Looking At The Big Picture

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Values: What do I like to do? What brings out my best?
  • Vision: How do I want to grow? What do I want to create for myself?
  • Competency: What do I bring to the table? What value do I have and how should this grow over time? What do I need to get to the next level?
  • Relationships: Who’s supporting me? Who’s in my posse? Who gives me resilience and validation? And who can I learn from?

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Incremental efforts add up. You don’t have to do a big dramatic thing to make progress. What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.

We tend to only do something about our careers when we have a problem. But if you wait until you’re laid off or dissatisfied, you may take action but it won’t feel authentic.

A better way is to look at multiple factors and work on them consistently even when you feel satisfied at your job.

What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.  Incremental efforts do add up.

Like compound interest, if you make steady progress of your goals, you can get somewhere.

We learn through experimentation, not by pondering.

We can’t really think our way into the right answer. We just have to try different things and then see how well we learn from those.

Ask a friend: "What do you see in me? What patterns are you detecting?"

Often, that will identify some of your core values.

If you are uncertain about your next step, but you have 5-6 job possibilities in your mind, chart out these options and ask:

  • How interesting would it be? Use a 1 to 10 scale to rank it. 
  • How easy or difficult would it be to make happen? 
  • How much do you actually know about this as a career? How deep is your knowledge? 

Add up the points and see where each job falls on the chart.

Every career has transitions and cycles. Accept that.

Don't try to avoid them, rather think about what we can do for that cycle and move forward.

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  • Ensure you have a stable income stream before you take attention away from it.
  • Let your audience, customers, and fans tell you what they want. If you can understand when your market wants something from you and if they are willing to pay for it, creating other revenue streams will naturally develop.
  • Testing ideas is essential.
  • Not all projects should be monetized. Some will pay you back in other ways like creatively energizing you or letting you experiment and fail, that may be valuable.

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Bias is everywhere

Being aware of your own biases doesn't mean you will be free of them. You need a system that will help prevent your proclivities from taking control.

Rather refer to bias as "predictable mistakes" that people make when planning. For instance, getting anchored on last year's numbers. That is bias, but the language provides another way of addressing it. It is more pointed and practical.

Moving continually between screen-based activities, such as texting, checking Instagram, or watching a video may make us forget information we want to remember.

Even though we continually devour information, we will be left frustrated because we're not able to bring knowledge to mind to express what we know. In an experimental exercise, researchers found that people who are less able to sustain attention and those who reported being heavy media multitaskers both performed worse at memory tasks.

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