Don't Settle

Written by Nan S. Russell

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There's a story I like about Phidias, a Greek sculptor working onrepparttar Acropolis. As he was finishing a statue of Athena, which would stand a hundred feet high next to a marble wall, an onlooker asked, "Why are you chiseling strands of hair onrepparttar 140919 back of her head where no one will see them or even know they're there? "I'll know," replied Phidias.

I wish I would have found a cabinet maker with that same attitude when we were building our home. When we moved in, we discovered tops of cabinets uncapped and unstained. It's true no one would see them. But, it was notrepparttar 140920 quality of work we expected, paid for or wanted. The cabinet maker had settled for mediocre. But we didn't. We had him do them over.

People who are winning at working know when good is not good enough. They operate like Phidais, not our cabinet maker. They understand that quality work is not an accident. It's a deliberate focus that starts with high personal standards. People who are winning at working don't settle for mediocre. Not in others. And not in themselves.

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Rethink Your Career Transition

Written by Richard Hanes

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Third, revise your life story so itís compelling and coherent. Revising your life story involves revising your resume and story youíll tell during informational and job interviews. You need this revised story for two reasons. 1. To convince yourself during a time of turmoil and confusion that your career change makes sense; and 2. To convince a prospective employer that hiring you is worthrepparttar risk.

A good story is like a good movie. Good movies cause you to ďsuspend your disbeliefĒ. You care aboutrepparttar 140918 character, believe in him or her and relate torepparttar 140919 struggle he or she is going through. You watch with bated breath asrepparttar 140920 protagonist struggles against obstacles that cause fundamental changes in character. You believe inrepparttar 140921 character as he or she reachesrepparttar 140922 point of no return and resolves his or her struggle, either successfully or unsuccessfully. You care and you believe in them.

How do you suspend your interviewerís disbelief? By making your story compelling and convincing. Demonstrate to your interviewer that your transformation is complete and sensible. Explainrepparttar 140923 internal reasons for your career change, for example, I changed to do something Iím really good at or that I really enjoy. Show how youíve learned from what youíve tried and how you used that learning to deepen your understanding of yourself. Itís best to avoid external reasons (i.e. I was fired or laid off) to avoidrepparttar 140924 impression that you simply accept fate rather than actively shape it.

Cite as many reasons for your change as you can, and point out any explanations that have deeply rooted causes. Family or financial circumstances may have prevented you from realizing a goal from long ago. Persevering and overcoming obstacles are attractive qualities to employers.

Show continuity and causality Ė a natural series of unfolding events that make sense. Connect your past work life to your present situation and project it out intorepparttar 140925 future. Tell your story so thatrepparttar 140926 obstacles youíve overcome and what youíve learned about your character inspire your prospective employer to believe in your motives, character and ability to reach your goals. Tell it so they can see you doingrepparttar 140927 same things for them!

No matter how you cut it, change is messy, and career change is no exception. Margaret Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers, in A Simpler Way, share that life uses messes to get to well-ordered solutions. But messes donít feel very good while youíre inrepparttar 140928 midst of them!

Thatís where professional help comes in. A broad shoulder to lean on when you need it. A productive mind to help you brainstorm experiments and shifting connections. A capable life story editor to help make your story compelling and convincing. If you know you need a change, but donít feel comfortable going it alone, contact a career coach!

Copyright 2005, Fruition Coaching. All rights reserved.

Rick Hanes is a life and career coach, writer, outdoorsman, gardener and tireless advocate for living life with purpose and passion. He founded Fruition Coaching in 2004 to lead the fight against leading lives of quiet desperation. Check his website at to contact him about rekindling the fire of your life!

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