New Job, New Career, New Business Advice

Job Haters Change Careers, Change Jobs

Hard Core Honesty Required In Any Job Change, Career Move, Or New Business Venture

Don’t let a job you hate consume your life.  Use it as a stepping stone.  In order to compromise you must first have something to lose.  What are you giving up to work in a job you hate?

Forget “Plan A,” it didn’t Fekn work.  Think about, “Plan B!”
One gigantic leap of faith is required to change careers and/or change jobs.  It’s takes big cojones (sorry this is not meant to be politically correct) to decide on a new business, new career or job move,  . . and not stay in a dead-end lifeline cycle of job dissatisfaction.

Personally, I was terrified to start my own business and be self sufficient 100% on my own effort.  The things that terrified me most were tied to my sense of self worth and of my ability to replace a regular and steady income with a fluctuating income that in the beginning years I knew would seasonally wane and even (gasp) disappear at times.  Was I ready for that?  Could I sustain myself?  I questioned my own sanity by repeatedly asking myself, “Who in their right mind starts a business anyway, without some sort of a safety net?!”

Well, as it turns out, the answer to all those questions turned out to be a resounding, “Yes, Yes, I can!”

An unexpected cash surplus found me in the unplanned position of having exactly one year to make my dreams a reality.  For me it worked.  It required skills learned and tenacity and an unshakable and inherent belief that I  . . . “Could do it, no matter what!”

For awhile fear paralyzed my actions and reactions to changing careers, but then again, so did my (*&*!*#-) ex-boss.  I used up about six months of that year by just deciding not to take any action at all.  Then instead of jumping in with both feet, I used the next six months and built my customer base up so that when I actually quit my job I was working two full time jobs (over 100 hours + a week), and had replaced my income completely with customers instead of a $#itty boss.

What l had accumulated, learned and practiced regularly was already in my tool belt.  It was these things which prepared me for that job/career change.  Of course having an especially nasty boss only added incentive.

Those skills you develop, or have learned – Write those down and make a list of 3:

  1. What you can do (what skills do you have that other people need and/or want):
  2. What you expect out of yourself (What are your expectations, and goals, and what are your educational, mental and physical limits,challenges and your strong points):
  3. What do you already know that will prepare you for your next big career and job move (What knowledge or skills do you have or have you gained, or will you gain, to be competitive in your field – To add incentive, put your action plan in writing):

Don’t even pretend this list is going to be easy.  It’s not.  Brutal honesty is required in completing this list effectively.  Don’t offer yourself excuses or delusions.  Be honest to risk reward.

Recommended Reading – Knowledge is Power-Educate Yourself – Yes I read ALL of these!

 1)What Color Is Your Parachute? 2017: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers
Author  Richard Bolles, who died at the age of 90, wrote the timeless and bestselling book that continues to remain one of the most essential reading material available for anyone contemplating a professional career change.  “What Color Is your Parachute?” The book, which Bolles updated almost every year, is full of list, charts, and diagrams. His 46 step guide for writing a resume.  The interviewing tips he outlines in 16 steps. His starting your own business. A – B = C Method.” His use of a flower diagram for self-knowledge. . .Much of the book is devoted to practical tips that have since become conventional wisdom for job seekers. Bolles  explores the anxiety that can discourage people unemployed.  He stresses the urgency of the mission:  “Job-hunting is about survival, and it needs to be attacked with resolve, but never without hope.”
2) Knock ’em Dead 2017: The Ultimate Job Search Guide
Not much has changed with hiring aspects. You still must present yourself well, articulate answers,  demonstrate knowledge of the job, the company, and show off your skills in a way that resonates with the person interviewing you.  What you’ll find in this exceptional helpful book is tips and advice on how to handle awkward interview questions, talk about transferrable skills, enhance your interview, and learn ways to make and leave the best impression.  What has changed is access to social media and technology. Interviewers are now relied on to siphon the internet supernova highway of mass information.  Truly a, ‘must read‘ for anyone going through a layoff, preparing themselves for a job or career change, or starting or buying a new business!  Graduating students especially benefit from this book!
3) The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It
Starting a new business is brave. Any new business is hard work and planning, but it really begins with your choice.  This excellent book is designed with a new business owner in mind.  From Sole proprietor to franchiser, you’ll find tips to help you start and grow your business.  Written in layman terms are plans that help you think about moving forward, ways to stay motivated, and simple tools and tips you can follow for the things stuck in your head – Like learning to, ‘delegate,’ (for example).  Sometimes we think we have to ‘do it all.’  We don’t.  Unhinge that outdated and ill-formed idea that holds you hostage to a non-progressive bottom line.  There is no such thing as luck in business.  It is all hard work.  
4) The Psychology of Trading: Tools and Techniques for Minding the Markets
Learn what are those ‘triggers’ are that keep you ‘stuck’ in a losing mindset – Sabotaging triggers that you CAN overcome.  Have you ever begun running excitedly to a new job only to be thrown off your course by a bump in the road . . . An unexpected flurry of activity that you didn’t expect and that throws a wrench into your best plans, causing you to change your motivation, lose focus, and make mistakes – Whether it is in a job interview or owning your own business, Brett Steenbarger, PhD., uses client sessions to compare real life solutions to insightful and helpful mindset changes that, if practiced, can enhance your success in every area of your life – Trading stocks, letting bad investments go, changing jobs, or careers, or starting a new business.

