THE HOOKUP: GETTING A JOB AS MEANS OF A RECOMMENDATION

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“Sometimes you need to know someone.”


not always what you know

People are always focusing on their qualifications for a job, but they are not really paying attention to the connections. Ever hear that saying, I ain’t what you know but who?” Well,  what happens when you don’t know anyone that can get you through the door? You now have to figure out a way to get noticed so that you you can be noticed by people who can aid you on your road to success. But, what if you never come in contact with those gate keepers? Does that mean you can never succeed in life? There is always a way around the obstacle to get to where you have to go.

you are the plug

What happens when you are the one that everyone wants to go to because you have the connections. Then you have not only a power position, but you are the one that has to deal with the upset when you say no to people. Trust and believe, it will happen because you can’t say no everyone. Because everyone think they are qualified for a role, but they are not. And you hate to be the one to tell them they are what is needed for a role. But you are also the one to tell them that you cannot recommend a job because deep down inside you know what that other organization is looking for. But you could also be wrong about this; I mean you are basing it on your own views of the person. People have been known to change.

unrelated yet similar in statement

When you are receiving a letter of recommendation, and each person has similar statements, yet unrelated, that says a lot. Especially if you have not been working with this organization for a while. That means you were a very memorable person. Memorable enough where they could write something compelling even after you left because there was a good impression by yourself.


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OVERQUALIFIED: WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN?

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“You have too much going on.”


a full résumé

Ever take a long look at your resume and thought to yourself, “I might be overqualified for the job I am seeking to attain. Some people don’t have a job at all, but are seeking employment. They are individuals that are willing to take the gig to hold them over until they find something else. Only problem with that is the employer is looking for someone with entry skills. I used to always think it was for reasons like the organization does not want to pay you what you are worth. And to a degree, there is reality there. But if you are applying for a job that you need and not really one that benefits your qualifications, then it could prove to hurt you once you do get that job that matches your qualifications.

don’t include everything

Whenever you decide to put together a resume, you need to understand something. You should not include everything you do. Because people may look at it, and think twice. You need a job, then you should put what is needed, but then you should also keep in mind that if there is too much it could hurt you. So just keep it in mind when you are compiling information.

throwing your hands up

When you are working a job where you are overqualified, then what you’re dealing with is dissatisfaction. Because the job will not only be a lack of a challenge, you’re also going to have no real ability to climb. Jobs where you can not really climb, you will start to resent it. Then you will throw your hands up and not have much motivation to do much of anything. So sometimes in need of a job, you will have to pass to keep from hating your job later. You will have a check, but resent the move.


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NOT THERE YET: HOW TO DEAL WITH NOT BEING WHERE YOU WANT TO BE

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“In the paradigm we feel failed.”


where am i at the moment

Ever get the feeling that you should be further in your career than you are at the moment? There is something holding you back and you can’t seem to get where you want to be. This is a feeling that so many people deal with on a daily basis. Trying to figure out why their lives are not in better places. And the biggest mistake we make a lot of times is comparing ourselves to the lives that other people have. The reality is, you shouldn’t want the lives others have, fight for the one you want instead. But it’s hard especially when you are young to grasp this concept. Because no matter your age, there is someone bigger than you in your position at your young age. And you must learn that when they are young, this an exception to the rule and not the standard.

not putting in enough

Work those mental muscles and stretch your mind further than you are stretching it now. This is something that takes a lot of time to master. And when I say time, I mean years of work. I am pursuing a career as an author/screenwriter. You have to know that this is a lifetime journey of ups and downs. If you want to be successful overnight then you’re going to have a problem. Because you hear nothing comes overnight, and that is true. It’s a cliche, yet the time put in means trying to make sense of the world around you so as to tell a story no one has told before. OR it could mean writing a similar story, but from a different point of view.

seeing the less talented prevail

There are the groups of people who slip through the cracks and become over the top successful without putting in much work. We look at them and can’t for the life us figure out why they have a platform. And should they or shouldn’t they is up for debate. But what I will say is this, most people who slip through the cracks don’t sustain over the long haul. They eventually fall off because they have never had to build through the adversity. Meaning we all have some point where we fall and have to get up. This is where they don’t get up because they never had to go through the bullshit. So they get stuck and enough time goes by where we think to ourselves where they went.


