Career Should Be A Grand Experiment

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The reason why so many people are unfulfilled with their jobs is this,
They still have this idea that career progression is a straight path.
And what happens is this,
They take on a job, and then they reach the point where they’re unhappy.
So they go out and look for opportunities, apply for jobs, usually in a similar function.
Then they take a job that looks better than their current one.
And then the cycle just repeats itself.
Now, if your goal is to make more money, it could work.
But you know, you’ll eventually get to a certain point,
A point where more money won’t mean more productivity. Or higher value.
You see, a lot people get stuck in this cycle.
They wander from one job to another.
And it’s usually because they think that career progression needs to be a straight path.
So, to get out of this cycle, it’s pretty simple.
Instead of looking at your career as a straight path, you can look at it as a field with different paths.
You could look at career progression like one big experiment.
Now what I’m saying here is, instead of aimlessly going from one job to another,
Use stepping stones to build your own career path.
You see, these stepping stones, they help you figure out the career direction you want without constantly switching jobs.
Now how do you do these?
First, you’ll need to come up with ideas.
Think about what skills you want to focus on.
Or if there’s a new industry you want to explore.
Now, here’s the thing, the sooner you test your ideas, and the sooner you see what works for you,
Then the sooner you’ll find career fulfillment.
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Alright, so there are many ways to test out your ideas.
First, you can get a side hustle.
If you wanna explore a career in design, you can take on a side projects just to get an idea.
You can even offer your services for free. Or volunteer.
This way, you’ll see if it works out for you as a career.
Alright, and then here’s another thing.
If you wanna get into a different industry, what you can do is to talk to people who work there.
If you’re considering a career in, for example, recruitment, you can talk to recruitment consultants.
You can talk to headhunters. Get their insight. Know they work.
It’s gonna help you figure out if making the switch is right for you.
Alright, so, usually if you’re changing careers,
Chances are, you’ll need new skills.
So, if you’re looking to develop a valuable skill,
Then you’re gonna have to do it every day.
If you wanna get into programming, you can learn how to code.
If it’s marketing, you can learn automation tools.
So, our main takeaway is this,
You can advance your career, you can make it fulfilling,
And you don’t need to keep switching jobs til you land the right one.
You see, the trick is to use these stepping stones, these opportunities that can help you make your own direction.

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Common Types Of Workplace Bullies

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Office bullying is perhaps more common than you think. There are many kinds of office bullies. They all have different ways of tormenting your 9 to 5 job. Displaying this kind of behavior is quite immature and very unprofessional. However, that’s the reality of many offices. In one way or another, you will come across employees who just don’t know how to handle their insecurities and act professionally. In today’s article, we will talk about the types of bullies. Let’s talk about the different kinds of bullies that you might come across in your workplace.

Gossiping bully

The first type of bully is the one who gossips to ruin your reputation. Sometimes, you may think that these people are just plain annoying and that they can’t actually ruin you. But know that these bullies are capable of taking it too far. If they really want to ruin your image in the office, they will stop at nothing to do it. There are times when they can even get you suspended or worse, they can get you fired. The thing with this type of bully or work abuse is, you’re not always aware of what they’re doing. They usually destroy you with their dirty tactics whenever you’re not around.

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Eighty Percent Of Success Is Showing Up

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“Eighty percent of success is showing up.”
― Woody Allen
“Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
― Booker T. Washington, Up From Slavery: An Autobiography

“The universe doesn’t give you what you ask for with your thoughts – it gives you what you demand with your actions.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

“Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.”
― Ben Carson, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count!”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“Keep your friends for friendship, but work with the skilled and competent”
― Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power

“The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.”
― Stephen Richards

“Spending time with God is the key to our strength and success in all areas of life. Be sure that you never try to work God into your schedule, but always work your schedule around Him.”
― Joyce Meyer
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This Is The Law Of Nature

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“Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“Don’t mistake activity with achievement.”
― John Wooden

“The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important than what you have been taught to believe, you will have shifted gears in your quest for abundance. Success comes from within, not from without.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“People who lack the clarity, courage, or determination to follow their own dreams will often find ways to discourage yours. When you change for the better, the people around you will be inspired to change also….but only after doing their best to make you stop. Live your truth and don’t EVER stop.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“May Light always surround you;
Hope kindle and rebound you.
May your Hurts turn to Healing;
Your Heart embrace Feeling.
May Wounds become Wisdom;
Every Kindness a Prism.
May Laughter infect you;
Your Passion resurrect you.
May Goodness inspire
your Deepest Desires.
Through all that you Reach For,
May your arms Never Tire.”
― D. Simone

“Successful people have no fear of failure. But unsuccessful people do. Successful people have the resilience to face up to failure—learn the lessons and adapt from it.”
― Roy T. Bennett

“Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.”
― Robert T. Kiyosaki, Rich Dad, Poor Dad

“Great Leaders Create More Leaders

Good leaders have vision and inspire others to help them turn vision into reality. Great leaders create more leaders, not followers. Great leaders have vision, share vision, and inspire others to create their own.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

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The Successful People With Their Heads In The Clouds And Their Feet On The Ground

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“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it…”
― Wilferd Peterson

 

“And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!”
― Dr. Seuss

“I’ve had great success being a total idiot. ”
― Jerry Lewis

“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.”
― Winston S. Churchill

“Failure is a bend in the road, not the end of the road. Learn from failure and keep moving forward.”
― Roy T. Bennett
“The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.”
― Stephen Richards, Cosmic Ordering: You can be successful
“Success is getting what you want..
Happiness is wanting what you get.”
― Dale Carnegie
“If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality.”
― Roopleen
“My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
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Never Was Anything Great Achieved Without Danger

