Each day I will post a quote and my thinking behind it. This way you can be motivated and have a different reason!
“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”
It’s now Monday, a new week and you should be either closing in on your goal or setting a new one. If you are hunting for a new job, set a goal on what type of job you are applying for, instead of swinging at every pitch. If you’re comfortable in your current job, determine how to make your environment better or even different. It’s good challenge the status quo, no matter your job title. It’s even better if that is your goal.
Each day I will post a quote and my reasoning behind it. This way you get motivated and have a different reason why!
“The alarm clock is your start for the race of the day.”
We all like to sleep in. But just because we like to doesn’t mean we should. If you’re going to be an impact player or at least an opportunist, you have to be awake to see the opening. Don’t let that dream of Emma Watson on the beach come between you and your dream job. Get out of bed and into your race.
Each day I like to post a quote of the day and my reason behind it. This way you get to be motivated and have a different reason why!
“If you are loving your life solely on past deeds and adventures, you will never reach your potential!”
I love history, I can spend all day in a library researching the past. My brother-in-law, on the other hand, doesn’t even like remembering last week. It’s great to remember your great achievements (especially if you’re looking to make your resume look good), but you can not simply rely on that forever. If you’re reading this, I assume you have your head screwed on the right way so you’re not always looking at your back. You’re looking forward, so your attitude has to be the same way. The only way to claim your full potential is remember your finest achievements and build from there. Your past is your foundation, your future is how you’ll make yourself, and your brand, a sky scraper.
I don’t like to waste time. Time is money and money makes the world go ’round (If you want to rename gravity money that is). So I like to make my advice concise and precise. So here’s a new exclusive to the Impact Player blog: Quick Advice! Consider this the Snicker Minis of career blogs. Smaller but still just as chewy.
Today’s Quick Advice is Job Hunting.
It’s 2014, the 21st Century. We are no longer searching for jobs, to simply browse the job boards. We are on the hunt. The unemployed have transformed into big game hunters, whether they know it or not! So it’s time you stop treating your job hunt as a game of peek-a-boo with the boards. You need to develop a strategy and game plan when you hunt for that job.
Even though you are open to work weekends, doesn’t mean hiring managers do.
The lion sleeps at night, but not the jaguar. Use the weekend to build up your repertoire of cover letters, resumes and business cards. Read articles like the Employment Guide, Forbes, Inc., The Ladders to get insight on how to network more effectively or create and recreate your resume into a missile of job security, among other fine articles, all written by executives and experts. Use the week to search for jobs and attend networking events.
You’re making waves in your industry (in the good way, of course), you got a nice promotion, random people are searching for you on LinkedIn. Congratulations, you’re becoming an impact player! You’re not done, yet though. How do you get to that next level from making an impact to being a key player?
Be A Mentor.
No one person know all the answers. A network does! Impact players become mentors for the next generation. Think of how you got to your position, was it all true grit and charm? no, you had a mentor, a coach, someone who pushed you to make that impact. So why not pass it along? It gets lonely at the top, bring some friends.
Each day I bring you a quote of the day and my own reason behind it. This way you get motivated and have a different reason why!
“Either you run the day or the day runs you.”
Everybody has time for everything, you just have to prioritize and manage the time we have. Every morning Ben Franklin wrote a list of actions he can do to be a better person. All the impact players I have the privilege of knowing, whether they were amazing professors in college or innovative business leaders I networked with, had a general schedule they would adhere to that they set. They knew to be successful AND happy (so many of us are only one or the other) they had to be in control of their day.
Each day I post a quote and my reasoning behind it. This way you get to be motivated and have a different reason!
“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.”
We all heard the expression it’s not what you know but who you know. Well it’s true. No single person is an island. We may be a peninsula at best, but we always need company. This goes triple in the business world. Major corporations didn’t start out like that. It started out a mom and pop shop, a dream, an idea. Through partnerships, customer loyalty and fine mentoring did they become major (this goes for all corporations). If you want to do your best you need someone who forces it out of you.
How can you be an impact player, the top dog in your pack of working wolves? The answer is as simple as saying your name yet more difficult than anything you can do on purpose.
Growing up in Florida you know much about Walt Disney World. You know when is the best time to get on Space Mountain (When the fireworks are going off), what time the Three O’Clock Parade commences (You’d be surprised how many Cast Members are asked that question) and not to mess with the Disney Ducks (They are protected and they know it).
And when you are or related to a cast member you know the history of the company. Not just how the opening of Disneyland was called Black Sunday because it didn’t go as planned, but how Walt Disney scoped the Orlando area for years when it was a swampland and persisted in ensuring the rights to the now 48-mile resort. THAT WAS DIFFERENT. But that’s not the first time Walt got success from his differently laced mind: Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs is a beloved children’s classic. At the time no animation was a feature length, animations were always shorts before the main events, a preliminary content on a boxing card. Disney’s own wife laughed at him when he set out to make Snow White a full length. THAT WAS DIFFERENT.
Tom Anderson (Myspace)
Nice Peter and Epic Lloyd (Epic Rap Battles of History)
Johannes Gutenberg (“The printing press)
Joesph Bruce (Insane Clown Posse)
They didn’t set out to make an impact. They set out to do what they felt in their heart, lead by the fires of their passion. To be different is to be authentic. You can’t fake the real thing, you can only make an imitation. The number one rule to being an impact player in your workforce is TO. BE. DIFFERENT!
You know your job, right? You perform it well? Perform it differently. I was working at a burger joint called Krystal’s in my early 20’s. It’s essentially a White Castle knock off, but I defended the brand because I was loyal to the company. So loyal that I’d often make catch phrases to the customers. Thank you For Krystalizing Your Day. Or How May I Krystalize Your Night? The customers loved it because it was different and my enthusiasm was authentic. Want to pass up on being different at work? On your next lunch break go to McDonalds, Wendy’s and Burger King and tell me which cashier you remember most. I can promise you, unless the cashier was authentic and not simply the hand tapping the POS, you won’t.
Each day I post a quote and my thoughts. This way you can be motivated and have a different reason!
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
—C. S. Lewis
I chose this quote because it’s true. We all face challenges when it comes to our goals, sometimes it’s enough to even make us give up. Guess what: That’s okay! Each time a challenge or setback arrive it comes in the form of a mirror every time. A mirror of yourself and your resolve to succeed.
I went to college, originally, to be a funeral director. Throughout my freshmen and sophomore year I studied the human anatomy,watched the procedure on how to embalm and even shadowed an accomplished funeral director. I was set on donning the black suit and not clapping after the eulogy (It was a great speech, but not every speech is a Toastmasters speech). Then in my Junior year I took a public speaking class and I fell in love with it. Even more than the funeral business. After I did my first ever public speech I simply walked to the administration office and changed my major to communications. A new passion took my resolve to be a funeral director and since then I’ve been in love with speaking to large crowds.