You will work 12 hour days, get 2 hours of sleep on some nights, stress yourself out over, “What If!’ and you are going to be exhausted from your effort.  And that’s just your first five years.  New business owners often give up (approximately 95% -98%) within the first 5 years.  That’s too bad – Don’t be them – They are your competition – Know and understand that and hang in there for those leaner and tougher beginning years.  Watch the quitters to see what they do wrong and fix, . . not only yours, but their  . . mistakes.  Build a better widget and hang in there.

But truthfully, know when to give up too – Or when to admit that you need to change direction.  Again, brutal honesty (not ego) is what is important in deciding this essential key to your career and job change success.  Being realistic is also one of the hardest parts in starting a new business.

Know what is essential to success and what is total B/S and a waste of time – For instance: 

Spending wasted  time on social media or playing computer games.  Spend your valuable time networking and asking questions of other people in your line of work, other business owners, potential customers, blogging good content, developing your logo and trademark or brand, joining a networking group (BNI is excellent, but there are also plenty of coffee clubs online too – these are groups of business owners and hobbyists who share your same interest and meet regularly to brainstorm, give tips and motivation, and they are usually free, except for your coffee, and they often meet right in your local neighborhood).

Be real.  You won’t like ALL your customers (and they won’t like you) unless you are endowed with superpowers.  One key is to make sure you are choosing the best customers for your business.  This is not a cherry picking adventure all about just you.  Instead of seeing customers as $$ signs, look at potential customers as a way to develop a relationship that helps promote your business.  If you (ever) get a ‘funny feeling of discomfort’ around those people – Listen to that gut feeling (instinct) and let those customers work with another business owner instead of you.  Approach every person you meet with an open mind, so that you are less prone to superficially judging  (and wrong) first impressions.

  • Understand if you can be disciplined in being your own boss.  Make and keep an established appointment with your home office to be at work every morning at 8:00 am.  Prepare the night ahead by getting lunch ready, deciding what to wear, and having your morning coffee/breakfast ready or planned.
  • Family and friends won’t take your new business venture seriously unless you are willing to say, “No,” to them when they ask for special favors during your, ‘work hours.’  Practice saying, “No,” because it will come in handy many times.
  • Change is coming in any new business.  Are you prepared to deal with setbacks, change of direction, a need to get better skills, or better information, education or knowledge to increase your chances for success(?).  Extra work is involved, but you can do it.  Make learning  a regular and lifelong habit.  Check out all the information offered free online, read books, join a chat room, attend professional seminars, . . . etc.
  • Stay present with your goals, expectations, energy and effort.  Build some exercise into your day habits – about 20 minutes every day.  Walk away for a few minutes when you need, ‘head space.’  Breathe.

Home Or Desk – Healthy and Fit Ideas Keep Minds Sharp and Focused

VARIDESK – Height-Adjustable Standing Desk – Pro Plus 36 – Black
Evidence exists that over sitting can be hazardous to your health.  The simple act of switching to a standing position throughout your day provides stretching opportunities, and relief from brain fatigue, while keeping ass glue to a minimum!   See this useful JPEG on sit/stand program recommendations by Cornell University
DeskCycle Desk Exercise Bike Pedal Exerciser, White
No time for the gym-No Problem!  For a burst of energy, 2-minute interval exercises can keep you fit and focused.  Built tough and lightweight, fits under a desk and sits stationary. An effective exercise tool that lets you bring your gym to your job office-Mine goes with me to any office or stays at home!
Fitness Republic Neoprene Dumbbell Pairs – Combo
These are perfect for the home office, but can also be used away from home.  My set stays at home, but I do bring along the 2 and sometimes the 5 pound sets with me whenever I go  to an off-site office location for more than one day.
Hand Grip Strengthener – Free Waterproof Carrying Case and Exercise Guide – 100% Life Time Guarantee
Just ordered this – After rolling racquetballs across my desk to strengthen my hand, I  find a need for something more solid to help me gain strength and flexibility in my weakest hand and to ease wrist pain discomfort.
  • Here comes the hardest part.  Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t meet all the goals you laid out for yourself in the beginning.  $# it happens.

And so, in conclusion, I can say that this journey taken so long ago, turned into my own personal success and led to exciting and unplanned adventures along the way.  I realize now and in looking back that I have stood on the shoulders of giants to get to this place I call, ‘mine.’

I ask myself this question numerous times, “Knowing what I know now, would I do it all over again?”  And without hesitation, or fear, I can honestly say, “Yes, Oh Yes, Absolutely Yes!!”

Any  regrets? – Yes, of course, I only regret and wish that I had started sooner!

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