THE UGLY TRUTH: About your Job - Career - Future

Written by Oscar Bruce

If you work for yourself:repparttar odds you will still be in business inrepparttar 102100 year 2005 are only 1 in 5. In today’s workplace swirling with change, one million people will start a new business this year. The UGLY truth is, 800,000 will be "out of business" inrepparttar 102101 year 2005.

If you work for someone else: It is likely you won’t be with them in five years. Even major corporations lack staying power in today’s international economy. The average job cycle is down to 3 to 5 years but in recent months has been cut much shorter. Even our years of experience become obsolete over-night. In fact most will change careers (not jobs) five to seven times overrepparttar 102102 next 40 years.

Security is no longer inrepparttar 102103 job:repparttar 102104 company,repparttar 102105 industry or any other outside force. Our intrinsic worth is measured by what we can contribute to any organization today and tomorrow.

What can I do, you ask: to provide security no matter where I go or what I aspire. The only transferable skill that can be applied to any opportunity is your ability to (1) Make your point. (2) Sell your ideas. (3) Express yourself persuasively and convincingly. These skills never become obsolete.

Research studies prove: that a strong command ofrepparttar 102106 English Language is directly linked to your career advancement, torepparttar 102107 money you make, and to your social success. The Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation studies human aptitudes and their link to success. They report - "An extensive range of verbal skills accompanies outstanding success more than any other single characteristic." - In hard timesrepparttar 102108 same studies show that those laid off first tend to be low communications skills people.

Every calling is great when greatly pursued

Written by Robert Knowlton

Living on purpose. It's a growing, evolving process. It takes focus, clarity and regular reflection. Here's one story about a client's evolution and effort to stay on purpose.

Paul is doing some incredible things. His business bottom line is up and stronger than ever. There are new opportunities onrepparttar horizon allowing him to live his dream and in many ways he's onrepparttar 102099 leading edge in his industry.

I met Paul four years ago. He was referred to me when I was making marketing calls to businesses in my area. Paul was very interested in personal and professional development. Our first call lead to some interesting conversations and Paul subsequently participated in many classes I taught. Two years ago, Paul joined my purpose discovery workshop, resulting in his purpose statement:

"I eagerly seek to acquire and share knowledge to be of benefit to all."

Paul told me he had always wanted to be a public speaker and to him, his purpose statement was a clear reflection of this desire. By understanding this is what he naturally loved doing and sought to contribute, Paul began to shift his life and pursue his dream. We started a weekly coaching program. He also signed up for Toastmasters to hone his speaking skills and he hasn't looked back.

Paul's company is a small independent wholesale supplier of cleaning and sanitation products. You might be thinking to yourself, "That doesn't seem very glamorous. I thought you said he's doing some incredible things. He's just selling cleaning products."

Paul's business is selling cleaning products, but his real passion is infection control. He has taken it upon himself to develop an expertise in cleaning and infection control so healthy people don't get sick and sick people have a chance to heal. He's not a scientist, but Paul understandsrepparttar 102100 science of infection control. His real specialty, however, isrepparttar 102101 Art of Infection Control. He'srepparttar 102102 "what to do and how to do it guy" people in his local health care community often turn to for advice.

Today, aside from running his business, Paul speaks at conferences and is connecting leading experts inrepparttar 102103 field of infection control withrepparttar 102104 front line hospital and nursing home staff acrossrepparttar 102105 country by leading and facilitating group TeleLectures onrepparttar 102106 phone.

Let's back up two years. Although he longed to speak in front of groups, Paul felt handicapped by a slight stutter. It wasn't until he realized what his purpose was, " acquire and share knowledge..." that despite his reticence, he decided to go for it.

Paul is developing an excellent reputation now and in just two years, is known as an "expert" in his field. He has no Ph.D. in science and doesn't really need one. He calls on others' scientific expertise when needed. He's able to make a fantastic contribution through what he knows, "The Art of Infection Control" -- how to userepparttar 102107 Science.

Education inrepparttar 102108 Art of Infection Control is part of Paul's vehicle for touchingrepparttar 102109 world. Inrepparttar 102110 beginning, Paul had a lot of doubts about actually making this happen. "I need a degree," he thought. "No one will take me seriously," he told me. "I don't know how to speak to groups," etc., etc. All of these "issues" have been overcome and he is indeed living his dream. His goal of speaking and sharing his knowledge and insights aligns with who he is. It "just seems natural." When you act in alignment with your deepest drive to contribute, it never really feels like work.

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