Career Warrior Podcast #275) MOTIVATION: Keep Moving Forward
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Hey Career Warriors, need a dose of inspiration? Today, we decided to do something a bit different. As you know the Career Warrior Podcast is chock full of strategies and techniques to help you get noticed. But without a strong dose of motivation, your job search will fall flat.
We did a special episode with motivational as well strategic words of wisdom from some hall of fame podcast guests. Plug in your headphones, go for a walk and listen to this episode as you think. Do it once. Do it twice. And this is my advice. Keep moving forward.
Chris Villanueva 0:04
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All Career Warriors need a dose of inspiration. Today, we decided to do something a little bit different. As you know that career warrior podcast is chock full of strategies and techniques to help you get noticed. But without a strong dose of motivation, I believe your job search will fall flat. So today, we did a special episode with motivational as well as strategic words of wisdom, from some Hall of Fame podcast guests, plug in your headphones, go for a walk, and listen to this episode, as you think, do it once, do it twice. And this is my advice, keep moving forward.
David Fano 0:59
You know, it would be focused on the intentions, not the outcomes. And right a lot of us set goals, like an empirical goal, or I want to make this amount of money, I won’t have this job title by this date. And I see a lot of people achieve those things, and they’re still unhappy. And so focus on the intentions figure out ways to talk about like, where you intend to be from, you know, I want to be able to go on a vacation with my family, fly first class, like whatever put whatever attributes you want on it as like an experiential intention, and then work backwards from like, what are the things that your career needs to beat to do to help you deliver on that what happens with focusing on the hard goals, and then you focus on the tactic, you stay in, like the solution space, not the problem space. And so it’s like, look, I could lower my cost of living, I could make more money, I could side hustle, I could do different things, it gives you control of how to approach it with multiple solutions. So that’s kind of what I told me was like, don’t get too hung up on the title, don’t get too hung up on the amount of money, focus on the intention, they’re going to be part of the equation, but don’t make it the primary.
Tiziana Casciaro 2:09
Here’s what I would like to suggest, of course, there is the process of understanding other people and paying attention and really listening to what they have to say read, observing what they do, so that you understand their needs at any point in time. But I would like to mostly reassure you that you have value, that is very important for you to go out there and sending the application and go into that interview with the sense that you have something to contribute, you’re very dependent, and you’ll feel very trapped. And when you feel that way you don’t perform as well, in an interview, you don’t convey what you can provide. So here’s an exercise that I would like to suggest to your listeners think about a couple of values that are very important to you. And they don’t have to be necessarily work related. In fact, the more personal they are, the better, it could be that for you. Generosity is very important. It could be the for you, integrity, and honesty are very important, whatever it may be, okay, and once you’ve selected a couple of values that matter to you, so in my case will be friendship, very important. Take a piece of paper, write down the one or two values that animate you that for you are indispensable, and you don’t want anybody to mess with them, because they are core to who you are. And then write down one or two things that you do to live up to those values. So for me, when it comes to friendship, it could be that I can tell you that I went and I took a trip to go see a person who’s ill. And I want to be there for them in that moment. And that’s one thing that I’ve done, to live up to my value, those simple moments, when you remind yourself all the things that make you a good person that make you a an authentic person, that you mean it, that you really cultivate something, change your sense of your value. I’ll give an example of the impact they have on your life. This particular minute kind of intervention was deployed at INSEAD, which is a business school in France outside of Paris, right, and INSEAD and had this issue of a gender grade gap such that female students traditionally had done poorly compared to male students in the MBA program. And the school really wanted to address this problem. They tried a bunch of things that are not particularly effective until they did what I just described to you or something you can do for yourself. They put through all the students this particular exercise twice in the course of the year long program, and that alone erased the great gap to men in this program. Why is that? Because the women were felt like they didn’t belong there. They didn’t have the skills. They didn’t have the capabilities because they’re all this kind of other war candidates, the suited image of an MBA student in their mind, they were reminded that they do have deep values that they live them every day that they are, in fact, strong and good and have something of value to offer. And I think that that kind of reminding yourself that you have things to contribute is essential to entering any of these dynamics, because they are power dynamics and power, you’re not gonna get it until you have something to offer, you’re not gonna feel that you have it until you have something to offer. So that’s why an exercise of this sort can be so conducive to you as you enter an interview or decide to go for that job, it will try your best.
Chris Villanueva 5:45
So you’re not alone. And give yourself permission to be bold, and to be brave and to move forward and whatever change you want to make in your life. So a key point I want to make to drive this episode home, is get clear and go forth with confidence, you are in good company, just because you’re making a change right now does not mean something is wrong. In fact, it means something is right. So go for it, be confident, make that change, and read some of the bios of these famous people of history that have made a career pivot. And I think you’ll find the same sort of inspiration to help you move forward with whatever change you want to make. If you don’t know what change you want to make. If you’re still getting that clarity. I recommend taking some time for yourself in silence, to decide and even write down what you love doing. Even talk to someone talk to you a career coach, a therapist, someone who can help point you in the right direction, and help you realize where you need to be.
