Stop for a minute. Think about this for just a minute.
What if I told you to run for your local school board? What if you ran and won? What if you then ran for City Council two year later and won that race also? What if you then ran for Mayor and won that after two years on City Council. Then what if you ran for State Senate, then Congress, then Governor, then Senator and then maybe after President? What if you kept winning every two years you moved higher and higher up in politics? Would your family and friends be proud of you? Would they be happy for you? Or would they criticize everything you do?
Stay with me for a minute, just another minute. What if you went to college and took business classes and then started working after graduation. You get a shot at a fast track program where you work for Six Months in Four Separate Areas of the Company. Then after Two Years they make you an Assistant Manager and then after a year or two you are managing your own Department. Every couple of years they move you into a new Department with Manger Level responsibilities. Then after 6 or 8 years of moving from one department to another you become a Director? Again would your family and friends be proud of you? Would they be happy for you? Or would they criticize everything you do?
So know, what if every year or two you switch jobs? How will your family and friends treat you? Will they tell you that you can’t keep a job? Would recruiters call you a job hopper? Will people even ask you the circumstances? If you are getting closer and closer to the job you always dreamed of, every time you switch jobs; you are on the right track. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. What does your career path look like?
Listen, there are only three types of jobs out there. The job you have, the job you need and the job you want. If you don’t have a job, find a job. If you have a job and it is not what you want, find the job you need to bridge the gap and get you closer to the job you want.
Job hoppers do not always just hop around because they are not working out, sometimes they are getting closer and closer to the job they want. It may be for any number of reason that someone switches jobs. I have heard that 70% of people switch jobs because of their boss. This does not speak to highly of Leadership, I can honestly say the number one reason for my job searches has been to find a better fit for my combined personal and professional life.
Job Hoppers get a bad reputation while people on the Fast Track have a Good Reputation, so how do we battle that perception. Keep your job search focused on what closely aligns with you Professional and Personal Goals. Never take a job purely because it pays a few dollars more than your current job. Look for opportunities to learn and grow professionally and look for opportunities that also fit your personal goals and your personality. If you and your bosses personalities do not mesh it does not mean that either of you are bad at your job, but there may be someone out their whom your bosses personality more closely aligns, just like there may be a Manager or Leader your may want to work with because they more closely align with your personality. What does your career path look like?
Do not worry if your family or friends understand. Some people where their length of service like a badge of honor. There is nothing wrong with finding a place you love to work and sticking to it. But that does not mean it will happen to all of us. The only thing we can count on is that times will change. Very few of us will be able to stick with One Company for life. Most industries are moving faster than ever. Will you let not looking limit your career choices?
Step one is to have some kind of goal in mind. Step two is to do a reality check. Step three is to make a plan on how you can move up inside and outside your company. Step four is to swing the bat. The last step is to realize no matter how well you have played, plans change. Change with the time. Improvise your plan not your goal. What does your career path look like?
Really honestly, what does your imagined career path look like? Can you find mentors and coaches where you are that can help you make it a reality? If so, stay where you are, if not, find them somewhere else. Sometimes if you and your boss do not fit well, it is win-win for you to move to another department or another company where there is a better fit for both parties.
Last but not least, do not let your family and friends pass judgment on you for changing jobs if they do not know or do not want to hear the details. You are the one who has to look forward to going to work every day. Find a job you look forward to going to everyday.
Again, remember; there is the job you have, the job you need and the job you want. Sometimes you may have to hop around once or twice to find not only the right job; but the right job at the right place and the right time, with the right team. What does your career path look like?
Have you heard it said before? Someone in their feeble attempt to defend their bad behavior will say something to the effect of “Well at least I am not a bad as so and so.” Or “What about so and so, they are even worse.” Explain to me how being better than the worst example makes you good? I am trying to be funny and serious at the same time. I am trying to deal with something that is very negative without going negative myself.
“Well at least it not as bad as…” this is almost always the beginning of a lame excuse. Maybe people have suffered for so long they just want to not seem like they have given up, even though they have basically given up. “It could always be worse…” Isn’t that another one? I only have one question that begs and honest answer; “Did you do your best?” If the answer is “Yes” then there is no need for an excuse. If the answer is “No” then I guess any excuse will do.
Think about Automobile Racing. It is ok for the new team that can barely put together enough a budget to qualify for a race to come in last and learn as much as possible from the experience. But, what about the team that has a wealth of experience and even more financing? If they make all the wrong choices and come in next to last, are they ok with saying “At least were not last?” Do we say these things to lessen the sting of the blow so we can sleep better at night?
