to hop from job to another, all these tired cliches are different ways of saying: Don't Quit Your Pay Job!!!
Let's get one thing straight, there's nothing wrong with pursuing your dream job on one hand and having a supplemental job that employs the skills you already have to pay the bills on the other. The trick is not hating the job that brings home the bacon, but finding fulfillment in it by realizing that the income it provides is the means to the end for securing your dream job.
Which brings us to the following integral reasons for establishing a long-term plan for success:
* Don't try to build your dream career without a plan. If you told a contractor that you wanted to build a house, the first thing they would ask for would be for the blueprint. Lumber and concrete are no good unless you have a plan to put them together. The same goes for your ambition and innate abilities without any sense of direction.
* A plan provides a clear picture of where you are and where you are going. In a little league baseball game, a boy got a hit, ran to first base, on to second, then hesitated and yelled to his coach, "Where is third base?" During this brief moment of confusion the shortstop tagged him out. When searching for your dream job, you must have a carefully thought out plan covering all your bases and, in most cases, a supplementary income to take you all the way to "home plate" or you will you get lost along the way.
* A plan keeps you moving in the right direction. Suppose you were on a nonstop flight to the Orient and heard this announcement: "Ladies and gentleman, this is your Captain speaking. We're traveling west across the Pacific Ocean. In a few hours, you will be able to look down and see land. When that happens, we're going to start looking for a big city with an airport. If we find one before our fuel runs out we'll land. Then we'll figure out where we are and decide where we want to go next. In the meantime folks, just sit back, relax and enjoy your tip? If you find this scenario tremendously unnerving how can you even imagine "taking off" in search of your dream career without first conducting a "flight check" by planning ahead?
* We can lose it all by prematurely deviating from the plans that have got us where we are so far. In the first century B.C., the gladiator Spartacus led a rebellion in the city of Capua to gain freedom for himself and other slaves under the dominion of the Roman Empire. At first his rag-tag army was invincible whenever Spartacus guided them into battle. His plan was to fight their way northward into the Alps and then escape back into their individual homelands. The plan would have worked, but the slaves overconfident from past successes, refused to continue their retreat homeward and insisted that Spartacus stand and fight against the entire Roman Empire. As result most of the rebel army, including Spartacus was destroyed and the few remaining survivors were returned to captivity.
As you can see when the stakes are high (i.e. your income, health insurance, standard of living, food supply, rent or mortgage payment, etc.) there is absolutely no substitute for advanced planning. As minister Robert Schuller once said, "Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation."
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Quotes of the week
"It takes a little courage, and a little self-control. And some grim determination, If you want to reach the goal. It takes a deal of striving, and a firm and stern-set chin. No matter what the battle, If you really want to win. There's no easy path to glory, There's no road to fame. Life, however we may view it, Is no simple parlor game; But it's prizes call for fighting, For endurance and for grit; For a rugged disposition and don't know when to quit."
"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."
~ Zig Ziglar
"It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal."
~ Helen Keller
Love Work Tip
In the world of business maintaining a strong brand image is everything if you want to stay ahead of your competition. Of course, the key is creating a marketing or advertising plan to promote it's products or services. Did you know that in the job market it is equally important, especially during a downsizing epidemic like were experiencing now, to protect and promote your reputation within the company hierarchy.
Don't let any positive event that you're responsible for go unnoticed. You'll be more likely for promotion and will be viewed as a productive and skilled contributor if you maximize every opportunity to humbly pat yourself on the back in front of your boss. Jumpstart yourself self-promotion campaign today by listing three ways you can promote yourself this year. As always, review your strategies and schedule them into your calendar.
Dream Job Tip
Test Drive Your Dream Job
Chances are if you were about to plunk down thousands of dollars for your "dream automobile" you would not even think about the signing the check before taking a test drive. With your entire income at stake, why should your dream job be any different? The following is a few suggestions to help you try on a new "career hat" before you invest the next several decades of your life on it:
* Volunteer for an unpaid or low-paying internship
* Get a temp job that relates closely to your dream job
* Most importantly, find a mentor!!!
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