Nii Ato 6:51
You are unique and you are enough. And the reason I have that is I want people to really recognize and lean into their own unique story and pathway because no one can tell us so that you can tell. So at the top of the show, you read my bio out, right I was born in London, I was raised in New York City I finished high school in Ghana spent a year abroad in France. And I’ve had this you know one and career path that has led me to the accents entrepreneur to open this business, and then become a career coach. And so everything that I’ve been through the sum of all these parts make me who I am today allows me to show up how I show up to serve my clients and to do what it is that I do. If we change any one of those factors. I don’t know if I be here talking to you right now. And so while there’s been ups and downs and challenging times, I’m learning to really embrace and lean into that story, because it’s mine. And I just really want to encourage people to lean into and embrace their story. And because the labs are run in your own lane that no one else can run. And that’s how you succeed in the job search, you’re one of one and no one can do what you do how you do it. That second part is the most important, you know, similar skill sets, so on and so forth, let relatively equal qualifications, but how you do it is going to have a different flavor looking field and somebody else. And then the human are enough piece, I never want anyone to start from a deficit mindset. Your internal dialogue is so important when it comes to job search. So try and capture and challenge those negative thoughts. Believe that you have the capability, the accomplishments and the value add to support any work environment and enter into. And that will give you the confidence, you need to really step in boldly and embody those things, and how show up each and every day in your job search and your job, and all that. So you are unique, and you’re enough.
Ivan Estrada 8:41
Being happy 100% of the time, no matter how much I’m passionate about what I do. It’s impossible, because if you do, like call me because you need to be studied because you’re probably an alien, because I’ve never heard of anyone who’s at 100%. So if 80% of the time, you can love and be fulfilled and passionate about what you’re doing, and still have those 20% of you like, Oh, this is not a part that I enjoy. I think you’re living a pretty good life.
Jennifer McClure 9:13
You can always do something different. That’s the phrase, we’ll stop there. I don’t need a book on my body. Okay, yeah, let’s be clear that you don’t you probably shouldn’t and won’t be doing the same thing in your career forever. And when it becomes not inspiring, not challenging our you see other opportunities elsewhere that you’re gonna pursue, especially in today’s environment, go pursue that, but do the work to get there. Don’t just make the leap and then realize that’s not what you want to do. Do what we’ve talked about in this podcast, talk to people who are doing that job. Make sure that you get a good resume writer and I’m not just saying this because of the resume writing company that does this podcast. I gave my son for his college graduation a resume, LinkedIn profile. package Now could I have written it for him? Maybe. But I also know the value of a good professionally written resume to draw out what works in today’s environment. So never, ever be settling for what you’re doing in your work. There’s opportunities to grow and change in your career. I mean, I’m in my late 50s, I own two companies. But I never say that this is what I’ll do for the rest of my life, because I’ve done four or five different things in my career, and who knows what I’ll get interested in next. I love what I’m doing, though today, I’m not looking to make any changes. But going back into corporate America might be a challenge, because I do like working in pajamas. Yeah, Malcolm, you’re that Malcolm, I’m doing just fine in my pajamas. But I am always open to I want to make sure I’m I spend so much time and energy on work that I’m doing something that is fulfilling and meaningful, not only for me, but one of my personal values is that I want to make an impact in the world. So if you’re today sitting in a job that you’re like, I hate it. I mean, I’ve been there, even in HR, which was a job I love for almost 20 years, the day that someone walked into my office, which was at the end of the hall, and I was the vice president of HR, they walked into my office with the, you know, an employee relations complaint, you know, somebody looked at me wrong, they smell funny, they scratched my car, all the fun things that HR gets to do, you know, I remember just looking at that person and not listening to really what they were saying, because I was so annoyed that they had walked past four directors of HR to get to me that I shouldn’t be having to do these things. And that sounds awful. And it probably was, but it was also a very good signal to me that I was burnt out. Employee Relations had been one of my strong suits. It was something I enjoyed something I was good at. But when I realized that it was something that I didn’t like, I was angry about, I started saying, okay, when we sell the company, I don’t think I want to look for other HR jobs. I think I want to start my own company. Thankfully, I was smart enough to hire a coach to help me with that, which then redirected me again into executive search first, but I think it’s important to pay attention. If you’re not happy. Don’t settle. There’s opportunities out there. You can create them. Maybe that’s a better tattoo. If you’re not happy. Don’t settle. Create your own opportunity.
Chris Villanueva 12:22
All right, everybody that just about wraps it up for today. I get chills every single time I listen back to these words of wisdom from our podcast guests. I’m going to include the episodes that were sliced and put into this one meg episode. And I’m also going to just give a shout out to some of the composers we included within this this podcast episode Dylan Hunger, Benjamin Cornelius and SOUND GRENADE. Thank you so much for your music. We’ll also make sure to include your profiles as well. So please, please subscribe and leave a review if you found this to be helpful. I love hearing from fellow warriors. And you’re always welcome to send me a request a connection request on LinkedIn. I’m Chris Villanueva CPRW. I also wanted to end this episode by shouting out a customer and a writer for Let’s Eat, Grandma. I saw this come through in our company Slack channel, it just made my day. This person says, “The experience was incredible. My resume writer actually made sure that my story was told the information I provided in the phone call allowed Ashley to achieve that. I am going through a career change and my resume clearly shows how my strength helped my future career. The cover letter LinkedIn and resume have the same consistent message. I’m proud of my documents and will work with Let’s Eat, Grandma the future.” This is the company I have built with my brother. And this is the company I’m so darn proud of today. And shout out to Ashley, who has been a part of our resume company for a long time for years. I’m proud of you and the amazing work that you’ve done for our company. So if you need the help, go ahead and check out Let’s Eat, Grandma by heading over to letseatgrandma.com/podcast. And of course make sure to again connection request me on LinkedIn because I love hearing from my fellow warriors. This wraps it up for today. Can’t wait to see you next time. And before you go remember if you’re not seeing the results you want in your job search our highly trained team of professional resume writers here at Let’s Eat, Grandma can help. Head on over to letseatgrandma.com/podcast to get a free resume critique and $70 off any one of our resume writing packages. We talk all the time on the show about the importance of being targeted in your job search in with our unique writing process and focus on individual attention. You’ll get a resume cover letter and LinkedIn profile that are highly customized and tailored to your goals to help you get hired faster. Again, head on over to letseatgrandma.com/podcast thanks I’ll see you next time
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