Find something that can be done better. And change it.

People love the status quo.

It’s easy.  It’s comfortable.  It’s also typically boring and often inefficient.

Challenge it.  Find a better way to get things done.  And introduce it to the world.  You’ll be valued for it.

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Expand your horizons

It’s easy to get stuck into routines.

You wake up, you brush your teeth, you button your shirt starting from the top, you drive to work, you work, you come home, you eat dinner (does it seem like you eat grilled chicken breast every night?) , and then you go to sleep.

Nothing wrong with discipline – in fact, it’s great to have it.  But there’s something wrong with a routine that makes you lose that “edge.”

Here’s how you can keep that edge:

1.  Constantly challenge yourself – What can you do better each and every day?  Have you truly pushed yourself to your limit?

2.  Be creative – How can you an “outside of the box” thinker / leader?

3.  Have fun – You’re not a robot.  Enjoy the work itself.  And if you can’t, maybe it’s time to find new work that inspires you.

4.  Aspire – If you don’t aim for your goals, well, you’re just meandering through the day.  Goals and aspirations keep you focused.  They give meaning to each and every day as well.  It gives you a sense of awareness of achievement (where you stand every day relative to your goals)

So dust off the standard routines.  Be creative.  Challenge yourself.

Expand your horizons.

 

And have fun!

 

Did you know you have a brand?

I was walking down the supermarket aisle yesterday and I was immediately hit with this thought:

There are a TON of potato chip brands out there.  You’ve got Lays, Fritos, Doritos, and of course Generic store brands that are “copy cats” at a lower cost.

Same goes with soda – Pepsi, Coke and the more generic brands like “RC cola.”

Which got me thinking – why is it that people continually pay a premium for Lays when there’s the much cheaper generic version?

EVEN when they haven’t even tried out the generic version of the potato chip that might actually taste JUST like Lays?

The answer:  It’s all about brand.

A brand is an emotional perception of product or person.  This perception can easily connote feelings of characteristics such as dependability and quality and much more.
For example, many people who have grown used to eating Lays often brand Lays as being consistently crispy, savory, and high quality.  They feel that when they buy a bag of Lays it’s more of the same goodness every single time.

It’s the same with your personal brand.  You’ve got to think of how people perceive you based on your body of work.  That could include – your resume, your stories that detail your work experience, the awards you’ve won, the extracurricular activities you participate in, your community work, your peer / boss reviews.  These all help to shape your brand to the interviewer.

So I’ve got a call to action for you:

1.  Ask 5 of your friends what they think your brand is – you’d be surprised to hear their answers

2.  Think of what you’d like your brand to be – aim high – and build it.

Build a brand and recruiters will more often than not come looking for – just like those bag of Lays.

 

And by the way, Lays did NOT pay me to write this.  Haha…

 

Are you ready to push?

“An idea without action is simply that – an idea.”

When I first began hosting interviewing and resume workshops and 1:1 mentoring sessions, I always found the most exciting part of the process was to hear about the success people would find after going through the workshops.

“I got the job!” was music to my ears.  Man that’s cool.

But the thing was – the local crowd I presented to was always around 30-70 people in the audience.  I was constrained geographically in terms of the people I could impact.

I would always ask myself: why not scale this to millions of people that need the help?

With the proliferation of social media tools like blogs, Twitter, and Facebook, I knew it was easier than ever before to make a truly scalable impact on people’s lives.  I had to take action.

So here I am today – with my first official blog post designed to help YOU land your dream job.  It’ll require you to push yourself harder than ever before and we are going to go on this journey together!

Are you ready to push?