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

Man With Hand on Temple Looking at Laptop

“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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WHY DO YOU SHOW UP EVERYDAY: WHAT IS YOUR CAREER PURPOSE

Man in Blue Suit

“Why do you work?”


the 9-5

There are so many reasons for why someone might pursue a career. But what is your purpose for being in this career field. Because a great deal of your life is predicated on what you do for a living. So without a purpose you can easily find yourself in a rut and become depressed. Is it all for the money, career advancement, the title, the company, the validation of association, etc. I can’t tell someone what to follow or how to pursue. Just know and understand what comes with the career you will be pursuing. Because we have an idea of a career and then there are the realities of the career.

beware 

Are you prepared to give over your life to the climb? Do you want to know what it’s like to miss out on so much in your life? Well, it may be the downside to having the career that you do. And that’s when so many people fall off the career wagon. They settle for something less because they don’t want all their time being taken up by this career. Yet, when they settle, they usually watch someone put in the time and skyrocket to something great. So beware of what your life could become by pursuing that dream job.

all those years prior

Leading up to your success, you are a work horse. And the day times are going to be the defining moments that will push you through these rough times. But the years of struggling will also be the reason you fight so hard to stay in the game. It is so much work that people work double sometimes triple overtime to make their lives work. Yo don’t want all that work to go to waste for nothing after putting in so much.


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PUT IT BACK IN: REINVESTING BACK INTO YOUR CAREER

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“Let it keep growing.”


doubling down

You want to put yourself in position to do bigger things with your career, you need to always put back in to your career. And that does not always have to be reinvesting money back in. This could mean making decisions that are better which will place you in a specific space for you to make more money. Because whatever you did to get yourself to this place may require you to recycle some of that knowledge in order for yourself to move into another space. Well, how do you recycle that information to make yourself better at what you do? Well, how did you get the information you have now? The same work, but a lot more research than prior.

coming home to work after work

When you get off work and come home, what are you doing that will further aid you in career advancement? Because coming home sleeping saying I’m tired is not enough. You have to be willing to do more and put out more. So go to trade shows, attend conferences, have meetups, do more that will allow you to meet people in your career field. Just working 8 hours per day, 5 days a week does nothing but make you expert in that particular area. But once that area is recycled with something better you lose. So staying ahead of the curb is crucial in your long term success. Now, on the other hand, you can choose not to do so, but the people who make those sacrifices will win.

losing people in life

Remember something in life, that is not everyone is going to be with you on your journey through life. You are going to lose people simply because the direction your’re headed, they are going in another direction. And over time you tend you lose touch. It’s not something that is malicious, you just do. Especially if you want to build your career, you will lose time with them as you climb. Some will understand your work you must put in, the others will fall and move on. It’s a necessary evil, but you have to do it.


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YOU’RE NOT LOW ON TIME: WHY YOU SHOULD SLOW DOWN AND FOCUS IN A CAREER

 

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“Learn to take your time.”


move fast at a slow pace

You don’t feel like your life is moving fast enough, and you don’t have enough success in your career, you know what, slow down. You are in a rush to go nowhere fast. You’re not running out of time. Yes, if the doctor gives you less than a year to live, then you are pressed for time. But if you are living your daily life, you are not as pressed for time. Take things slow and allow them to formulate. You’re not in this weird space of losing. And the only reason you do is because in real time, everything is more detrimental than it really is in life. So how do you deal with the issues in your head?

psychology is strong

Saying to someone just breathe and that helps is kind of dishonest. That is not true, almost like people say breathe when you are shot, and that effects something. And in a way yes, but let’s be honest, that is bad advice. You are in panic mode because you didn’t attempt to plan out anything early on. So the feeling that everything is going bad starts to set in because you didn’t plan. We tend to spend a lot of our time doing whatever ails us. Then once enough time pass we feel pressed. Yes, you have reason to panic because you have done nothing in 5 – 7, or 7 – 10 years. Now you’re panicking. But if you are 19 years old worried about success, you’re crazy to think so. I am 31 and looking forward to the next 10 – 15 years. But how do you get people to think in that context?

a culture of now

I have written about this in past post about being in this world of the now in America. We look at our lives in the now, and it becomes a bleak existence to us. So since it does not happen in the now, we think there is something wrong with the world. When in reality, the world is the world, you need to prepare and build over time.


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