So another great excuse; “We had the most fun!” Ok, I can go with you on this one, under certain circumstances. If you know you are out matched and you just want to have a good time I can understand, as long as you are doing your best. I know a bunch of amateur Hockey Players who love to play in tournaments together. They put together a team and played in a tournament that was way out of their league. The other teams where younger, faster and played at higher levels than this friendly bunch of amateurs who knew each other from their day jobs. They played to win and had fun losing. I guess I get that, to a point. It is OK to make the best of a bad situation.
I am also saying that this can be a slippery slope for those of us who can do better, but we just don’t try hard enough. I know that I cannot do some things I did when I was younger. A Forty Something aged person cannot take the same risks as a Thirty Something. A Forty Something cannot bounce back as fast as a Twenty Something. But you can still play it smart and do your best. You can still be successful with having adjusted goals. I am still getting over how bad Brazil was overwhelmed on their own soil during the 2014 World Cup. How do you explain it to their fans? Was one player really that important to what they were doing? They did not respond by saying, “We were not as bad as so and so…” They responded by saying the result was un-acceptable, we should have prepared better. At the highest levels you must always be learning and striving to get better.
So why is Ok for those in the middle to think it is OK to not be as bad as those behind them? I try not to be envious of others. I don’t know enough about what they have been through or how they got where they are now. I can only keep track of what I did to get to where I am, and what I can learn to do better the next time. This is why I say, “Not as Bad as…” is a trap. Don’t fall in it. The key take away from every situation is “We did our best and this is what we learned.” Win, lose or draw; fun or no fun, do your best and learn from the situation. Not as bad as so and so, just does not work for me.
Crazy does not mean dumb.
Have you ever been called crazy? Have you ever had an idea that was so far out there, people thought you had lost your mind? Have you ever wanted to shake things up and try something that had never been done before, or put a new spin on the same old song and dance? Have you wanted to be the one that helps other’s when no one else will? I am taking about the positive sense of the word crazy. I have blogged about the fact, that if no one has called you crazy you are not trying hard enough.
So let’s think about crazy. Maybe you want to build your own airplane, or maybe you want to walk on the moon, or maybe you want to escape bondage and then help others do the same. People may call you crazy. I am sure they will, but will you let that stop you?
I am sure they called Neil Armstrong crazy. I am sure they called the Wright Brothers Crazy. I am sure they called Harriet Tubman crazy. Who are they anyway? Don’t listen to them. Listen to that little voice inside of you that tells you that you can do it, listen when it means helping others and helping change the world for the better. Crazy does not mean dumb; crazy means you may change the world one day.
I am sure that as a kid Neil Armstrong told people he was going to walk on the moon one day. I am sure that people called him crazy. Many people had tried to reach the moon and failed. Little by little, more and more was learned from each failure, until one day there was successful space launches and then the first successful trip to the moon, and even more remarkably a successful return trip to earth to go with it. How many people still think that man has never been to the moon? That is crazy! Crazy does not mean dumb, crazy means you may walk on the moon one day!
And before we went to the moon, we had to learn to fly. For many, many years people have dreamed of flying. I am sure many people had tried many times to invent flying machines. Before the Wright Brothers, people used Hot Air Balloons and Gliders; but to be the first to build an Airplane, I am sure that meant people called them crazy all the time. I am sure they tried and they failed, and with each failure they learned. Can you imagine a world without airplanes now? Because of the Wright Brothers and all the crazy people who came before them the modern economy depends on air travel with thousands of airplanes taking off and landing safely every day. I have been half way around the world twice thanks to air travel and I know people who are afraid to fly, I think that is crazy! Crazy does not mean dumb, crazy means you may learn to fly one day!
So maybe your dreams are not about walking on the moon, or flying in an airplane. Maybe you dream of freedom. Maybe you dream of freedom from bills or freedom from bondage. Many people once they are free vow to never return to from which they came. Imagine if your life was in danger, and you went back to the land where you were held captive. Harriet Tubman not only escaped slavery, but made 13 return trips to help others escape bondage. Now you want to talk about being called crazy. What do you think they told her when after she escaped slavery she told people she was going back to lead others to freedom? This time failure was not something you could learn from, in this case failure meant return to bondage if not the difference between life and death. Harriet Tubman was part of a network of people who risked their lives to help others. Crazy does not mean dumb, crazy means you might help others escape bondage if you have the guts.
So if everyone is calling you crazy, don’t listen to them. Listen to the people who will actually help you win your freedom; listen to those who will help you fly. Listen to those people who will help you land on the moon and then get home safely. Listening to people who will not help you is crazy. Neil Armstrong, The Wright Brothers and Harriet Tubman were all called crazy in their time, I am sure of it. Now we call them heroes! I can’t imagine living in the world without their accomplishments, but the work is not done. We still need crazy people to stand up and chase their dreams and help each other change the world, for the better! Crazy does not mean dumb, crazy means do the work and miracles might happen.
Neil Armstrong: Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon.
