A book review on awesome book by Jocelyn K. Glei and Scott Belsky of the same title, Maximize Your Potential, Grow Your Expertise,Take Bold Risks and Build an Incredible Career.
“Follow your passion” may be the most common advice job seekers received, but many would have heed it to their own detriment. Unfortunately, chasing our passion might turns out not to be relevant to most jobs,though other strong motivations may prevail.
Take myself for example, I love reading, but reading won’t put food on the table, and my blog (the website your currently reading) is not earning enough money to event buy me a pack of instant noodles. Other than that, I really enjoy writing, and I still enjoy reading & sharing my notes with all of you, but as I mentioned before, it doesn’t earn enough (yet) for me to quit my day job.
On top of that, another common delusion is that we can achieve anything including career success with willpower. It takes a lot more of willpower to succeed in this world. Regrettably, that’s not how things usually work. Willpower is a circumscribed resource that can fade quickly. So what does work? Lets find out.
Here’s what we should do
Most people want jobs that let them to do what they love . However, trying to “follow your passion” is poor career-planning advice.
Regard your career as a start-up; position yourself as the entrepreneur who plans and manages it.
Manage your income like you would a company,makes sure you always maintain a healthy cash-reserves, and a positive net-worth. This will save a lot of headaches and heartaches later on.
Always view yourself as a work-in-progress. You can be much more in the future than you are today.
The capability to acquire new skills is today’s most valuable asset. Therefore, make continuous improvement daily on your skill sets and knowledge. Kaizen is the keyword here.
The status quo is your enemy.
Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare your work today to your own previous best efforts.
With practice, most people can become expert at just about anything.
The job you do matters less than attaining the lifestyle attributes that make you happy.
Lucky people make their own luck in their careers and their lives.
Employers want to hire adaptive, inventive people.
The above quotes are among the best quotes I’ve love from Kung Fu Panda trilogy.
But, how does it relates to us and our lives.
A Better You waits in the wings.
Your Better You works harder than the standard you. Your Better You procrastinates less. Step up and claim this admirable Better You. Your Better You is your “believable possible.” Each successful person has his or her own believable possible.
Lets look at some role models with this respect
For Bruce Lee, becoming the world’s most deadly fighter was his believable possible.
For Muhammad Ali, becoming the world’s most successful boxer was his believable possible.
Your believable possible live in the Better You at your core. You tap into your Better You with every positive action. It will direct you to the satisfying career you should and could have. This and more will become possible when you put your Better You in charge.
ever become too comfortable in your job – If you feel that you’re in an easy rut, strive to find and take on new challenges. Remember this basic truth: “The status quo is your enemy.”
In order for us to build a satisfying, successful career and move ahead in life, we must create promising opportunities for ourselves.
This however would requires developing impressive expertise and cultivating meaningful relationships and a huge continuous effort from us. And we must be bold and ready to take risks.
So, lets set out to accomplish these steps:
Develop a career plan – Adapt it as needed. Have an A plan, a B plan and a Z plan. I have a plan, do you? And if my plan A doesn’t work, I still have plan B to plan Z.
Never become too comfortable in your job – If you feel that you’re in an easy rut, strive to find and take on new challenges. Remember this basic truth: “The status quo is our enemy and complacency is never bliss.”
When it comes to your work, think big – Don’t see your job as just a job. Elevate your thinking. Make your job your mission.
Work with full intention – Make a conscious degree of focus one of your defining personal characteristics. Operate so that your opportunities bump up against your interests and skills.
You’re not perfect – Don’t try to be flawless. Messing up occasionally is human and acceptable. But learning from your mistakes is one of the most effective paths to growing professionally.
Build new skills in “sprints” – To master new skills, engage in intense, distraction-free work-study sessions or sprints. Schedule regular breaks for temporary decompression.
Seek challenges – It’s the “hard stuff,” not the “easy stuff” that challenges you and enables you to build new capabilities and skills.
Build the right habits – You are more likely to excel when you make your positive behaviors automatic or habitual. Solidify one good, new habit every month. Classic conditioning is a great tool for changing your habits. It calls for being consistent in practicing new behaviors.
Maintain a journal – Maintaining a journal gives you an opportunity to reflect daily on your life and to learn from your actions and behaviors. I used my blog as my journal, easy to update, and easy to access. And I also have a hard cover journal which I loved. Your preference is yours, but the essence is, you need one, you need a journal.
Seek help from people you trust – You don’t have to do everything alone. There’s a saying, “if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together.”
