But creating a great career for yourself may not be as hard as you think either.
The key is to take action on a few critical things that are totally within your control.
Those things fall into five areas and form the focus here on the Career Booster Blog:
Adopting the right mindset can massively improve your performance, your happiness, and your ability to help others around you succeed too.
Your ability to lead yourself is the foundation for achieving great things and for leading others. As the CEO of you, you need to create a compelling vision for yourself and then enact strategies to get you there, with the drive to overcome all sorts of obstacles along the way. As you become better at leading yourself, there’s no limit to how many others you can lead–or how far you can go.
Your success is dependent on help from others and it’s also dependent on your ability to help others too. Being too busy to network is not only a lame excuse–it’s career sabotage. It takes a village for you and everyone around you to achieve full potential. You have more to gain from a powerful and extensive network. You also have much to gain by constantly giving back to that network.
4. Personal Brand
Your reputation impacts everything in your career. No matter what size or type of organization you work for, it’s essential that people know what you stand for and how you operate. We are all highly interdependent. Make sure people have lots of reasons to know, like, and trust you.
If there is one skill that magnifies your capabilities in all areas, it’s communication. You need to be able to articulate your ideas clearly, connect with others meaningfully, and to influence the thoughts and actions of those around you. The more you are able to inspire, engage, and persuade, the more you can accomplish.
Of course, none of this matters if you don’t put it into practice. Which is why the #1 focus of all the resources here is taking action.
My job is to take all of these big ideas and translate them into actionable advice for YOU.
Start right now by downloading my free guide and start building the skills that will be the foundation of your future success.
Imagine Being Happier at Work
Wouldn’t it be great to be happy at work?
Maybe you would finally land that dream job. You would probably be working for a great boss. And you would almost certainly be working for a fantastic organization.
Do you think you would also love the work you are doing? And the people you get to work with? Would the work be meaningful to you?
Would you whistle your way to work? Place your head peacefully on the pillow at night? Live with less stress?
If That Could Be True (And It Can)
If that could be true, you would probably also be a pleasant person to be around. You might do better work. And that would probably lead to more opportunities.
You might be thinking about all sorts of possibilities…
Now, imagine turning those possibilities into reality.
I’m going to tell you that you absolutely can do that. Because the most important factors to your success are under your direct control.
This may surprise you. It was surprising to me.
Let me explain how this works.
What I’ve Learned Along The Way
I’ve worked in more environments than most people — 13 positions at 10 organizations (working across 12 different industries).
The truth is that the employment landscape is fraught with bad bosses, dysfunctional organizations, and miserable co-workers. Avoiding all of those variables all of the time is pretty much impossible.
As a result, I’ve spent my fair share of time being unhappy at work.
Sometimes, I was downright miserable.
Do you know that feeling when you absolutely dread going to work in the morning? Maybe not every day. But definitely on some days. Maybe especially on a Monday morning?
That sucks, right?
It’s frustrating. And it is not how I envisioned my life.
I hated the idea of “working for the weekend” and dreading the workweek. My goals in life did not include spending lots of time and energy trudging through work unhappily.
My work was supposed to be about making meaningful contributions. My work was supposed to be about helping people and organizations achieve success. My work was supposed to be enjoyable and fulfilling.
Is that really too much to ask?
Then, I thought, maybe it’s just me. Maybe everybody else is finding career satisfaction and I’m doing something drastically wrong.
We Are Not Alone
The statistics, however, are shocking. It turns out that most people are unhappy at work–a whopping 52.3% according to the Conference Board, who has run a job satisfaction survey every year since 1987. Many other surveys confirm these results.
Unacceptable. There has to be a better way!
But what could I do?
Changing jobs seemed like the way to go. That is the obvious, quick, and permanent fix, I thought.
Changing jobs is exciting. Done right, it’s usually a step in the right direction. That can certainly be an uplift to a career.
But, it turns out that things are not that simple as far as day-to-day happiness at work is concerned. Over time, things settle down and familiar patterns start to emerge. Uh oh. Here we go again…
What is the right answer, then?
Geeking Out About It (There Must Be A Better Way)
As I asked myself that question, again and again, I came up with a lot of answers. I did tons of research and sought help from many people. That led to even more questions and more answers to seek.
Before I knew it, I was on a journey. Maybe you would call it a quest. I simply had to figure this out.
I geeked out, extensively…
I read career guides. I devoured books. I went to career planning seminars. I enlisted a group of mentors. I dug into social science research. I hired a coach.
I tried lots of things. Some worked, some didn’t. Every step of the way, though, I learned something new.
Finally, I discovered the secrets to happiness and fulfillment at work.
And much to my chagrin, those secrets were available all along… I just didn’t realize it.
Going through the quest, it turns out, is an important part of the answer. But an experienced and helpful guide can save you a lot of angst and wasted time and energy along the way.
And that is how I would like to be of service to you.
You Can Achieve More (I Will Help!)
You can achieve far more than you ever thought possible. You can contribute more than you ever expected. You can reach new levels of success and fulfillment in your professional life and in your personal life.
All of this leads to happiness. Which leads to your doing better work. Which leads to more opportunities. And to greater levels of happiness and fulfillment.
Does that sound exciting to you?
My mission is to pay-it-forward by helping awesome people (just like you) to navigate the new world of work and career planning.
My job is to to help you take control of your own future in a way that you never have before. I want to help you find happiness in your work. And I want you to find it faster and more easily than I did.
If that’s something you would like, then please join me on this journey.
Because getting there does require a plan. You need to be strategic. And you need support and guidance.
Let’s get started!