Start A New Career And Be Your Own Boss

Tips on How to Start a New Career

Whether you’re bored or dissatisfied with your work situation or just want to do something different, making a career switch is life changing and the beginning of a new chapter in our lives.

It takes a lot of energy and can be a bit stressful and overwhelming at times when changing careers at any age. It’s also a very exciting time and when you mix motivation and energy with a well thought out plan, progress toward your goals is a sure thing. It’s only a matter of time before you become an expert and start reaching your potential in a new chosen career.

If you were to have a good vision of what it is that you want to do for the future, it would make the switch a lot easier and quicker.

Be sure to take the time necessary to discover just what it is that you really want. The job or career will, most likely, be for many years to come, so settle on a specific plan to accomplish the pre-set goals. Taking an organized approach is important for best results no matter what the reason for the desired change is.

If you’re confident and know exactly what you want and where to start then you’re in a nice position to get off to a great start with lots of enthusiasm and positive energy. If you don’t quite know what it is that you want to do with your working future, the process can be somewhat slower. This is simply because of the time that it takes to reach a career choice.

Below are 9 tips on how you can start a new career and be your own boss:

  1. Make a well-thought-out list of what you are good at and what you enjoy doing (that might be two different lists). See just what your talents and interests are. Be sure to write everything down neatly, take your time and follow these steps.
  2. What have you done in the past and what can you do now? Do you have any limitations, age perhaps, or a disability? Is a work from home situation best for you as it is for so many others?
  3. Considering the above, what would you really like to do? Make a list of 3-4 possible career choices, then decide on one of the choices and focus on that completely. Make sure that you will be able to perform the career duties right into your retirement years.
  4. Research, study and learn everything that you can about your newly chosen career and become an expert or authority within the boundaries of your chosen field.
  5. Don’t stress but keep your present job as long as you need it. It’s always best to not be in a rush but to be thorough, and become an expert, a go-to guy in your new field.
  6. Continuously increase your learning. Additional training and practice can only make you more valuable as well as ready and

Stop Allowing Your Negative Outlook To Sabotage Your Life And Career

I have seen it repeatedly; people allowing their negative outlook on life to sabotage their lives and careers. When you allow a negative frame of mind to dictate the outcome of your life you allow yourself to miss out on the best things in life. Also, by having a negative outlook can destroy close relationships which in turn can sabotage your career advancement opportunities. Here are some key points that may prevent you from throwing your career away by not allowing your negativity to destroy or sabotage your life and/or career.

Don’t let your negativity make you feel as if you are inferior to your working associates. Never put yourself down. Never think that you got your position due to being lucky. Never think that you are way out of your league when going up against your competition. Always know that people are people and nothing more. All people put their pants on one leg at a time. Always know that if it is possible for someone else that it is possible for you to. Never allow anyone to own the definition of who you are; only you know that.

There are things that you will want to take away from what I just shared with you. Treat these different scenarios as stepping stones of higher consciousness to learn something new. Despite everything, you have probably contributed many things to your fellow co-worker’s ideas and/or projects that someone else wouldn’t have been able to come up with. So, learn to pat yourself on the back and learn to love yourself.

You will want to avoid assembling with the negative entities that you presently toil with from day to day. Let your negative coworkers stew in their own misery. Stay as far away from them as possible. And always remember that pain is inevitable but being miserable is a choice. Studies conducted have found that witnessing insolence in the morning can disrupt and/or sabotage the rest of the day. Know that, you don’t have to let this sort of thing happen in the first place.

Now, it comes a time when you have to let your coworkers deal with their own sentiments in their own way. Make it a point to steer clear of other peoples’ negativity. You must learn to stop adopting other peoples’ problems. Lets’ face it, we all have problems, but we don’t have to overload our plate with additional problems that don’t have any positive bearing on our lives whatsoever. Never bite off more than you can chew. You will be better off for doing so.

If you want to change your negative outlook on life to positive you will want to learn to count your blessings and remember all that you have to be thankful for. Being truly grateful and thankful for living in such a great country as the United States is truly a blessing in itself. And always know that when you think you have it bad, someone else has got it worse. So, …

Why You Need a Career Mentor

 

Mentors are an important resource for success on the job. Finding one can be a task, positioning you to be selected as a mentee is another. Here are some helpful tips.

Mentoring used to be an informal and difficult process. Managers would identify potential success stories. You had to be likeable or someone who reminded the mentor of his or her early years. The golf course or a game of billiards would open opportunities to be groomed. Relationships would develop over cold beers. You guessed it, the “good old boy” network. If you did not hang out you were left out.

