Where is the myth in building greater awareness and greater confidence? What's wrong with dreaming big? There are solutions out there for us, but they do not lie in retreating to timidity, or, worse, intimidation, in the face of change and uncertainty.
Sticking to career goals, especially long-term ones, requires patience, tenacity, and a whole lot of motivation. It's a sizable challenge, but one that's achievable if you break it down into manageable bits.
Remember the old adage, practice makes perfect? We're expected to show up and be perfect at a moment's notice. Maybe it's time to learn from that old adage and give yourself the opportunity to rehearse and practice to improve your work and life.
A client once responded to one of my questions by saying, "Oh, Greg, I am too busy living to think about life!" His off-the-cuff comment named a trap all of us fall into sometimes. In just one example, it is easy to become so consumed in our careers we fail to really think about our careers.
Students today attend K-12 institutions and colleges that value a high GPA and test scores, following the rules and listening to the teacher. While those measurements have their place, they aren't the only yardstick.
I am often asked how well our college of the liberal arts and sciences prepares students for jobs and careers. We like to think that a liberal arts education prepares students for life, and that jobs and careers are only one part of that.
Picking a creative career like writing would be impossible without blind faith in oneself. I've always worked at being the hero of my own story, someone I would root for in a book, or onscreen, but now the scope of the story is growing and I can't predict the plotline.
I knew that there were promising startups and growth companies all over the country that needed talent to expand and thrive. I knew firsthand that there was an army of talented, ambitious, somewhat directionless young people who'd love to work for a startup.
In this upcoming season, when our families will gather and we're reminded how much our relationships matter, have we taken the time to think about, and thank, those who have helped us along the way in our business?
Flourishing in a sector that's well-known for being fast-paced and competitive is a feat in itself. But once you factor in the overarching dominance of one gender, there are even more hurdles to overcome to ensure your long-term success.
As the saying goes, 'In your twenties, you worry about what people think about you. In your thirties you hope people are thinking well of you. In your forties you don't care what people think about you, and in your fifties you realize people aren't thinking about you.'
When it comes to permanently shaping the landscape it is slow and steady force that literally moves mountains. It may be that we're witnessing the impact of similar subtle shifts in the most recent report from the National Assessment for Educational Progress.
The numbers for the first-generation students are particularly telling to me. I was the first in my family to graduate from college. As a first-generation student, I know how important postsecondary education was in shaping my life, and appreciate the difference it could make to millions of others.
So. I graduated this past May to begin my life anew as a so called "grown-up" in the proverbial "real world." I never really cared for that phrase--the real world. As if to say the world in which I was living was somehow removed from reality. Oh wait. It actually was.
As with any risk, there is always something at stake. In most instances, when it comes to your business, you stand to lose money, time and your reputation. Which are also the very same things you stand to gain!