Promote diversity – Diversity promotes cross-pollination of new ideas. It encourages original thinking and breeds creativity.
Give your team members a chance to shine – As a leader, you don’t always have to shine, but you should make sure that the other members of your team shine. Build on their skills and ideas. Give team members credit for their accomplishments.
Don’t let fear of failure paralyze you – Always default to action.
Make small bets, but make them – Be cautious when you begin new initiatives. Small bets make more sense than big one. The more bets you make, the better chance you have that one will hit.
You can’t avoid uncertainty – Uncertainty is a basic condition of life. Regard uncertainty as a possibility, not a problem.
Persist – To come out on top, persist regardless of obstacles.
Be your own entrepreneur – Think of your career as a start-up and of yourself as the entrepreneur planning and managing this start-up.
Become the “best-connected person” – When it comes to networking, strive to be the best-connected person, not the “most-connected person.” Possessing a fat address book with many names means nothing if the people listed aren’t real allies who will collaborate and help you when necessary.
Learn to build new skills – The best possible skill is the ability to develop new skills.
Believe that you can improve – If you don’t believe that you can move beyond your current abilities, you won’t. Avoid self-defeating, self-fulfilling doubts.
Practice – You can’t master any skill without extensive practice. Leverage the “power of ritual” to manage your practice sessions. Practice at the same time each day so practicing becomes habitual.
Rest – You can’t practice, learn or work if you don’t get enough rest. Sleep at least eight hours a night and nap for 20 to 30 minutes during the day.
Do the jobs you delegate – Monsieur Pitard, the top chef of the Hotel Majestic in Paris, cooked one dish a week himself instead of delegating it his staff. Do some of the work you assign to others to keep your skills fresh.
Always ask – You can learn a lot from other people and advance your career in the process. Don’t hesitate to ask questions to build your knowledge.
Build social contracts – Management expert Peter Block developed the concept of social contracting. That’s when you agree up front with your partners or collaborators on how you and they will work together. Get them to answer these questions: “What do you want?” “Where might you need help?” “When you had a really good working relationship in the past, what happened?” “When things go wrong – as they inevitably will – how shall we manage that?”
“Start any new project or endeavor by saying to yourself, ‘I may not get the hang of this right away. I’m going to make mistakes, and that’s okay’.”
“Lucky people take advantage of chance occurrences that come their way.”
They don’t go through life “on cruise control,” according to Tina Seelig, executive director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. In her view, lucky people make their own luck unless of course if the ‘luck’ are from lucky draws, lottery, or even good looks. Since that aren’t actually something that we can control. But here are 2 essential ingredients of luck which we can control, (1) our preparation, (2) our focused and concentrated efforts, (3) our willingness to give our all when an opportunity presents itself.
And so can you if you keep an open mind, recognize the opportunities in new experiences and stay ready to jump at promising openings when they present themselves. No one knows what the future holds, but even amid uncertainty, you can prepare for your future and develop your career. Just as clearly reminded by God Al-Mighty in his holy book,
Heed these tips:
“Look beyond the job title, and focus on your mission” – Job titles can be cages which can be a prison for life, if we let it. Why confine yourself to a job and title that may be obsolete by next year? Instead, direct your attention to what you want to accomplish and put your energies into that. For example, you might tell yourself, “I want to invent a new business model for online publishing,” and then focus on your ambition.
“Explore new technologies with enthusiasm” – “If you are in school today the technologies you will use as an adult tomorrow have not been invented yet,” says Wired co-founder Kevin Kelly. Technology moves so fast that mastering the latest high-tech gizmo may not turn out to be a smart use of your time. Instead, become knowledgeable about technology on a macro level. Experiment with new technology to learn what works best for you right now. What counts most is remaining aware of all the amazing high-tech developments now underway.
“Make a habit of helping people whenever you can” – In a co-dependent world, where relationships count most, always be helpful. This is good for your career, and it’s the moral way to live. If you are generous with others, they will be generous with you.
“Be proactive about taking on additional responsibilities and pitching new projects” – According to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, employers want to hire those who can devise, mold and recreate their work every day. Become this type of employee by embracing and expressing your inspiration daily.
Always ask, “What’s next?” – Most people move to new jobs every few years. These inescapable changes require preparedness, an alert mind, an adaptive personality and a “what’s next?” attitude.
“All human beings are entrepreneurs. When we were in the caves, we were all self-employed…finding our food, feeding ourselves.”
Remember the scene in the movie, Central Intelligence where Kevin Hart admits that, “I’m good at what I do, you love your job”, when his wife quizzed him on his job.
