What I love most about being an entrepreneur
is that I can follow my heart. I spent the better part of two decades working for major corporations in the IT industry. During that time, there were many things I had to do because I would lose my job if I did not do it, but they went against my personal core values. These were not illegal, just actions meant to line corporate profits before benefitting the customer. Now, as an entrepreneur, I can set my businesses up from the start with the same core values I have rather than following the core values of someone else.
“How can I best invest in my career?”
I have been asked that question many times as a career coach, and my first question back is “are you currently in your dream career?” The best first step to investing in your career is to make sure you are where you want to be. Are you truly happy in this career, or are you happy enough that you will still enjoy it in 5-10 years? If not, what does your dream career look like? What will you need to do to start down that path? What can you do in the next two weeks to take one step closer to your dream career? Ask yourself those questions, and try to answer them without rose-colored glasses.
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The grass really is greener sometimes, but there are also ways to thrive right where you are.
The big question is whether your current job can turn into your dream career, or if it is time to look for that greener grass
And that is where a career coach can help. I coached a person recently who was frustrated at her job and was ready to change to a new company. She felt like he wasn’t paid enough for the work she did, and she hadn’t had a raise in years. After just a few coaching sessions, however, she realized that she made great money and had better benefits than most other companies offer. The subject quickly turned from career coaching to financial coaching.
This example shows how coaching may be able to help you determine where the greenest grass really is. Look into coaching today. Your Amazing Tomorrow is waiting for you.
Are the days running together in an ever-growing state of monotony?
The work routine is a trap that is too easy to fall into. Wake up, go to work, do the day-to-day grind, go home, go to sleep, repeat. Sometimes we need a reset, but a reset is not going to happen without effort. That is why I developed a getaway time. At the end of each month, I take a half day and remove myself from all contacts. I gather all the materials I need from the past month and find a coffee shop, diner, or a good park bench to spend time working on my business rather than in it.
This is a good time go over the last month and look at what is working and what is not working. Are you burning out from overwork? Are you going stir crazy from lack of work? What can be done to change that? What do other business owners do in situations like that? And always start with why. Why are you doing what you are doing? Write it down, visualize it, remember where the passion is coming from, and you will rekindle that spark.
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