Consider these great career insights to help make your work and life better. Each one has helped to make my life much better. I hope you like them.
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#1 – GAIN PERSPECTIVE WITH A LONG CAREER VIEW
I read somewhere that in our our twenties, we should explore and experiment, discover and travel. In our thirties we begin to see a career path. Then, sometime in our forties, we should begin to build our career – and in our fifties and sixties, maximize and enjoy our career. By changing our perspective, our career and life might get a little bit better.
#2 – CHOOSE THE CAREER CHOICE YOU ARE MORE FOR
There is a great Ted Talk by Ruth Chang that helps to reframe “choices”. It goes like this: When we have two good choices, it might sense to reframe the question. Asking “which choice am I more for” helps us see which decision is better for us. Should we live in the city or suburb? Should we take this job or the other one? This might help. Here’s the Ted Talk video:
#3 – FRAME CAREER RISK TO BETTER UNDERSTAND YOUR RISK
Try using the Best/Worst Analysis (credit: Ben Carson) the next time you face a hard decision or risky situation. Answer the following four questions to frame the risk to see if it’s a risk worth taking. Answering these questions helps us to make a reasoned decision.
- What is the best thing that can happen if I do this?
- What is the worst thing that can happen if I do this?
- What the best thing that can happen if I don’t do this?
- What is the worst thing that can happen if I don’t do this?
#4 – YOUR “GOOD SELF” MIGHT NOT BE HELPING YOU IN YOUR CAREER
Dr. Henry Cloud, in his book “Integrity” helps to explain why we choose to be “performance crippled” instead of being empowered. Generally speaking, he says we want to preserve our “good self”. Our desire to appear faultless and in control is often greater than our desire to win. Once we give up on the idea that we need to be perfect or ideal, we can “embrace ownership of the results, go through the pain to improve, and enjoy the benefits.”