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16 12, 2011

Want to Stay Employed? Stop Living in the Past

By |2017-03-03T12:07:07-05:00December 16th, 2011|Categories: beliefs, Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |6 Comments

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Being successful is hard work and not everyone likes hard work. It might be safe to say that many people are lazy, they do just enough to get by. I remember when I finished high school I knew I had to go to college so I could get a good job. When I went to work I found out I needed a master’s degree so I could keep my job so I went back to college. I began to notice that education never stopped except after college I would have to be responsible for my education. To stay competitive in the job market I would have to continue to learn and grow. Sometimes I had to learn things that weren’t interesting but were important to my career survival. Not only hasn’t this changed but it’s changing every day or maybe every minute. In my travels I often hear business owners saying, “I’m glad I’ll be out of this business soon so I won’t have to do that social media thing.” Chances are once they get out of  business social media will still be chasing them, especially if they want to communicate with the rest of the world.

This coming Tuesday morning, 9AM, EST on my radio show, indysmallbiz.com I will be interviewing Tom Denham, owner of Careers in Transition. Tom is going to talk about what we can do to stay on top of our career. Check out my Facebook for the link to the show.  

Here are 8 things you can do right away:

1. Always be curious and interested in the world around you. It may be more exciting than you think. Dive into your life, get excited. Excitement is catching. People who are exciting are fun to be around and very motivating. Look out around you, what do you see, what’s out there waiting for you? Think about an event you’re going to attend in the future and get excited. What is going on in your life at this moment that can make you excited?

2.  Read articles that keep you current with changes in your industry. What you remember from the 90’s might not help you. Read articles from industry experts, join LinkedIn or check out Facebook. If you’re in the flooring industry join us on Fabulous Floors Magazine facebook page and join the discussions. If you want to give “red hot customer service” you have to know your products.

3. If training is offered to you, particularly for free, take it. Taking classes will help motivate you and improve your outlook on life. Look for training classes in your community, are there free classes you can take or some for very little money?

4. Take a college class and brush up on your writing skills or take any class that helps you to think. You know the old saying, learn it, teach it, do it. Or is the new expression,  Teach It, Tech It, Learn It, Lead It, by the way, this is a great blog. Whatever you learn, share it with everyone; if you can teach it you probably understand it. 

5. Be responsible for your own education and learning. This may mean investing your own money so you can stay in the game and remain employable. It’s a competitive world out there and the winners will be those who keep up on technology.

6. Question what you know and what’s new. What could you learn that would make you “more employable?” What are younger people studying in college, what skills do you need to master if you’re going to remain employable?

7. Whenever possible take a sales class even if you don’t sell professionally. We are all salespeople and always selling something including ourselves.

8. Listen and learn from others. Check out blogs that interest you and watch TV shows that do more than amuse. Check out YouTube for something you want to learn. I love YouTube you can learn everything from horseback riding to knitting.

I love this quote:

The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.
Tom Bodett

Lisbeth Calandrino is a motivational speaker and trainer. Check out her blog, Lizbizbuzz and join her on Facebook.

                

                 

 

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23 10, 2010

You Never Know Where A “Cat-astropic” Event Can Lead

By |2017-03-03T12:07:12-05:00October 23rd, 2010|Categories: Advertising, beliefs, Blog, Building a Brand, Change, Competitive Advantage, Customer Satisfaction, Customer Service, Entrepreneurs, fun, Reaching the Consumer|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on You Never Know Where A “Cat-astropic” Event Can Lead

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Cats don't kill people (or dogs) guns doIt was reported that two kittens, Snowyday and Winter somehow dented the bell on a $5000.00 bass trombone.

Trouble in river city.

How did they do it? They probably used a  a chair. The owner, Anthony Giles, a professional trombone player, felt dented, just like the bell but unexpected events often lead us to new discoveries and new ideas.

Did  Edison really sit on the light bulb to create its unique shape? The best brass repair guy was called in New York City. Everyone knows  The Brasslab, Chuck Alexander, the master of Red Hot Customer Service. The “bone” was packed up for its trip to New York City.

An immediate diagnosis indicated that the bell needed to stay for  repair. This is not good. So, the trombone player, Anthony Giles went searching through through his “spare bells” and came up with a 10 year old  bell which turned out to be a better fit for his playing. I’m told that, as a musician, you’re always looking for ways to improve; By accident he had found one.

I think the kittens are not only off the hook but may be psychic and  were trombone players in one of their other lives.

So what  does this mean to the rest of us mortals? Can we possible train our mind to move from “victim” to being “proactive?” Stephen Covey in his book, Seven Habits of Highly Successful People  talks about “mindfulness.”

Make lemonade out of lemons, the obvious.

Realize that even a seemingly a  disaster can be a new path for your life.

Be always thinking and wondering.

Life and success is all about attitude; never let circumstances dictate your feelings.

Think out of the box, why do you even need a “box to think out of ?”

Did I  say, don’t leave your trombone on the floor?

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