career

How Did You Get Here?

We've all experienced a journey -- an adventure that brought us to our here and now. But how did we get here? What has brought us to this point in our lives, our careers, our journeys?

I think of the people. For every successful person, there is a list of people that helped them along the way. There is the boss that supported their pursuit of passion. The friend that pressured them to continue on through difficult times. There is the mentor that shared their knowledge with no expectation of return. 

There are also the people that spurned them on for negative reasons. They told them they couldn't possibly make it work - so they proved them wrong. They told them they'll never amount to anything, or that they were unworthy. They became successful anyway. 

We do not travel within a vacuum. Each step we take in our journey is influenced by the people in our lives. Think of your successes - who were your supporters? Have you thanked them? 

Go, thank your supporters. Thank them for their role in your success.

Go thank that Teacher that inspired you.
Go thank that boss that gave you flexibility. 
Go thank that friend that never abandoned you.
Go thank that person that gave you a hand when you were down. 

Express gratitude for the support you've received. You'll brighten their day with your thoughtfulness and you'll have a chance to relive that success.  

Invest in Relationships Now, You'll Need Them Later

What's the one relationship you want to invest in this year?

I'm not talking romantically--you should invest in that every day. This is about investing in the people that step in when you need a hand. It could be a coworker, a close friend or a relative.

I have a client who is investing in his relationship with his dad. He wants to spend more time to get to know his dad. Another client is investing in her customer relationships -- she wants to take the extra step to delight her customers.

How you choose to invest in the relationship can be in any form. In may simply be a commitment to respond to their emails in a more timely fashion--or send them a card on special occasions.

Relationships take effort, even the acquaintance kind. Everyone needs them though, even self-identified 'introverts'. Relationships are what help you when you lose a job or have any major life event. With good relationships the next time your career hits a bump or even screeches to a halt, your relationships are there to help. 

Choose a relationship and do something today.