Totally felt the same way when I read the book! It has been about 2 years since that time and now I love where I'm at. Dan asks the hard questions and goes straight to the heart of change. It begins with us first. Dan often says that, "85% of the process is inward." Initiative must be a key part of a career change. We are in charge of us AND the career we want to pursue. We are the problem AND solution. Great job on sharing your progress and I will looking forward to your progress 45 days from now.
Thank you for your response. I look forward to the continued inward thinking. I have never taken the time really to dream. I've been relatively content with my corporate job/career. I have been fortunate to have good managers who did bring me a flexible environment...but I do think that there is something else for me to look at doing perhaps on the side. I'm trying to be patient with the process :)
Congrats Marc! I read Dan's 48 days book several years ago and I was also struck by the thought of increasing my initiative. Since reading Dan's book I have had 3 new jobs, each one better than the last. And I really enjoy the job I have now but guess what...I'm cranking up the initiative again because I want more. Not because I am greedy but because I know I can do more, I have the capacity to grow more, and I can help more people on the way. I tell you that to give you encouragement: now that you've planned your work it's time to work your plan. Good luck and keep us posted!
Thank you for your reply! I'll let you know what happens. Would you be so kind as to tell me what those three different jobs are/were? I want to see what others have done and see if anything strikes a chord.
You bet! At the time I read Dan's book I was a store manager for The Home Depot. When they first hired me I was one of about 20 hired to be part of this new division. The plan for me was to work in the stores for 2 years to get 'field experience' and then work in their headquarters. After the first 2 years the leadership changed their philosophy and placed us all in stores as store managers. And I got stuck: 4 years into the manager role I was over worked, burned out, and every area of my life was being choked out and I knew I had to change before I lost everything I valued (including my job!). Enter 48 Days.
Ar that time I moved from hardware to banking and was a retail branch manager with Wells Fargo. After a year doing that job I became a program manager for the Wells Fargo Treasury group. After a year and a half I leveraged what I learned with 48 Days and was hired as a project manager at Target. I have been in this position for almost a year and I will continue in this role for another 6 months to complete the project. When my project is complete I fully expect to stay with Target but in a new, more challening position.
I hope this helps!
Thank you very much for giving me a bit of your background. I'm sorry for not replying sooner. Life's getting in the way, but it's a good thing. I must admit that my head is spinning a little bit. I have some good days at my current job but then I know deep down that this is not my long-term solution. Fortunately, a growing friendship may lead to another position at another company. I look forward to seeing what happens there. At this stage in my life, I don't see myself being self-employed, although both of my parents are entrepreneurs and have done quite well. Spin spin spin!! ;)
Fantastic! I think Dan has mentioned this recently: as you prepare yourself for a job search you inevitable find more opportunities in your current position or new opportunities that you didn't see before. I'm realizing more and more that I find what I look for - so attitude and perspective have a real impact to your outlook on life. As for self-employment vs. working for a company, I'm with you. I don't know if I'm self-employ material either.
Thanks for the update and keep us posted once you get that new position!
Motivation in the schedule (and for all of life) is key.
During a major life transition like this one, make sure you are minimizing the negative influences in your life (television, talk radio, draining friends, etc.) and read and listen to as much motivational material you can get your hands on.
Other than reading things in your field of interest, I recommend listening to Zig Ziglar and Earl Nightingale. You'll find in Dan's materials that he was greatly influenced by Nightingale (The Strangest Secret). My favorites from these two men are See You at the Top with Ziglar and Lead the Field by Nightingale. Dream Job is a great audio program that Dan made that combines much of the material in 48 Days and No More Dreaded Mondays.
To sum it all up, we pack a ton of stuff in our minds each day. If you want to turn up the gain, then turn on as much positive material in your life possible.
Let me know if you have any other questions about resources...it's one of my favorite discussion topics.
I threw out the TV many years ago as I did not want the raw sewage coming into my home on an hourly basis, so that's not an issue! :)
I have made it a goal this year to read one career development/management/leadership type book each month. So far so good. I'm wrapping up the Speed of Trust in the next day or two.
I've been listening to the Ziglar podcasts. He is quite entertaining but has some great stuff to say. I am not, however, with Earl Nightingale. Is there a recommended podcast you can point me to?
Dave Ramsey is really good at keeping the coals going. I just also started Dan's podcast as well.
As I said above, I am looking forward to the process and what shakes out. Thank you for your thoughts!
On Earl Nightingale: There are some less expensive products that you can get from him. Amazon.com has cheap (.89) tracks you can download. Some of these are over an hour long. THey may sound old, but the information is great.
Other career books I have recently read beyond Dan's are Use Your Head by Harvey Mackay, Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview, and What Color Is Your Parachute. There is also Quitter by Jon Acuff with Dave Ramsey's org. All of these you can get in your library or through Inter-library-loan.
Hey there Marc! If I do the math correctly you're somewhere around day 63 :) What have you learned so far? If you haven't found a new job, have you found a new perspective on the job you're currently doing? I'm sure I'm not the only one paying attention to this conversation stream that would love to encourage you and learn from your experience.
Wishing you the best!
I appreciate you keeping me accountable! :) I have kind of fallen off the wagon so to speak. I have spent too much time hemming and hawing but a couple of weeks go made a few decisions to get things going with a friendly and influential contact. I'm expanding that now and will implement what I've learned in the book to see where that goes.
My biggest problem and maybe you can help is that I fall flat on my face when I am asked to discern what my dream job and/or employer would be. I really have a very hard time answering that question. Perhaps its that I need to spend more time on that. I'm also reading The Power of Who and the author recommends you spend some time alone on topics like this, so I will be doing that very shortly, perhaps later this week. There is a very beautiful shrine in the Hermann, MO area that I am planning on spending an afternoon to get away from work, my family and my iPhone for a few hours without any electronic distractions.
My main focus is providing a stable living for my wife and 6 children 10 and under. I love the idea and freedom of self employment but I don't think I can stomach the instability at this time in my life. So I set my sights on what would be a good fit for my transferrable skills and desires that will provide challenging and meaningful work, where I know I will thrive.
Any suggestions? Should I re-post this elsewhere in the forum?