Even the President had to reapply for his job this year, indicating the perfect timing for us all to take stock of our desires for a better career moving forward. (Congratulations to President Barack Obama TIME Magazine’s 2012 Person Of The Year) Most working Americans spend roughly the same amount of time working each day as they do sleeping—even more than that if you’re an individual that holds down two jobs or pursues your passion on the side. With such a significant portion of our time spent on the daily grind, it is important to find satisfaction in the work we do. Listed below are a few things to consider that will help you move forward in your career and enjoy the satisfaction you deserve.
1. Make a list of the personal, financial, social and educational benefits your job offers you.
This list may be long or short; it could be practical (i.e.: pays my bills) or futuristic (i.e.: teaching me how to run my own business). Either way, there are daily benefits of earning a living—articulate those aspects and start being appreciative. Karma works on a positive tip too! It is always beneficial to remind yourself your work benefits other than just the monetary ones.
2. Reorganize and spruce up your work space.
Given the amount of time we spend at work, it makes sense that our environment contributes to our attitude. Here are Five Spring Cleaning Tips to Invigorate Your Workspace. Find small ways to brighten your work space and make it a place that you enjoy. Find more ideas on how to organize your home office from cupcakes to cashmere. Make it feel a little less like work, and more like you.
3. Not working at your passion? No problem. There’s still time left.
Just ask Dara Torres—at 45 she’s the oldest swimmer to have competed at the Olympics five times over (that’s a span of 24 years). Or think Iyanla Vanzant—inspirational speaker, author, and life coach. After taking a break from television for almost a decade, she’s made a strong comeback on OWN with the show, Iyanla: Fix My Life. Never give up on your passion. You may have to revise the steps you take to accomplish your dreams, but they can come true!
4. Find a mentor that can help you realize your full potential.
Mentorships can be formal or organic in the way they are developed. To avoid conflicts of interest, seek mentors that work within your field, but not at the same company. There are several specific programs that can aid you in finding one. Make sure to then ask your mentor if they have the time and commitment to serve in that specific capacity. Mentors can help with career development, networking, professional grooming and building of specialized skill sets. Remember to give back and mentor someone else once you have moved up!
5. Create a vision board to help plan for your next career move.
A vision board can focus your aspirations and uses the laws of attraction to help you get there. Do you want to change careers? Is there a specific company you want to work for? Do you imagine working in a particular environment? Is there a target income you’d like to make?
Creating a vision board is simple, fun and easy to do. Some have even started to use Pinterest as their virtual vision board. Whichever kind you use, make sure to place it where you will see it everyday so that it will be embedded in your mind and ready to come to life!
So remember: Prioritize, reorganize, and put one foot in front of the other. While you have the time and opportunity, take advantage of the people and technologies available to you that will not only advance your career, but also leave you feeling more satisfied.
Inspire someone else while being inspired. Tell us how you have reinvested in your career in the past or plan to do so in 2013, or share the links to your online vision boards below…
Is it me, or are the days of surprising technological and mobile advances from Apple long gone? It’s taken me a few days to figure out the right way to express not only my disappointment with the new Apple iPhone 5 but with execution of the entire announcement lineup of Apple iPhone, earpods and ipods at last week’s event. What happened to the glitter, the magic & the pizzaz? Could it be that almost every single announcement made by Tim Cook and friends had already been leaked online within the last 6 months? Sure, that’s partial blame for my disappointment, but there’s so much more.
Not only was the iPhone 5 announcement lack-luster in pomp and circumstance, it’s also came up considerably short when compared to the latest releases from Windows & Samsung. I can remember like it was yesterday, as each iPhone 5 feature was announced I kept thinking to myself (and tweeting) “…but doesn’t the SIII do that AND MORE?” Apparently, I wasn’t the only one with that opinion. It’s been announced that Samsung is launching a rather snarky ad campaign directly targeting the “Genius” of Apple and the iPhone 5. As well they should (in my opinion) – the Samsung Galaxy SIII blows the iPhone 5 away note for note in comparison. Check out the ad below…
Which brings me to my point. If you know that your product is not going to outperform the competition, at least you can present it as if it will cure world hunger, repair the ozone layer & fix the economy in one fail swoop. What I mean to say is, if your phone isn’t technologically the best on the market, you better put lipstick on that pig & convince me that it is!
I fondly remember the days where Steve Jobs would parade across the stage in his fancy black turtleneck and wrangler jeans expressing how Apple’s newest advancement would change the world. The way he expressed each new function of the iPod, iPhone, iPad, MacBooks & iTunes truly made me believe that Apple’s computing machines were made of mystic, magic and were indeed the greatest inventions known to man. But now, with the competition running neck to neck with features & tech advancements – Apple more than ever needs to revive it’s mystery (maybe via a Steve Jobs hologram at the next keynote perhaps) and reclaim it’s glorious spot as the beloved lifestyle brand that could do no wrong. Sure, I got a kick out of the iPhone news leaks prior to the event, but if Apple doesn’t keep those lips tight & create major improvements right – their future grip on the mobile market may not be tight enough, leaving another mobile brand to take the top spot.
That’s (I)n (M)y (O)pinion… What’s yours?
Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, who died Wednesday, has been called a visionary whose work transformed several industries, including personal computers, movies, music and consumer electronics retailing. With such influence around the world, here are some of the world’s most influential men on what Steve Jobs meant to them.
“Steve was among the greatest of American innovators — brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it. The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.” – President Barack Obama
“The way I see it, though, the way people love products he put so much into crating means he brought a lot of life to the world.” Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple
“His ability to always come around and figure out where that next bet should be has been phenomenal.” - Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates
“I never thought I could be so busted up about the loss of someone I never met.” - Ashton Kutcher, technology investor and actor