Good Monday morning,
Last week, I shared rule #1 on how to make a great career decision. Here are my final two thoughts on how to make better career decisions:
Rule #2: Be true to you.
In 2006, Time magazine announced their “Person of the year” award (drum roll please) – YOU! Their reasoning is the explosion of platforms such as YouTube, whose motto used to be “Broadcast Yourself!”, Facebook, Twitter & Linkedin which provide an opportunity for individuals to showcase themselves.
I think the need that social media is meeting is the need for self-expression and acceptance. These tools provide a place for the individual to have a voice in a world that is growing more & more homogeneous.
I often hear people say they made a career decision based on the opinions or wishes of someone else. I am not trying to imply that you should ignore the needs of others or disregard their advice about your choices; however, you need to remember that your primary needs are at stake. Your employer hasn’t hired your Mom/Dad/Partner/Best friend, they hired YOU. When you are fully present in everything you do, and you are true to your core needs, everyone wins.
Point #3: Trust your gut.
Starbucks is one of the great global brands. Whether you agree with everything they do or not, you cannot argue with their success. One of their secrets is that they refuse to conduct focus groups. Howard Schultz, the founder of the company, decided to sell The New York Times in the stores. Why? Because “it felt right”. The senior executives make big decisions based on their gut instincts. Pay attention to your gut, it is the final and most accurate “tool” we have.
Trust yourself – in most cases you are correct.
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