ATTENTION ANYONE UNDER 25!
If you’re a “young blade,” as my Grandma likes to say, you need to take a good look at the veterans of your industry.
Hang out with them.
Ask questions of them.
THEN: create a picture of the type of person that someone who does what you do often becomes.
This is something you need to know going in. To a new career OR a new job.
FOR EXAMPLE: as an entrepreneur under 30, I tend to work with a lot of people who are sometimes 20 years ahead of me.
And a few of the trends I notice (although not for everybody) include:
o Lack of work-life balance
o Incredible stress, physically and mentally
o Sabotaged relationships
o Absentee fathers and husbands
o Complacency and therefore lack of reinvention and/or expansion
That’s not who I want to become! I think.
I remember last year I asked a friend of mine, “Do you ever come into the office on Sundays?”
He said, “I come into the office when I’m in town.”
Sure am glad I realize this now!
So. What about you?
What do you want (and not want) to become?
Even if you’re not under 30, here a few steps to help you find the answer:
1. Observe your future self. Create a picture of the type of person that someone who does what you do often becomes.
2. Self-Assessment. Ask yourself three questions:
a. Do I want to end up like them?
b. If not, whom DO I want to end up like?
c. And what steps will I have to take (now) in order to become that person (later)?
3. Journal. Start a “Don’t Ever Let That Happen to Me” Log. Consider doing it with another person or a mastermind group for accountability purposes.
4. Evaluate. On a regular basis, do a check-in. See where you’ve been, where you are and where you’re going. Be sure your path is consistent with what you’ve observed and what you want.
REMEMBER: you don’t have to become what everyone else who does what you do often becomes.
It’s up to you.
Because you always have a choice.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
What are the trappings of your industry?
LET ME SUGGEST THIS…
Start your accountability TODAY. Make a list right here, right now, of three things you DON’T want to become.
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That Guy with the Nametag
Are you the luckiest person you know?
Watch Scott’s interview on 20/20!