Friday, January 4, 2008

Making Your Vision a Reality

I was able to spend some time over the holidays visiting blogs that were new to me, as well as checking in with those I read on a regular basis. I found some really good stuff out there, some so-so stuff -- and some stuff that just downright scared me.

Here's some postings I found worthwhile and thought I would share with you:

There have been some really interesting responses to the Chief Happiness Officer's question: "What do you do for a living?" Some of the responses are fun and inspiring, while some reflect a real lack of enthusiasm for the job.

Rock Your Career points out that while it may be a bit morbid, writing your own obit can tell you a lot about who you are. "So, for 2008, what contribution to want to make to the world? What’s your vision? Your brand? What steps can you take this year to make your vision for the world happen?"

Alexandra Levit at Water Cooler Wisdom offers this gem: "In nearly every speech that I give to college-age audiences, I emphasize that your career is a journey, not a destination. There is simply no way to know where you want to be ten or twenty years down the line when you are eighteen or even twenty-two years old. The best thing you can do for yourself is get as well-rounded an education as possible, learning about as many subjects as you can and keeping your options open. If you have the chance to experience a new field, even for a day, grab it, and if something catches your eye, investigate it."

At the M.A.P. (Meaning, Abundance & Passion)Maker, this question was posted: "I'm fortunate that..." It's a sort of way to shift your perspective about life's (big) and little irritations. Instead of being ticked off that the Internet is down, you look at it from the viewpoint about how lucky you are to have the Internet in the first place. Maybe the same strategy can work for a job...

Do you know someone who fights everything at work and can't seem to adapt? Read this entry at Recruiting Animal regarding a friend and businessman: "But he, himself, claims that he is not well-liked by the corporate office and will not be included in any expanded opportunities for selected franchisees.

When I wonder out loud if he might be better off playing the company game, he declares that he is not that kind of guy. Okay. But, ironically, he's not really that tough. In fact, he's also a terrible whiner and complains bitterly about his mistreatment by the firm.

This suggests that his boldness is simply one aspect of someone who has a very low tolerance for stress. 'Life is tough' is one of his favourite phrases. It's true that life can be tough and his solution is to complain rather than adapt."

That's it for now. Happy Friday.



Anonymous said...

It does seem a bit morbid to structure your plans for 2008 relative to your obituary. It almost seems like bad karma - to hang your drive, your vision, even your brand on the hook of how you would want people to think of you when you died.

Also, isn't writing your own obituary kind of like writing your own resume? You can do it, but you would probably omit or under promote key items that make you interesting and worth reading about.


Anita said...

I think the whole point is to make you sort of stand outside yourself and take a hard look at where you are in your life...and where you want to go. It's also a way to see yourself as others may see you, and find out if there are things you want to change. But I do agree with that karma thing...