Monthly Archives: January 2016

10 pieces of career advice you’ve never heard before

CAREER ADVICECareer advice is one of the most critical areas for you to consider, because the wrong advice can launch you into years, or even a lifetime, of misery. Here are our top 10 pieces of advice gleaned from years of experience watching and listening to those who made their career work for them:

  1. Do not follow your childhood dream

There is a universal belief that if you do what your heart told you to when you were a child, you’re in for a lifetime of work happiness. The root of this thought process is ‘go back to your true self’. Although there is validity in the practice of accessing your core self, your childhood dreams and world were just that – a child’s perceptions of the world. What made you happy as a child will not necessarily make you happy as an adult.

  1. Politics matter

Nepotism, relationships, common backgrounds, or schools are all factors which grow people’s careers. It’s not fair. It’s not right. But it is reality. You can take the moral high ground and exclude yourself from company and industry politics, but you may then need to accept that you are making a career limiting move. It is not that you have to be political – rather that you have to be aware of the politics around you, and know the rules of the game that you play.

  1. Self-promotion

So many of us have been brought up not to brag and to believe that modesty is a precious value. The truth is however that no one will know what you have done, unless you actually tell them. There is a line between self-promotion and bragging, so tread that line carefully to your advantage.

  1. Shadowing

Schools often encourage scholars to spend time with people in the professions that they would like to pursue. This is a fantastic way to really see the real work a career entails. Not the glamour, or the fun bits, or the big wins; but the daily slog, screaming clients, and heaps of paperwork that comes with most professions. Shadowing is a great way to gain insight into how you will truly be spending your time.

  1. Maturation is inevitable

Situations change, but so do people. It’s okay to change your career. The career that you choose when you are 18, might not be what you want for the rest of you working life. It’s okay to change direction and use the experience you’ve gained to do something more satisfying. It’s okay not to be the same person with the same interests, values and ambitions as a few years ago.

  1. You can be happy

Many people say that work is a means to an end. You go to work to earn money so that you can do the things you really enjoy. But many people turn their passions into their work, so why can’t you? Why can’t you be happy in your career? You can choose, and that choice is yours.

  1. You’re not stuck

Unless you sign a 50 year contract with your employer, if you are unhappy, you can make a change and make yourself happy. 50 years ago there was value seen in being loyal to your employer. Today, the protean career says get value and experience where you can. Do not allow yourself to stagnate. When you need to move, move.

  1. Take wise counsel

The beauty of having a coaching experience is that your business coach has usually walked the path you are planning to, and can pre-warn you of all the potholes, downfalls, and traps which may degrade your experience. Take counsel from those with wisdom that is worth listening to. Shorten your learning curve and use their experience to enhance yours.  Book a coaching session today.

  1. Go with the flow

Everything in nature has a natural flow and cycle. So do our lives and the events therein. There is a lot to be said for succeeding against all odds, but there is also a time to realise that you might be working against your natural flow. Take the time to consider what works well and easily for you, and then follow that. Forcing a career to fit is a struggle that is unlikely to yield joy. Go with your natural flow.

  1. Make your mark

Most people go through their careers working for a company and doing their responsibilities well enough. Your career is not something that someone else lives. It’s yours. Your working life is where you spend most of your time, so make it worthwhile! Be proud of the work that you do. Be satisfied with your results. Make the time that you spend at work fulfilling. Otherwise, what’s the point?



Failure and how to recover from it

Recovering from failure

Often we are advised to just pick ourselves up when we’ve fallen down.  It’s easy to say, simple to understand, but can be almost impossible to do when it’s you who has fallen.!

The greatest approach to overcoming failure to have the mindset that failure isn’t actually such a bad thing. As Thomas Edison said: “I didn’t fail 1000 times – I just found 999 ways that it would not work!”

Each failure is one step closer to the success that you are working towards. It’s a humbling notion that if we take time to consider our failure, why we failed, how we can change, and what feedback that failure is giving to us, our next steps improve us and our performance.  Failure is thus a vital step in innovation and growth.

This mindset is true for every aspect of life: Business, relationships, career and self-development. It is through not achieving what we had planned, that our path is enriched and our experience deepened. We are in complete control of how we choose to react or respond in the face of disappointment. We often experience negative emotions because the outcome achieved is incongruent with the result that was anticipated.

Failure is an event, not a person.

Zig Ziglar

How profound to remove the personal from outside occurrences. A human being thus cannot fail – a human being can only grow and develop, and embrace the learning and opportunities which ultimately cement them to stand strong.

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Inspiration from TED

pablo-17Inspiration is defined as ‘something that makes someone want to do something’.  TED is probably one of the most inspirational platforms in the world. The myriad of talks and topics are an essential component of any coach’s toolkit. Often this is because the experts who talk, say things so well, and have that amazing capacity to inspire us.

It’s difficult to select five of the most inspirational  talks, but these are some to get the year off to a fantastic and positive start. Each one is between 10 to 15 minutes, and can change the way you see yourself, and how you choose to live your life.

  1. Are you human, by Ze Frank

A four and a half minute series of questions which will make you smile, laugh at yourself, and truly feel like you share certain commonalities with every other member of the human race. This talk is lovely in its unusual presentation, and in the way in which it is received by the audience.

  1. Why you will fail to have a great career, by Larry Smith

Larry is an economist who has a very dry sense of humour and a realistic approach to one’s career. Do not be put off by the negative title – it’s a very upbeat and humorous talk, which really hits home in terms of kick starting your own career, and getting yourself into action!

  1. The paradox of choice, by Barry Schwartz

A realistic and thought-provoking look at our lives, circumstance and the currently reality of being overwhelmed by choices in every aspect of life. This talk takes a surprising twist by approaching a topic that would generally be seen as being highly optimistic, and making the listening think a little bit about their lives and the choices that they make.

  1. Choice, happiness and spaghetti sauce, by Malcom Gladwell

By using the analogy of finding the perfect spaghetti sauce, Malcom Gladwell discusses the pursuit of happiness and human nature regarding choice. He discusses the search for perfect spaghetti sauce with great humour and simplicity. The correlation is to humanity: how we think we do not always know what we want, but if we are asked the right questions, we know exactly what we want!

  1. The surprising science of happiness, by Dan Gilbert

We seem to be conditioned to believe that if we get what we want we will be happy, and conversely, if we don’t get what we want we will be unhappy. Dan challenges this idea by introducing a concept called ‘our psychological immune system’, which is our internal pilot that ensures that we are really happy – even when we don’t get what we want!

Inspiration comes in various forms and means, and affects different people in different ways. Use the resources that you have to keep yourself enthused. It is through our internal stimulation that we drive ourselves to greatness and to achieve all those dreams that we dream for ourselves.


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