In a recent interview Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of Dreamworks Animation offered this bit of wisdom to young people entering the workforce: “How about follow your skill?...I believe every human being does something great. Follow that thing you're actually really good at and that may become your passion." The writer, Betty Liu, contrasts Katzenberg’s advice with that of Warren Buffet, “Do what you love.” …Continue
How do you determine if a job is a good fit for you?
I’ll give you the answer in a moment. But first, a story:
My first job out of college was selling billboards in rural Kentucky. 80% of my day was cold calling small and medium businesses. I got the job because I was friendly, articulate, and people generally liked and trusted me. Perfect for sales! Well, I was miserable and my results were sporadic. What’s tragic however is that I spent years wondering what…Continue
I just returned to my office from listening to a breakfast talk by Dan. I was a client of Dan's in the early 2000's and later trained under Dan as a 48 Days facilitator and coach so much of his talk consisted of things I had heard or read many times before. What made the talk compelling for me was not the new stories but rather the things I needed to be reminded of. Do you know the most important things you need to be reminded of periodically and have you built a…Continue
"You accomplished very few of your triumphs, joys, achievements & successes without the participation of at least one other person."
-Rabbi Daniel Lapin
Finding and doing work you love will involve working with other people in some context. If you are fortunate enough to choose your team, choose wisely. If your team - including your boss - is chosen for you then make the time and effort to learn how to…Continue
We can complain that rose bushes have thorns or rejoice that thorn bushes have roses- Abraham Lincoln
Being in a job that is a bad mutual fit is a lot like wearing your shoes on the wrong feet- you can get through the day but it doesn't feel good, it's distracting and, try as you might, you can't help but walk a little funny. When it's a bad fit you can do the best job you can do but not as well or as consistently as the gal who fits the job like glove and excels all…Continue