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“Never was anything great achieved without danger.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli

“One of the most spiritual things you can do is embrace your humanity. Connect with those around you today. Say, “I love you”, “I’m sorry”, “I appreciate you”, “I’m proud of you”…whatever you’re feeling. Send random texts, write a cute note, embrace your truth and share it…cause a smile today for someone else…and give plenty of hugs.”
― Steve Maraboli

“People tend to be generous when sharing their nonsense, fear, and ignorance. And while they seem quite eager to feed you their negativity, please remember that sometimes the diet we need to be on is a spiritual and emotional one. Be cautious with what you feed your mind and soul. Fuel yourself with positivity and let that fuel propel you into positive action.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.”
― Joyce Brothers

“Let today be the day you stop being haunted by the ghost of yesterday. Holding a grudge & harboring anger/resentment is poison to the soul. Get even with people…but not those who have hurt us, forget them, instead get even with those who have helped us.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

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The Great EssentialsTo Achieve Anything

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“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. ”
― Bill Cosby

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”
― Francis Chan, Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”
― Abraham Lincoln

“The biggest challenge after success is shutting up about it.”
― Criss Jami

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying. To the best you can do everyday.”
― Jason Mraz

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”
― Thomas A. Edison

“Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.”
― Zig Ziglar

“Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“Don’t confuse poor decision-making with destiny. Own your mistakes. It’s ok; we all make them. Learn from them so they can empower you!”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

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Do Not Let Success Go To Your Head and Failure To Your Heart.

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“Do not let arrogance go to your head and despair to your heart; do not let compliments go to your head and criticisms to your heart; do not let success go to your head and failure to your heart.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“The biggest wall you have to climb is the one you build in your mind: Never let your mind talk you out of your dreams, trick you into giving up. Never let your mind become the greatest obstacle to success. To get your mind on the right track, the rest will follow.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“We are all failures- at least the best of us are.”
― J.M. Barrie

“Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.”
― Dalai Lama XIV

“Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today.”
― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.”
― Vince Lombardi Jr.

“I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. ”
― Oprah Winfrey

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Whatever The Mind Can Conceive and Believe, It Can Achieve

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“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
― Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice

“If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you’re going to fly.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” done something. You can only DO something. Renew yourself. Release that attachment. Today is a new day!”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

“When you show yourself to the world and display your talents, you naturally stir all kinds of resentment, envy, and other manifestations of insecurity… you cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others”
― Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power

 

“Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection. Success, popularity, and power can indeed present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection. When we have come to believe in the voices that call us worthless and unlovable, then success, popularity, and power are easily perceived as attractive solutions. The real trap, however, is self-rejection. As soon as someone accuses me or criticizes me, as soon as I am rejected, left alone, or abandoned, I find myself thinking, “Well, that proves once again that I am a nobody.” … [My dark side says,] I am no good… I deserve to be pushed aside, forgotten, rejected, and abandoned. Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the “Beloved.” Being the Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen

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The Art Of Resume Writing

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Are you creating your resume and looking for some help? Even before we guide you on this matter, it is important to, first of all, understand how important it is to have the right resume which has been tailored for the job you are applying to. When you are looking to apply for any job, spend some time reading the different details. This is crucial because it will give you an insight into the kind of resume that will work wonders for you.

Even before the selection panel has a chance of meeting you in person, they will be drawing a picture of who you are and how apt a candidate you are likely to be merely by glancing at your résumé. This is the reason a resume becomes one of the most pivotal documents for anyone who is on the lookout for a job.

The battle of the skills

Now, while the résumé has a lot of sections that you need to fill out, you should keep an eye out for the skills part. Whenever a selection panel is going through the resume, there are two parts which they critically analyze – the resume objective, and the skills. While we will focus on resume objective on another post, the agenda for our discussion here is the skills. You can also check this article https://thecareermastery.com/career-tips/skills-to-put-on-a-resume/ for more great information.

When it comes to skills listing, the selection panel filters out the résumé which only has unrelated skills. Every job profile would demand some skills because, at the end of the day, you need to be proficient in the task for which you are being hired, isn’t it? However, one of the common mistakes which most people make is the error of omission.

When you are looking to have the perfect resume, it is important offering an apt bend of hard and soft skills. Regardless of the work profile, you are opting for, you have to be sure that you are listing both the skills. This is because, at some point in time, you will be required to implement both these skills together.

Let us clear things further with the help of an example. Suppose you are applying for the post of a software tester. Now, the core skill which can help you grab the job has to be sound programming knowledge, testing efficiency, experience with alpha, beta testing and so on.

But, as a part of the testing team, you may sometimes need to talk to the clients to explain where they went wrong, the bug reports specifics and so on. Not just the clients, the feedback of the testing team is fed to the support and maintenance group. So, there is always the need for a smooth communication channel which is all about the soft skills again.

So, can you see how the most technical of job profile too necessitates a blend of hard and soft skills? Most selection panels tend to fitter out an applicant the moment they see any of this skill category missing. An ideal employee who would be perfect for the organization will always have a blend of both these skills.

So, now that you have a clear picture of this skill battle, it should be easier to craft your résumé in an impeccable manner. Yet another thing which you need to know is the priority order. You should make it a point to list the different skills in the right priority with the skill which is most desired for the job seated at the top. This way you can surely bring an apt difference.

If you would like to read more on this topic and broaden your knowledge and improve your résumé further, you can always check out some sample resumes. Not only this, you also have the option of going through the articles at The Career Mastery. Most of the articles by Deniz Sasal, a former PWC employee will give you a very clear picture of how to tailor your résumé to win the confidence of the selection panel.

There is no end to the amount of preparation you can do. This is why you should always be focused on improving your résumé in the perfect way.

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