Companies today realize the organizational benefit of supporting and developing talent and are establishing formal mentor programs that ensure growth from the bottom to the top lasts from within. Will employees stay longer if they feel like they are being groomed for success? Are you the best option for a new opportunity if your career is being guided by manager, supervisor, coach, or a specialist?

Having a mentor allows access to information that may not otherwise be available to you. Mentors show you the ropes, they lend you a hand, and they provide insight into a world that continues to change as you navigate through it. Mentors provide quality information because more than likely they have made the same mistakes you are asking, so you benefit from the secret weapon. Think about your co-workers, everyone wants to get promoted all at the same time. You better believe if you have a strong mentor and you are following his or her advice you should have an edge. I have seen too many times one position opens and 3 employees want that new title. Read below for tips on why you need a career mentor.

Motivation – A good mentor has the rare ability to explain to you what you need to do and why, in a way that makes sense. An encounter with a mentor often becomes a turning point in your career or business.

Success – A mentor who shares their experience with you helps you to avoid mistakes that you would otherwise make. Achieving success faster and with less effort, would you consider that to be efficient and effective?

Honesty – A mentor is a person who is not emotionally involved in your situation, your friends, family, barber, or hairstylist love to give advice. These people either, do not know, are emotional involved, or tell you exactly what you want to here. A mentor’s advice should be free and straight to the point.

Positive Attitude – When “Murphy’s Law” kicks in to your life a good mentor knows you are bleeding internally, but they have a plan to get you patched up, in a step by step approach. Mentors always have a story to make you feel good and to give the necessary encouragement to move forward.

Improvement – Your mentor will expect some improve. You should expect to grow with knowledge. Mentors will advise homework, such …

Unemployed and Searching for a Job? Don’t Make These Three Mistakes

So you are recently unemployed and are looking for a job. You have a particular set of skills and you want to put them to good use. You have your certifications, your work experience, the projects you have done in the past, and a number of qualities neatly listed on your resume, and now you are in the process of applying for the jobs that pop-up on your LinkedIn feed and on Indeed.com. If you have been doing all of that, you must already be in talks with a number of employers. If you haven’t been doing that, it is time to get organized in your job search. Here are three mistakes you should try not to make when you are looking for a job.

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1. Do Not Put Learning On Hold When You Are Unemployed

When you are unemployed, you have a lot of time on your hands. Most people use this time to catch up with old hobbies and passion projects, some use this time to reconnect with friends and family, some use it to play videogames and binge-watch their favorite tv show, and few use this time to brush up on old skills and add new skills to their arsenal.

If you are an InfoSec professional, this may be a good time to do some ethical hacking courses and add some oomph to your resume. Similarly, if you are in ITSM, learning ITIL best practices can make you an ideal candidate for organizations where incidents are commonplace and IT operations get interrupted all the time. In short, using this time to learn new skills should be at the top of your priority list, second only to searching for a job.

2. Do Not Neglect Your Health

Working a stressful job, or a job that you hate, is bad for you. However, so is unemployment. When you are unemployed, you can start feeling lethargic and stressed out. In most cases, being unemployed means that your income drops dramatically and you have to downsize your life. One of the most obvious expenses you can easily cut down on is the gym membership, and a lot of people end up doing that. You start having trouble sleeping, struggle with depression and anxiety, and your health goes down the drain.

If you can’t relate to anything we just said, good for you. If you can, you should make it a point to improve your health during this small period of unemployment. If you can’t afford a gym membership, you should take up running as a hobby, or dedicate an hour a day to body weight exercises you can do at home. No matter what you do, do not let your health decline during this time.

3. Do Not Neglect Your Network

Being active on LinkedIn is one of the most important things you can do when you are unemployed and looking for a job. You need to make sure you interact with people, maintain a vibrant online social …

How to Show an Interviewer You Learn Quickly

Every job has a learning curve. Not only do workers have to learn how to do a job when they get it, they also have to be able to pick up new skills while on the job and adapt to changes in responsibilities. Employers want to know that their potential employees will be able to pick up new skills and adjust to their new job quickly. Read on to find out how to show an interviewer that you have this capability.

The first thing you need is an example of when you picked up a skill quickly. Think of a time when you were able to learn to do a new task faster than you were expected to. Maybe you learned the organizational system in a few days instead of a week. It doesn’t have to be something extreme like learning to play piano in a week; stick to small, useful work-related skills that you acquired quickly.

The next example you need is of a time when you became skilled or knowledgeable about something due to hard work. Unlike the first, this is less about speed than about dedication. Give an example that shows that you can stick to it even when you’re learning something that you’re not naturally talented at. This could be a work example or even a school example — if you have a college degree, that’s at least four years of hard work!

