One of the great brands in the world is Nike. The word Nike refers to the mythological winged goddess of victory. Greeks would use the term to describe going to battle. It became synonymous with honoured conquests.
Nike – the company — was originally called Blue Ribbon Sports. Phil Knight, the founder, began selling shoes out of the trunk of his car in 1964. He was looking for a way to make a “living” out of athletics. His coach, Bill Bowerman, was looking for a lighter shoe for his students at the University of Oregon. In his first year, Phil found an athletic shoe supplier in Japan, and was able to sell $8,000 worth of shoes.
In the ’70s, Phil’s company grew quickly, earning up to $270 million a year. And now? Well, let’s just say they sell billions of dollars worth of sport paraphernalia.
I was recently chatting with a client and we were discussing next steps. She said; "Alan, I need to ‘Just Do It’. Like Nike, I need to get out and start to take action, to tell potential employers who I am, what I have to offer, and to see if there is a fit." Where would Phil Knight be right now if he didn’t go out and make his dream happen?
At some point you just have to do something. The same principle can be applied to moving forward in your career. What do you need to do to get that promotion, to find a new role, or to get unstuck? So often, we expect opportunity to present itself to us. When it doesn’t, we get frustrated and feel stuck. As soon as you start taking action, you will notice that things will start to change. Even a series of small actions can lead to significant changes in our circumstances.
What do you need to do? At CareerJoy, our coaches instinctively have a sense of what you can do to change your life. No excuses – Just Do It!