The Wright Brothers: The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are credited with inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight
Harriet Tubman: Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross; c. 1822 – March 10, 1913) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made about thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era struggled for women’s suffrage.
Do you have a nice simple dream? Do you have a simple little project you want to undertake? Do you have that thing you have always wanted to get done? The best way to get started is to get started, but do not confuse simple with easy. Simple does not mean easy. A simple idea does not mean you get a free pass to snap your fingers and wait for magic to happen. Simple means simple; but if living your dream was easy everyone would do it.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not telling you to make this complicated just to make this complicated. Anything worth doing is worth doing well and to the best of your ability. You can keep your ideas simple, but do not mistake that with meaning they will be easy to attain. Most of the time you still need to be able to build on your dreams, you need to build on your goals and you need to build on your talents. You may have to get around people who have done the things you want to do and reached the goals you want to reach. Don’t be afraid to ask for help even though you may have a simple idea.
You see simple and easy are not the same thing. Surfing the Internet is easy. Creating the internet was very complicated. Also the first versions of the internet and web service and computer hardware and web browsers were complicated. It took a long time for the internet to become as simple as going to any coffee-house and logging into the “Facebook” or checking “Twitter.” Simple does not mean easy. The first mistake people make in thinking simple means easy is not respecting all the work it takes to make things look easy.
Exercising and lifting weights is simple. Becoming a champion athlete is hard. Playing guitar is simple, but learning to play a guitar well is hard. Basic Electronics are simple. Coming up with a new invention is hard. Simple means simple, but to get good at something it still takes practice and patience and persistence. It will get easier over time, but it does not mean it will be easy all the time.
Lots of times the people who make things look easy have practiced and planned and rehearsed until it seemed easy to the untrained eye. Case in point, the most basic simple idea is getting people to work together. Now, is that easy? Have you tried? Getting people to work together can be very rewarding, but it is not always an easy thing to do. Again, have you tried it? People sometimes have a tendency to make things harder than necessary. Sometime people complicate things for any number of reasons. Sometimes people make things complicated just to prove themselves right.
One of the basic ways to keep things simple is to just keep things simple. Do not make things more complicated than they need to become. Find one thing that people can agree on and give it a try. Keep it simple. Keep it basic. Staying on track and reaching your goals is hard enough. Why make things harder than needed? Just remember, simple does not guarantee things will be easy.
What is my point? Don’t think that because your idea may be simple that it will be easy. Also don’t make things complicated, just keep things simple. Give your ideas and dreams the respect they deserve and if they are worth it, they are worth working towards. If your ideas, goals and dreams are worth doing, it is worth it to keep learning and practicing and getting better to reach your goals. Keep them simple, but do not assume they will be easy.
Blogging is like life and life is like blogging. It is going to do what it does. I can’t control life and I can’t control how popular this blog becomes, either way life or blogging are going to do what they do. All you can do is stay in the game.
All you can do is keep at it. I want to believe that I will exceed in life, if I continue to work hard and work smart. I want to believe that I will exceed at blogging, if I stay true to blogging and do what I can to nudge it along. Either way, life or blogging are going to do what they do. See there are millions of people out there living their lives, and there are thousands if not millions of bloggers out there. I am not mad at anyone for trying to life their dream life. Actually I try to inspire people to chase their dreams. Blogging is part of my dream. I try to pay forward the positive, and one day maybe I can be a motivational guru. Or maybe I am just another blogger taking up cyberspace.
Can’t stop now, I won’t stop now. I am over 150 posts in this dream chasing endeavor that is 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo. What is this all about anyway? Remember that Movie Ray, where Jamie Foxx played Ray Charles? Do you remember the famous line “I’m gonna make it do what it do baby?” I want to feel like that, I want to feel like I can make it do what it do. The only problem is it is going to do what it does. All I can do is keep it moving. All I can do is keep on Blogging. All I can do is stay at it.
Sometimes bad thing happen to good people. Sometimes bad people win. But I believe that sooner or later it all balances out. That sooner or later that bad things will come back to haunt bad people. I believe that good things will happen to people who do good things. I believe there is a balance out there somewhere; and I would rather pay forward the positive, as much as I can.
My Mother likes to say “Keep on living.” She has me hooked on saying it to her. Life is going to do what it does; all we can do is keep on living. Life is like blogging and blogging is like life. I want to believe there is gold at the end of the rainbow, but if there is no gold; at least I chased a rainbow. How bad of a life can that be? How bad can it be to chase your dreams? Why not give it a run and see what it does? I ask a lot of questions don’t I?
So what do you have to lose? What do I have to lose? That I believe that if I keep at it, life or blogging; that sooner or later good things will happen. It is just what I believe. I can’t force you to believe anything, all I can do is ask you what you have to lose by chasing your dreams. Live is going to do what it does. Blogging is going to do what it does. All I can do is keep at it.