Finally, you want an experience that shows you can learn a new skill without having your hand held the whole way. Think of a time when you learned a skill without much help. It could be something as simple as learning to use a new software program at work. A work example is ideal, but if you don’t have one you could use something you studied on your own at home. This is especially good if you learned useful work skills on your own time — it shows that you’re dedicated enough to your career to advance your skills entirely of your own volition.

Be ready to talk about experiences such as these at your next interview. Keep in mind what your interviewer wants to know — that you’re a dedicated worker who learns new skills quickly and easily. Show that you will be able to get into the swing of things immediately and pick up new responsibilities as they come along. If you think about your experiences beforehand, it’s not so difficult.…

How To Sell Insurance Coverage at Any Stage of Your Career

Do you know How to Sell Insurance and Be Successful?

Being a desperate insurance agent, you are not sure where to begin and also you require the best tactics on how to sell insurance the best way. Insurance can be an incredible career for people that have a niche personality of persuasion selling. But what about the rest of you. I guarantee that for people that do not like selling, you will have a very disappointing career. The hardest part of Selling Insurance is trying to get leads and convert those leads to customers.

Whats the # 1 Secret on Insurance Selling?

Times have changed over the past few years. With the internet and different online ways to buy insurance, agents need to discover the new way to generate leads you can not spend all day trying to generate leads. Today’s insurance agents need to set up marketing systems and let the leads come to them. My # 1 secret is reduce the time on trying to generate leads, and spend more time on educating and networking with prospects.

Internet leads are the best way to get started. The one thing to understand is that there are 2 types of Internet leads. Most every insurance producer puts in a ton of effort and extremely tries trying to locate leads to bring in daily sales. To get leads daily and quickly is to buy them. The problem you may know with these leads, is that these prospects are price hunting. If the lowest price is not your competitive market, you still need to get them on your list and sell to them when they realize that “you get what you pay for”. The best way to get internet leads is through your own website that drives traffic directly to you. These people actually want to buy from you. This is the first strategy you need to focus on. Do not focus on finding leads. Set up a system, so the leads come to you. So what are the systems and how do you set them up? Keep reading, I think I can help.

The lead generation process should be a system of your organization. Online insurance marketing video clips from an insurance specialist are a great way to learn How To Sell Insurance and implement insurance marketing strategies.…

Should College Student-Athletes Be Paid?

Should College Athletes be Paid? Hold It!!!… Maybe There’s A Better Way

With the ongoing increasing conversations pertaining to college student-athletes, of whether they should be paid as professionals, or remain amateurs, I thought it take a moment to sit down and jot down some of my thoughts.

Here in the northwest, there is recent conversation in regards to a couple of our local universities, University of Washington and Washington State University (my alma mater) as to if their respective star players (UW’s Isaiah Thomas and WSU’s Klay Thompson) should return for their senior years of go Pro.

I admit to being a little bit “old school” when it comes to implementing success strategies to keep our young people on track for success. As the author of a just completed book “Standing above the Crowd: “Execute Your Game Plan to Become the Best You Can Be”, that keeps the focus on the tried-and-true traditions of hard work, goal setting, dedication and positive attitude, I feel that those things along with my own personal life experience of being a collegiate student- athlete help me to have a perspective from the many different points of view pertaining to this conversation.

My Beginning as a Student Athlete:

Athletes are the prized and celebrated few of our society. From the time that most top-level athletes are in the fourth or fifth grade, they have already been identified as those that have a great opportunity in the world of sports. At that point they become coddled, pampered, and “taken care of” in ways that the average individual can only imagine. Many times athletes who are full of athletic potential don’t have the same scholastic expectations placed upon them from the time they’re in middle school and all the way through college. Is that fair? I guess I’d say it’s fair only if it works out well for the athlete, his family and the university of their choice before heading on to the pros. Unfortunately, that is where we as a society place our values, instead of on the student who gets straight “A’s”. But, many times it doesn’t work out that way for the “hot-shot” athlete, and you only hear about the perhaps 10% of athletes who actually ascend to the top of the pyramid of the hundreds of thousands of scholar athletes throughout this country (middle school through collegiate sports). The vast majority of student-athletes will perhaps play on their high school varsity team, their collegiate athletic teams, and far fewer in the professional ranks. It’s been said it’s easier to become a brain surgeon that it is a professional athlete.

