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Mindset for Success
Stop Saying “I should”
“I should grow my career.”
“I should be more productive.”
“I should build my network.”
Saying stuff like this makes you lead a life of obligations and duty, instead of joy and excitement. It makes you a follower, rather than someone with freedom of choice.
So, replace “should” with language like “I want to” or “I’m going to.” This subtle shift can change everything for you, and catapult you to do work that makes you come alive.
Resolution: Play Games
Instead of setting big and lofty goals for yourself, like resolving to do a big impressive thing every day from now on until forever, try issuing yourself mini challenges.
A 7 day blogging challenge. 10 push ups a day for a month, or reach out to a person you admire on LinkedIn once every week, and see how long you can keep that up.
It’s more fun, lowers the barrier to entry, and it allows you to find out what kind of habits you can actually sustain.
And that’s what ultimately matters.
Links worth checking out
- Know your purpose in 5 minutes (10 min video)
- Don’t stop at job boards (3 min article)
- How to find and reach the hiring manager (2 min video)
Quote of the Week
“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”
— Seth Godin
Your hero’s journey starts here.
Hiring manager: “Congratulations, you’re hired. Starting pay is 30k, but it can go up to 90k later.”
Me: “Alright, then I’ll come back later.”
Lame joke, you say?
Sure, you can call it lame. You’re free to do so. Before you do though, make sure you’re not behaving the exact same way in your own career. Otherwise, you’d be calling yourself lame, and you don’t want to do that, do you?
Why am I saying this?
Well, if you’re reading this, you’re most likely at a point in your life where you want to take your career more seriously.
Maybe you’re starting your first professional job, or you’re looking to transition into a new career path. Tech, project management, marketing, design…
You’ve seen people online who have the job you want, and it all seems amazing. Cool, exciting, adventurous prospects.
But then, you look at the opportunities you actually have directly available to you, and they don’t look nearly as glamourous.
No cool office.
No sweet starting salary.
Just old-fashioned hard work.
I’ll come back later.
Now, you don’t literally say or even think this. That would be too obvious. But you behave like it anyway.
In neglecting to take action on the opportunities you have right in front of you, you’re basically doing the exact same thing as the person in the joke.
And I mean exactly the same thing.
Making lame excuses.
If this is something you struggle with, I want to challenge you to change your frame of mind.
You know that unglamorous and unsexy opportunity right in front of you? Think of it as the first part in your hero’s journey.
You know the part in every hero’s story where they go through hardships? Where they have to start at the bottom and pay their dues? Do some unsexy, uncool, straight up hard work that goes largely unrecognized for ages? Maybe even get ridiculed for it?
Turns out the real world works the exact same way.
Just some of the famous first jobs of various multibillionaires.
It’s not cool. It’s not sexy.
But it’s a place to start.
It’s where you lay the seeds.
I know it’s tempting to come back later and see if your prospects have magically improved. But they won’t. Because that’s not how opportunities work.
So take action.
Take that first step on your hero’s journey.
Even when it seems uncool.
Even when it’s hard.
Even when it seems like a step back from the comfortable life you have created for yourself.
Don’ do stuff that makes you feel dead inside, but don’t shy away from some hard work either.
Let it excite you instead.
After all, this is where you become the hero. This is where you make the sacrifices that will pay off big time in the long run.
This is where you earn your future success.
Your origin story starts right here.
Make it a good one.
and the DJH team