Knowing where to find trustworthy information about career options can be a challenge. That’s why I wanted to share this information about a helpful new addition for your reinvention toolkit.
I have a favor to ask of you …
When you think, dream or ponder your semi-retirement career, what questions come to mind?
What concerns do you have?
What information would you find most helpful – inspirational success stories, information about courses, help with figuring out what you want to do or ___________(fill in the blank)?
While I normally write about career issues, this little tidbit I recently heard on NPR about how to undo a sent e-mail is simply too good not to share.
I mean, let’s be honest. Who among us hasn’t experienced that sinking “Oh @*$#!!!” feeling when we realized that we hit the send button just a wee bit too soon? And besides, think of the humiliation it could potentially save you in your professional life!
What’s the single biggest factor in career and reinvention success?
Smarts? Pedigree? Connections? Education? Hard work and sacrifice?
All of these factors are undeniably important. But nearly two decades experience as a career coach has taught me that the single most important element behind career and reinvention success is a positive attitude.
As Shawn Achor writes in his international bestseller, Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change, “Only once we learn to see the world through a more positive lens can we summon all our motivation, emotion, and intelligence to achieve our personal and professional goals.”
I’m generally not much of a sports nut, but since my days as a student at UNC, I’ve always loved watching college basketball. It’s a fast moving game filled with lead-changing moments: a slam-dunk or a three-point shot that seals a victory during the final seconds of play.
During March Madness, you see lots of heart-stopping plays as teams battle their way to the Final Four. The networks (who need to fill endless hours of broadcast time) replay those spectacular plays over… and over… and over again.
By the final weekend of the tournament the networks compile that footage into “highlight reels” that show off the very best moments from all the different games. These video montages are admittedly sappy and slick, but I still love watching them. In a world where we spend far too more time on negativity, it’s nice to focus on the positive every once in a while.
So what do these sports reels have to do with your career?