A gardener will prune a tree to produce a strong, healthy, attractive plant. Here are a few tips from "The Adventures of Johnny Bunko" by Daniel Pink to help grow your career.
There is no plan
Life often gets in the way of our best plans. That is okay, because life has a way of getting us right where we need to be. However, that does not mean you will not get frustrated, especially when trying to figure out your career. There are a lot of places you can go for guidance as you move along your career path and people to help you adjust your course if needed. In other words, you will be able to re-plan your plan.
Think strengths, not weaknesses
There are ways to find out your strength and your case manager can help you. All you will have to do is take a quick assessment that shows what skills and interests you have and what jobs fit your personality. When that is done, see how your skills and interests align with Career Trees industries.
It’s not about you
This is just a good principle to keep in mind. The most successful people improve their lives by improving others' lives.
Persistence trumps talent
Keep at it! Life has its ups and downs. Just remember, the people who achieve the most are often the ones who stick with it when others do not. That is not to say you cannot change your mind. If you find yourself in a rut, visit your case manager to see what other directions you can go.
Make excellent mistakes
We are not telling you to mess up all the time. What we are saying is do not be afraid to take risks every once in a while. Make mistakes that come from having high aspirations, from trying to do something nobody else has done. However, making a mistake is useless if you do not learn from it and grow as a result. So, make good mistakes, and figure out how to become a better you because of them.
Leave an imprint
One day you are going to look back on all this and wonder what you have done. Why wait for 'one day' to think about the footprint you want to leave behind? What do you want to make an impact on? Need ideas? We love the questions Richard Bolles, author of "What Color is Your Parachute", asks...
- Mind: Do you want there to be more knowledge, truth, and clarity in the world?
- Body: Do you want there to be more wholeness, fitness, and health in the world, more feeding of the hungry and clothing of the poor?
- Eyes & Other Senses: Do you want there to be more beauty in the world, because you were here?
- Heart: Do you want there to be more love and compassion in the world?
- Will / Conscience: Do you want there to be more morality, justice, righteousness, and honesty in the world?
- Human Spirit: Do you want there to be more faith, compassion, and forgiveness in the world?
- Entertainment: Do you want there to be more lightening of peoples' loads, laughter, and joy in the world?
- Possessions: Do you want there to be better use of resources, more and savings in the world?
- Earth: Do you want there to be more protection of the planet and more exploration of the world?