Recruiting Your Perfect Mentor

If I’ve learned anything about success in my relatively short time on Earth, it’s that in order to have any chance to obtain it, it’s really important to surround yourself with people that are better at what they do than you are at what you do.

Having friends and mentors that inspire you to be the best you can be will make a huge difference in your life.

Everyone can think of somebody they really look up to – someone that embodies what they’d like to accomplish themselves – but oftentimes these people hold some kind of celebrity status and feel completely out of reach.

You should know that the right celebrities, though, are actually easy to get a hold of and even very open to new relationships if you approach them genuinely. [Read more…]

Is It Time for You to Stop Dabbling and Get Serious?

If you want to start on a serious career path, don’t even think about giving up during the first year. Very little happens during the first year in terms of results. Most businesses aren’t even profitable in their first 2 years; it takes them that long just to become sustainable, even for fairly small businesses.

I often see this with people looking to build businesses on-line. So many would-be pro bloggers / online entrepreneurs / social media consultants etc give up in their first 6 months. They get bored, lose interest, or get a “better” idea for some other venture. I see them change topics or URLs and start over once or twice a year. After five years of this kind of dabbling, they’ve still barely gotten anywhere. They keep erasing what little progress they’ve made, so they never have the chance to develop anything serious and enduring.

When it comes to building any sort of business, either online or offline, this dabbling approach is a bit ridiculous. [Read more…]

How To Avoid Getting Laid Off From Your Job

Yesterday i blogged about How to Survive being laid off from work, and one of my readers asked if i had any advice to offer on ways to ensure that you are not laid off in the first place. With Major companies like Microsoft, Walmart and JP Morgan all restructuring and laying off employees this year, no one is safe, despite the upturn in economic conditions. With this in mind, here are list of strategies to avoid getting laid off from your job : [Read more…]

Top 10 Ways To Survive Being Laid Off From Work

The recent news of  job cuts at Walmart Canada, Symantec and JP Morgan is a stark reminder that these are still tough times and that it’s not unusual for a downsizing to occur in many organizations.Cost pressures, lack of profitability, competitiveness issues, and organizations restructurings happen every single day and impacts thousands of people. And while this may sound harsh, your position is not exempt from this ax.

Losing your job in a downsizing can be a traumatic experience.If the ax does drop on you, you’re likely to feel angry, discouraged and disoriented.And while these emotions are natural, it’s important that you don’t stay in that place for long.

You need to realize that losing your job is just like any loss — and like any loss , your body and your emotions need some time to adjust to this new type of change that you have just experienced.

It’s important that you take time to work through your thoughts and feeling and then get back on track quickly.

If you have already lost your job or you are about to lose it, here are the Top 10 Ways To Survive Being Laid Off From Work :  [Read more…]

What’s the Secret to Career Success?

As someone who has led HR for some of the most well known global brands, i am constantly asked by people “Whats the Secret to Career Success?

I get asked this a lot. And, I’m` always a little embarrassed by it. For the most part, I mostly get this question from people who are in their twenties. They want to know “the secret path to the top.”

Usually someone will say something like “You know I spent four years in college and then another couple in grad school to get my MBA, but somehow I must have missed the course on Fast-Tracking My Career. If you had to boil it down to one thing, what would you recommend to a young, aspiring person such as myself?”

The thing is, i am not sure that i could boil down career success to just one thing.

Life is we know it, is not usually that simple.

But if i had to really, boil it down to one thing – then it would be this lesson my father taught us when we were starting our business : Be responsive [Read more…]

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How to Network With Busy People – Part 3

July 31st, 2009 by Steve Pavlina

This is a continuation of the “How to Network With Busy People” series. The first post in the series can be found here.

Continuing on with our tips…

Avoid making threats.

An example of a threat is, “I really need a response from you, so I’m going to keep calling/emailing you every day until you respond.”

In my experience most people have the good sense not to use threats, but it does happen now and then – enough that I can call it out as a pattern.

Threats are almost always counter-productive. If you behave with such gross immaturity, you’ll simply paint yourself as a psycho, and the busy person will want nothing to do with you.

I know it can be frustrating when you don’t get the reply you’re hoping for, but don’t make matters worse by threatening someone. Your threats will quickly burn the bridge and cause the other person to regard you as a stalker. If they respond at all, it’s mainly because they want to appease you and get you off their back, not because they’re interested in having a relationship with you.

I’m well aware that there are stories about persistent people who refused to take no for an answer, like the guy who camps outside the CEO’s office until the CEO will see him. In my experience those stories are the exception, not the rule. We hear those stories because the successes that stem from this approach are so rare. What doesn’t get much attention are the thousands of other stories about people who were dismissed as nutters for making unreasonable demands of busy people.

There’s a fine line between being persistent and being downright annoying. Following up once (maybe twice) when you get a non-response is okay, but if you still can’t get in, don’t make it worse by resorting to threats or leaving daily voicemails.

Yes, in most cases the other person is getting your messages and is intentionally blowing you off. This happens all the time. In some cases they may not have gotten your message, but probably 99% of the time they got it and chose not to respond.

When you notice that you’re not getting through, take it as a sign that you need to wait for a better opportunity to build a bridge. Realize that a non-response means “not right now” as opposed to “please keep bugging me until I take your calls.” [Read more…]

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