I’m sure you’ve noticed that things got shaken up quite a bit in 2020. That’s an understatement. Now we’re looking towards post-pandemic times, but what will that be?
Our work decisions need a fresh look. Some things will remain, some things will rise strongly, and some things will drastically change or go away.
As a result, I decided it’s time to update my career and self-employment ideas for you, to account for this twist in the road.
You can listen to or read this post. (About 7 minutes)
If you’ve ever lost a job, you know how crushing that can be to a sense of self-worth, not to mention a hit to your sense of financial security (like a punch in the gut).
Behind the scenes, I know many people who have been let go who I see as amazing and gifted people with so much to offer. The way of typical business is NOT a test of your worth.
I’ll explain my own gut-punch experience, my theory on what it means when you are let go, and I’ll provide a simple exercise to help you in your recovery process.
Maybe you’ve checked most of the boxes for what you were told Success looks like, but inside is another story. It might be hard to talk about it because you think no one will get it.
I have a window into this experience on a regular basis. When people contact me for coaching, unfulfilling “success” is often the case. Big heartache, often in secret.
It’s so common. Worse, a lot of people think that’s just how it is, or how it has to be: that work and fulfillment don’t go together unless you make too little money to sustain it.
I disagree. It doesn’t have to be that way.
I also have the good fortune to know a lot of people who have found another way. I include myself in that. I know it’s possible in my bones to have sustainability and meaningful work.
In my own work experience, the most miserable job of all was the one that looked the most “successful” on the outside! I have never realized that correlation until now. Interesting.
I’ll explain why it matters to go for something better, and why it’s possible.
You can listen to or read this post (about 5 minutes)
Is it a messy maze or is it a beautiful image when seen from above? I see the beauty.
I hear this a lot: “My career is all over the place so how do I find my next step?”
The good news: Everyone has a messy career path. Life is messy, at best. You’re not alone.
The bad news: It’s still confusing in there and you’re still needing to find your way in a dark confusing maze.
More good news: You can get help to find your way through the maze. There are people with lanterns and maps to turn to. And people who can see the big picture from above the maze. Really.
Is it really a messy maze or is it a beautiful image when seen from above? I see the beauty.
So then what? Continue reading
“I hear informational interviews are important so I can explore career and business ideas, but how does that work? Huh? What? Who do I ask? What do I say? They’ll think I’m weird…”
~from almost every introvert I talk to (at first)
Yes, asking people questions about their path is such a helpful step in finding your own path. And yet, it seems awkward, at first, for many introverts.
Informational interviews are good for when you’re exploring career ideas, business ideas, new niche ideas for your business, retirement ideas, and more. There’s so much gold in there.
I hate seeing so many people get stuck on this step. Let’s make this simple, right here and now.
There are particular concerns that I notice introverts raise about informational interviews. Do you recognize these?
- Won’t I be bothering the person if I ask them to speak with me?
- How can I find people to interview?
- I can’t just cold call some stranger I found online!
- I don’t know what to ask. I’ll be tongue-tied.
- I don’t know enough about the field to ask good questions. I’ll sound stupid.
- I don’t know what I’m planning to do yet, so I’ll seem unfocused.
- Is it a call, a lunch invitation, what? What’s the etiquette?
First I’ll give my short answer to each of those classic concerns, then I’ll elaborate and give you some basic steps including what to ask.
It could be as sweet and simple as this.