"Success is not an accident. You have to do it on purpose." Carrie Green
Thanks for continuing to read the "ON Purpose" blog series dedicated to ALL whom are on quest to find meaning, purpose and are at a loss...may this blog be a resource to you and your quest for meaning.
So, as was done in the blog "Life...ON Purpose!" I prefer to provide building blocks to address this topic!
PRE-WORK - Review YOUR outcomes from "Life...ON Purpose!". The outcomes will set you on the right path toward being able to be MORE strategic in your 80000 hour career journey and will allow you to manage your career till the very end!
What's needed to address YOUR "Career ON Purpose" (output from your "Life...ON Purpose!")
The Career Managing Process Has Four Steps:
Step 1: Map!
Step 2: Seek!
Step 3: Thrive!
Step 4: Evolve!
Step 1: Map!
"Pay attention to the things you are naturally drawn to. They are often connected to your path, passion, and purpose in life. Have the courage to follow them." Ruben Chavev
Objective: NAME / CLAIM What YOU Are Working With!
Once you have thought about where you are at now and where you want to be, you can work on getting to know your skills, interests and values.
This step is about exploring occupations and learning areas of interest to you.
You should be prepared to dig to understand your:
Examples of Tools Used to Help You Understand:
A Note About Goals - Be Prepared to Set SMAAAAART Goals!
You will be well served to set "SMAAAAART Goals" as your journey unfolds and evolves. SMAAAAART stands for:
S - specific - state exactly what you want to accomplish (who, what, where, when, why). Other "S" possibilities - significant, stretching.
M - measurable - how will you demonstrate / measure your progress? Other "M" possibilities - meaningful, motivational.
A - agreed - parties should be of the same mind-set toward a goal.
A - attainable - yeah, we heard of WAGs (wild-ass goals) but don't go too crazy...see point above.
A - achievable - see above.
A - accountable - it's great to have goals. It's also great to be accountable to achieving the goal.
A - action-oriented - is there any other kind of goals / objective worth working toward if it did not involve some sort of action?
R - realistic - a sensible and practical idea of what can be achieved or expected. Other "R" possibilities - relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented.
T - time-based - WHEN will the goal be achieved? Other "T" possibilities - time-bound, timely, tangible, trackable.
Step 2: Seek!
"Your career is what you're paid for, your calling is what you're made for." Steve Harvey
Objective: AIM YOU!
Part A - Seek to Know - AIM!
This step involves comparing your options, narrowing down your choices and thinking about what suits you best at this point in time.
Part B - Seek to Have Others Know You!
If you don’t develop a personal brand, employers and colleagues will do it for you. You need to identify your gifts, skills, passions, strengths, values and turn these lists into a branding statement you can use in interviews and presentations.
"You can't do a good job. If a job is all you do..." Unknown
Objective: Master YOUR Building Blocks.
In the blog "Gladwell's 10K-Hour Rule & Our 80K Hour Career..." the concept of mastery was discussed. Step 3 is where you take this to heart.
Once you've zeroed in here's what you'll be best served to do:
"The day you stop evolving, is the day you cease to exist." Mark Myette
Objective: Keep evolving!
Plan the steps you need to take to put your plan into action. Use all you have learnt about your gifts, aptitude, skills, interests, talents and values together with the information you've gathered about the world of work to create your plan.
Heck! Depending on where you are in you 80000 hour career journey, chances are you've spent 1000's of hours getting to that point! You SHOULD have a STRONG idea about what you bring, how you want to apply yourself, and perhaps, how you want to be remembered!
Honestly, this should be the fun part!
Shape Your Destiny
Think and plan ahead. Be prepared for new opportunities (or layoffs) by taking classes, participating in industry organizations, mentoring others, and working your career plan. All too often I have seen folks get "blind-sided" by changes. Ironically, there were probably signs...like a breeze BEFORE the storm...the wind chimes start getting louder...and yet, they ignored them. DON'T BE THEM!
What a labor of love doing this blog series has been! I hope you have taken some nuggets from it! If you have, please feel free to share with me and your fellow readers!
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I believe each of us is a gift. I create trusted relationships where individuals, teams and leaders NAME, CLAIM and AIM their gifts to achieve optimum performance.
About Mark Myette
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