I was a late starter as a student-athlete, so I wasn’t one of the pampered ones that were targeted for athletic success from middle school on. Matter of fact I didn’t play my first organized basketball game until I was a senior in high school. So, I missed out on all the “wining and dining”, “coddling and pampering”, and, “wooing and recruitment” that …

How Adult Education Works

Education has become an indispensable part of everybody’s life. Education is essential to keep oneself in pace with the advancements in science and technology and to have an in-depth knowledge about the world we live in.

But all of us are not blessed with the opportunity to achieve great heights in studies. Often, it is the social and economic background that determines the level of education of every individual. Most school or the college dropouts almost always regret their decisions later in life.

To soothe the worries of these people, adult education programs were started. Initially, these programs dealt with elementary level education. The main idea behind these programs was to provide basic education to dropouts. But now, times have changed and along with it, the various trends too. Now these adult education programs can fetch you higher education too.

If you are a college dropout who feels that your career would have been much more prosperous if you had finished your college education, then you can enroll yourself in the degree programs conducted exclusively for adults. Many renowned universities all over the world conduct these programs.

If you wish to take up these educational programs directly from their respective centers, you can do so. Otherwise many distance education programs are also conducted which can be of great use for people seeking further education.

There is another interesting feature of these programs that helps to make adult education easier on the people participating; these programs are also available online. There are many famous universities worldwide that offer online education programs for adults. These programs will help you get degrees from international universities with much ease. The exams are also conducted online.

Many universities and colleges offer educational loans to help you continue your adult education. Adult education programs can helpful when you need information on how to obtain these loans.

Adult education programs are very helpful for those who are yearning to pursue their education from where they left off. Adult education programs will surely uplift the social and economic condition of every country in the world.…

Does Consistent Changing Jobs Negatively Impact Your Career?

Change is said to be the only constant in life. But change for the sake of change could have a negative impact in your life. When it comes to your career there are times a change of jobs is necessary but there are certain times it does more harm than good. Changing jobs is good – it widens your horizons and gives you a chance to stretch yourself out of your comfort zone. However consistently changing jobs could have repercussions that you need to consider.

Most people seek a job change when they feel that there is something lacking in their present job. However, there is no reason to consider a job change as the first step. Look into what is bothering you at your current position and look into ways to fix the problem. Is it boredom, a lack of stimulating work or a toxic boss or colleague? Once you pin point why you are unhappy in the first place you can go about finding solutions to your problems. Acquiring new skills and changing into another field of work within the same company or asking for an internal transfer into another team are several ways to fix your current situation.

If this is not possible or you are denied any chance of change within your existing job then it might be time to look for a new job. But this should only be your absolute last resort. There is nothing wrong with changing jobs to get what you believe is fair treatment or compensation. The problem begins when you think that frequently changing jobs might solve all your problems at work. Consistently changing jobs may slow down your growth in your career.

Hopping from one job to the other may affect the way you rise in your chosen career. Employers want loyal employees; they only promote people who they can trust. Changing jobs consistently may affect the way you are perceived by your employers as you may be seen as someone who is always chasing the next big thing.

Think twice about changing jobs simply to gain an increase in salary. If you consistently change jobs just to increase pay, you will be perceived by your future employers as lacking in stability. You might enjoy immediate financial rewards but you may be damaging your career beyond repair. Always have long-term goals in mind and not just short-term goals before you take the leap. Keep in mind that employers may quit to hire the frequent "job hopper" as they are afraid that you might be tempted whenever another high paying job shows up. You do not always have to change jobs to get a salary increase. You could approach your present employer and let him know about the other opportunity that pays more and get your pay increased.

Before taking the next career change leap, make sure you take time to put things in perspective. Weigh the pros and cons; make sure you are not just being motivated by instant …

The Difference Between a Job and a Career

It is estimated that the average worker will have 14 jobs in his or her working life. It is no longer a bad thing to change jobs. But that does not mean you should wander aimlessly from company to company. If you know the difference between a job and career and think long-term, you will prosper wherever you go.

A job is:

  • A regular activity performed in exchange for payment
  • A position in which one is currently employed.

A career is:

  • A chosen pursuit; a profession or occupation.
  • The general course or progress of one's working life or one's professional achievements over time

Bottom line: your job is what you are doing today. Your career is what you've done over the past years and what you plan to do in the future. So when you think "career" , you have to think long-term. And when you think long-term, you begin to realize the following:

  • Everything you do counts
  • Everything you do needs to have a good reason behind it
  • You have to make good decisions
  • Always think "What's my next step?"
  • What you do today determines your tomorrow
  • Mistakes can potentially haunt you for a long time

You should pay serious attention to this "career" thing. Your job feeds you and your family today. Your career will feed you and your family tomorrow and beyond. …