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CHOICES THAT SOUND GOOD: WHEN CHOOSING A CAREER BECAUSE THE LOOK OF IT

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“It just fits.”


why we work

So many people in America attain their jobs just because of the title alone. And you reading this post could potentially be that person. So what are my thoughts on people who have careers just because it sounds like a good thing to pursue. For me, I don’t really have a view on the matter as it pertains to criticism. I just hope you have realized that the decision you just made is very long term. So don’t make a now decision for life because your life really is predicated on what you do for a living. And if you do have a career that hopefully you can make a change, you do so before you retire never doing anything I actually love.

making others proud

Everyone want to be able to look at their child and say my kid graduated from medical school. My kid is now successful attorney at a well-known law firm. But no parent walks around bragging on the fact that their child a sanitation worker or mailman. But why, they are making an honest living and taking care of their families. It’s because parents like the idea of how it is received by others in society. So the kid does what the parent want and pursue their career. Only problem is, they will resent what they do if not happy. Or, they become dissatisfied and turn their frustration on the people at their jobs. And then your child becomes the one that people despise.

money is the goal

You want to make all this money, but you have to realize that money is not the initial thing you are trying to attain. You should be trying to gain as much experience as possible that is en lieu of you making money. Because the money is not immediate, so most people give up while in it. Having the tenacity to stick it out is important. But if you don’t have the tenacity move on, stop trying to appease other people.


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WORK FOR FUN: TURNING YOUR FUN INTO CAREER

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“Make it a vacation.”


my work is my fun

We all have these visions of this dream job that involves us working and living everyday like it’s your last. Having this great career that means you get paid to have your fun. But the reality is, very few people will ever get their dream job. The majority of people will never be able to experience that jittery night before Sunday going into the next week. They will experience I can’t wait until Friday feeling so I can get out of here feeling. And that is no way to live, but it’s a realization for so many. So how do you land that dream job so can do what you love instead of what you have to do?

time energy money

You want that dream job, but the only thing that is holding you back is what? Nothing really, unless you want to factor in the lack of confidence. For starters, the time it takes to put into a career, so many people are afraid of failing. So what they do is live their lives not ever pursuing because of the fear. The fear of putting a lot time into something and it not working. Then there is the energy on top of the time. We have to accept our reality while working a dream. And that means time on top of time, with working a day and pursuing at night. But wait a minute, then there is the money it takes. And I don’t mean rich, I mean not having a relationship or not hanging with friends. Why, so that all your pennies go toward what you want over time.

taking opportunities when they come

Not every opportunity come sin the form in which you want it. Sometimes it comes in the form of cashless services. But who in their right mind want to work for free. But there are times where no pay or low pay have provided people  with the ground work of doing so much in their lives. For me, it’s buying a camera with my own money and small equipment as well as making my own short films. This is the start for my career as a filmmaker, photographer, and author. Take the risk yourself early on, and then people will be willing to work with you.


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I HATE YOU FOR YOUR SUCCESS: WHY SOME MAY HATE YOU FOR YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS

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“Your life their entertainment.”


self loath

I spoke in short about this very particular topic in the past. And that is that be prepared for you career to bring in hate as you climb the ladder to success. Because people will use your success as a means to understand why they are not achieving in their own lives. There will be all types of reasons as to how you had a different opportunity than they themselves had. But the reality is, very few people as oppose to the majority have a story that made it difficult for them to succeed. A lot more people just settled into a life, and or did not want to put in the time it takes to formulate into the person they wanted to become.

they hate you most the closer they are

You ever see a successful entertainer come out of their city and become a hit elsewhere. They are the most hated in their hometown the most. Why, well when you are from one place, they remember what you used to be. And it doesn’t dawn on them why you are who you are now. But most of all, you are a reminder of the time they wasted not doing anything. Now, if you come from a small place, then the hate will really grow because you found a way out of a situation so many want to do. I saw this first hand with a professional athlete from my small city. As with so many who were able to go on a do great things, so many didn’t. And he was a former street kid, turned athlete. So he really had people that were hurt over their situation.

how do you respond

How do you plan on approaching the hate yourself? That is the only thing you need to know. And if you are able to approach the situation and deal with it, then fine. And it should be a easy decision because someone else’s bad decisions have nothing to do with you.


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THEY MADE IT AND SO CAN YOU: HOW IT WAS DONE IN WORSE TIMES

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“The grind has yo frustrated.”


the come up is real

As you will begin to grow your career, you will run into a lot of doubts along the way. And reasons for this is because you don’t have the experience to deal with the adversity. But understand that you are not alone. Anyone that has been in you position or looked like you has had to endure the same struggle. And if hey made it through, you will as well. In a world where everything is instant, you can’t understand that, but it’s true. And what’s sad is there will be even less people in future successful than the past because we compare to others and get down on ourselves. We have to allow ourselves a period to fall and then get up.

everything is lost in a paradigm

While we are in the building stage everything seems to be a failure and not working. Today, I have not gotten much done because the greater portion of the day I have been a little less motivated. But I have managed to punch out some type of post for today’s topic. And that is how it is some days. Others days you’re rocking and rolling, but then you have the moments you have nothing to give. But since starting my blog I have close to 1,000 posts. So, in the paradigm there is nothing, but when you look at the overall big picture, there is a lot. So stop looking at the now, and look for years down the line.

learn from the down times

Take the time for when you are stuck in life to reflect on the point up to now. You have to look at life and think to yourself, how good is your life as oppose to the past. If you’re in a better space to whatever degree than the past you are making progress. And don’t worry, there are plenty of people who have been in your place and are in your place. You are not some special case, or require an accommodation.


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