Friday, June 22, 2018

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: 7 Tips to Achieve What You Want in Life



This is our weekly roundup of some of the best career-related articles, interviews, blogs, etc., we've read during the week. We share them so you have some great resources to prepare you for the coming week. Enjoy!
  • 7 Tips to Achieve What You Really Want in Life: "Answering the question, 'Why are you here?', is the solution to your life. Unfortunately, only you can find the answer. Fortunately, when you do, everything else falls into place."
  • 7 Practical Tips to Achieve a Positive Mindset: "Almost invariably, you’re going to encounter obstacles throughout the day—there’s no such thing as a perfect day. When you encounter such a challenge, focus on the benefits, no matter how slight or unimportant they seem"

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

5 Ways to Get Unstuck in Your Career



The alarm goes off and you lie there. Perhaps you reach for the snooze button, once, twice. Again? Your job has lost its luster and you have little desire to go into work. Perhaps you’re feeling stuck.

It’s not uncommon to feel stuck at various times in our career and you’ve likely implemented various strategies to get unstuck at those times.

But there’s something interesting about when we’re stuck. We tend to forget what we’ve done in the past and our ability to think creatively is hampered. Try the following five ways to get unstuck and that snooze button might become a thing of the past.

Take on a new project. When we’re stuck we tend to hide. We might spend more time hunkered down in our cubicle or keep our head low, but these avoidance strategies just reinforce our feelings of being stuck. Instead, volunteer for a new project, or to lead a cross-functional team effort, or to test out a new product. Getting out of your comfort zone and doing something new can be a first step in getting unstuck. 
  
Brainstorm your ideal job. What do you want to do? If you could do anything, what would you choose? Take some time today and write down every job or career path that would be interesting to you. Don’t think too much about it and don’t judge your responses. Just write and then read your responses. You just might find a path forward there, either through an opportunity at your current job or you might come to realize that it’s time to move on.

Upgrade your image. Sometimes when we feel unmotivated we let some things slide, such as our appearance. We might not take care of ourselves the way we have in the past. Consider how you look and feel. If you’re low on energy perhaps you need to start a new fitness regime. Grab a quick bike ride or swim in the morning before work. Or change up your image by making some strategic new additions to your wardrobe. Who knows? Perhaps a new hairstyle will do the trick. The point here is to make an effort to look and feel your best and even a minor change to our lifestyle can make a big difference.

Travel. If you’ve been driving the same route to work every day and staring at the same four walls for months or even years, it’s time to change things up. Take the scenic route to work. Switch up the d├ęcor in your office or workplace. And then request a vacation and travel to somewhere new.  Experiencing a new place can help you gain a new perspective.

Expand your network. Similar to the change in perspective you can gain from travel and experiencing a new place, is the benefit that comes from meeting new people, developing additional contacts, and expanding your network. Check out some local business meetups or conferences coming up and register.  Perhaps someone you meet can help put you on the path to the ideal job you brainstormed earlier.

Feeling stuck is not fun but there are steps you can take to get unstuck every day. Try one or more of the above, or come up with some strategies that work best for you, but make the effort today.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: How to Make a Vision Board

Each week we present our Daily Leap Career Video of the Week. The video we share presents news or advice related to career and life development, searching for a job, the economy and employment, and other career-related topics.

In the video below from Modern Health Monk, Alex Heyne discusses the importance of having a vision and focus for your future and shares a plan for creating a vision board. Watch the video for more.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: 5 Daily Exercises That Build Self-Discipline



This is our weekly roundup of some of the best career-related articles, interviews, blogs, etc., we've read during the week. We share them so you have some great resources to prepare you for the coming week. Enjoy!
  • 5 Signs That Show You're Manager Material: "You’re interested in stepping up into a management role with your current company, but there’s just one question that keeps nagging at you: Are you ready?"
  • 6 Things Successful People Do Before 9 am: "In the morning, you’re at your most energized and refreshed, and best prepared to take on a difficult task or project. You’ll be amazed at how much lighter it makes you feel for the rest of the day."

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

5 TED Talks to Inspire You in Your Career

Staying motivated in your career and developing your knowledge require you to apply some specific practices and habits. One of those habits should be regularly viewing inspiring and educational videos and listening to books and podcasts that can expand your knowledge.

There are many inspiring TED talks to view but check out the five career-related TED talks below to get you started.


It's never too late to reinvent yourself. Take it from Paul Tasner -- after working continuously for other people for 40 years, he founded his own start-up at age 66, pairing his idea for a business with his experience and passion.


What do you want to be when you grow up? Well, if you're not sure you want to do just one thing for the rest of your life, you're not alone.



Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership -- starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?"



What makes work satisfying? Apart from a paycheck, there are intangible values that, Barry Schwartz suggests, our current way of thinking about work simply ignores.

TED Fellow and Brazilian entrepreneur Bel Pesce breaks down five easy-to-believe myths that ensure your dream projects will never come to fruition.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Daily Leap Career Video of the Week: Designing Your Life for Discipline Rather Than Distraction

Each week we present our Daily Leap Career Video of the Week. The video we share presents news or advice related to career and life development, searching for a job, the economy and employment, and other career-related topics.

In the video below Brendon Burchard discusses designing your life to avoid distraction and allow time for focusing on important projects. Watch the video for more.

Friday, June 8, 2018

High 5 Weekly Career Transitions Roundup: Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid to Take Risks



This is our weekly roundup of some of the best career-related articles, interviews, blogs, etc., we've read during the week. We share them so you have some great resources to prepare you for the coming week. Enjoy!
  • 8 Surprising Strategies for Unstoppable Focus: "Get clear on precisely what you want, then move past any doubts or fears through massive, urgent action. Doing this is a mental game for me: I keep score on how well I've done each day."