Now, lets consider a real world example . . .
Consider the impressive career of environmental journalist Bill McKibben. While at Harvard as an undergraduate, he began to write for The Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper. By graduation, he was its editor. This brought McKibben to the attention of William Shawn, editor of the New Yorker magazine. Shawn hired him to contribute to the magazine’s up-front Talk of the Town section.
“The most important skill in the age of flux is the ability to get new skills. To constantly be open to new areas of learning.”
After five years, he quit the New Yorker and moved to the Adirondacks to live in a secluded cabin where he wrote The End of Nature, which is now considered as one of the crown jewels of environmental journalism. Since then, McKibben has written numerous books and has become a well-known environmental activist. Now that is an awesome achievements.
His work-life path offers two valuable lessons for plotting a career:
“What you do for a living matters less than you think” – McKibben enjoys his life as a writer. Nevertheless, as an environmentalist, he could have achieved similar job satisfaction as a professor or as the head of a non-profit educating others about the environment. Besides his calling as a writer, what seems to matter most to McKibben is having autonomy and contributing to improving the world. This aligns with the life experiences of many successful people. What makes them most happy are not the gritty details of their work, but the satisfying high-quality lifestyle they’ve been able to attain.
Skill precedes passion – McKibben began at Harvard without any experience in journalism. As a young writer, he would overwrite his pieces many times, a common failing among people learning the writer’s craft. While at Harvard, McKibben wrote upward of 400 articles for The Crimson. He used his years at Harvard and at the New Yorker to develop and polish his skills as a writer and journalist. People who fulfill their passion first must put in the time and effort to become experts at what they do.
“By changing your habits, you reprogram the behaviors that control most of your life and ultimately determine your success.”
A strong passion about how you want to make a living can be a positive force. But making the ability to follow your passion your only job criteria isn’t a smart strategy. Achieving career satisfaction depends on many factors besides passion.
“Focus means changing only one habit at a time…spend at least one month exclusively on one habit.”
I’ve been thinking about sharing my downloadable notes online, and maybe I could earn some money thru it without being a burden to the downloaders. So, here are some of the websites which I’m considering.
If you guys have any experience on this, appreciate if you could share in the comments section below.
Top File sharing site to earn online:
1. DepositFiles.com :
Its one of the best file sharing website and provides the maximum income without annoying any of your users. You can make upto 25$ for every 1000 downloads. The minimum payout is 10$ through PayPal and other websites. It also organizes Promotions and competitions for its active users. So, its the perfect place to earn by uploading your files. You get 20% of earnings of invited referrals and lots of more features. You can checkout everything on their site. If you want to make the maximum out of your files, keep reading.
2. Dollar upload :
It pays 1$ for every single download which makes 1000$ for 1000 downloads. But, the users have to complete a survey which is pretty annoying in many cases. However, its a fair game if you are providing free softwares or anything. They pay you on weekly basis through Payoneer and PayPal. The best part of this is, they even provide direct bank transfer which is more easy and fast as compared to other payment methods. They provide local bank transfer, wire transfer, and US ACH using the lowest fees in the industry.
ShareCash is a revolutionary website that pays you real cash everytime your files are downloaded. It promises to pay atleast 1$ for every single download. You can also make upto 20$ from every download depending on the country. The only thing that annoys me a lot is the survery. The users need to complete a survey to get the download link, which is pretty annoying. So, it depends on you if you want your user’s faith or money. Entirely depends on you.
FileFactory is a leading provider of unlimited free file hosting from 2005. The maximum file size upload is 5GB. The download pages are pretty clean and user friendly, so you can share your files on FileFactory. It provides upto 40$ for every 1000 downloads depending on the countries and the file size. It provides 90% commission from each sale through your link. For more details you can check the affiliate section of their website.
5. CostAction.com :
As you can see from the front page, you can make upto thousand dollars a week. The site read as, you get paid for every download and sale premium access on your file (If a user gets a Premium Account of their site through your link, you get a particular share of that income). Its like a free income through your online uploads.
6. Filebucks.org :
File bucks allows to customize your download pages using their easy to use editor. They carry our a survery during every download but provides high download rate for every single download. It pays through PayPal and provides only 500MB of storage. They also have a 24/7 Support to solve any of your queries or issues.
Which one should I choose?
If you don’t want to annoy your users in any way and provide a simple download layout, maybe I should go for Depositefiles or Filefactory. But, if you are sharing some data or files of great importance like some free softwares, users will download it surely.