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Finding Your Employement Niche
Most workers dont know what they want to do. This leads to stress, confusion and unhappiness as they drift from job to job. The days of having one job for life have mainly passed us by. We need a broad education so that we can move from one occupation to another with relative ease. Then we need to specialize in one area and find a mentor to become an expert.
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Why are there so much stress and unhappiness in the work force? One reason is that 95% of workers never find their niche. Most of them drift through life taking whatever job they can get. Although one can make a living in this manner, it would be much more enjoyable and profitable to find what fits your talents.
The trouble is that many dont have a clue what they want to do. It is impractical to try every position. The first thing you need to do is evaluate your talents and what is attractive to you. Investigate the abilities needed for the jobs that appeal to you. Talk to people in those jobs to get a feel for them.
Technical schools do a good job training students to do the work, but if that job ever becomes obsolete you would have to start over. A good college education gives a broad enough education that you can change occupations without too much sweat. If you have to continue working, perhaps you could go to night school, get on the job training, or opt for a correspondence course. If you are in a position to afford college, take courses that relate to the jobs you are interested in. Narrow the field so that you can focus on what best fits your talents. Some fields are related and a knowledge of the basics permits you to move from one to the other.
If you cant go to college, a technical school is the next best thing. The best schools provide hands on experience with what you will be working with, on the job. Correspondence courses give you the facts and may provide kits for some experience. Unfortunately, you sometimes have questions that are difficult to get explained by mail. What you have pondered for months could be explained in a moment in a resident school. Some first go to college and then to a technical school.
You need to do what you have a passion for. Focus on the one thing you want to do and use your energy to learn all you can about it and become an expert. You feel much less stress if you love your work. If you hate your job, it is as if you have lead shoes. If you love it, its like you are floating on air. The key to becoming an expert in any field is to find a mentor. You need someone to take you under their wing and show you the ropes. Sometimes a fellow worker who has experience can show you what you are doing wrong and explain what you dont understand.
You may want to try your hand at an internet business. This has many advantages, but its not for everyone. Being the owner of a business means that you are in charge of everything. Some can function in this manner, but many dont know how to handle a broad scope of authority. In this case you may be better off specializing in one area of work.
Use your imagination. Discover what you have a passion for and reach for the stars. Taking whatever position you can find, is more stressful and much less thrilling, than following your dream. Develop a single chief aim to train for the job you want, and be the best you can be.
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Five Steps to Goal-Setting
What would you like to achieve in your lifetime? Author Basil S. Walth once said, "If you don't know where you are going, how can you expect to get there?"
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What would you like to achieve in your lifetime?
Author Basil S. Walth once said, "If you don't know where you are going, how can you expect to get there?" These are words well spoken, because whether you're working toward freelancing full-time or selling your novels, you need a roadmap.
Goals are indispensable. They provide direction, long-term vision and short-term motivation. They separate the important from the irrelevant. Goals also build self-confidence by helping you grow as an individual.
Olympic athletes, successful business people, and (hint
) bestselling writers are goal setters. You aspire to greatness too, don't you? If you do, and you're not already setting goals, now is the perfect time to start.
Five Things to Remember When Setting Goals:
1. Write Goals Down
Always jot down your goals-this is powerful. The process of physically seeing your goals helps crystallize them in your mind. This process also better enables you to commit to them.
Interesting Fact: A popular Harvard Business School study once found that only 3% of the population records their goals in writing. Another 14% have goals but don't write them down, whereas 83% do not even have clearly defined goals. More interesting is that this 3% earned an astounding ten times that of the 83% group!
2. Make Goals Short, Attainable, & Measurable
Set attainable short-term goals that can be measured. This means setting quantifiable goals.
Here are some examples:
Commit to writing a certain number of words each week
Submit at least two articles a week
Find two new markets each week
Take at least one writing course a year
Attend at least one writer's conference a year
Make your goals attainable so you won't get discouraged. The short-term goals above are attainable for me, but they may not be for you. Or maybe for you, my short-term goals aren't challenging enough.
Goals are very individual. You have to set your own goals
remember, you're charting your own course to success!
On the other hand, don't set wimpy goals simply because you're afraid to fail. Talane Miedaner, author of Coach Yourself to Success (McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books, 2002) notes: "People sometimes give themselves 'weeny' goals-they play it safe so they don't fail
But the bigger the goal, the more likely you are to achieve it."
3. Create Deadlines
Without deadlines, your goals are merely dreams. Set deadlines for both short- and long-term goals, and I promise, you'll get there sooner!
Remember that deadlines can be flexible. Life changes and so do goals. Never be afraid to adjust the timeframe for a goal. What's important is to keep moving forward.
4. Look at your goals everyday!
Visual aids are an effective way to program your brain.
Reading and re-writing goals are two very effective visual aids. By physically rewriting your goals and pasting them in places you regularly frequent, you make them more real in your mind.
I read an article in this month's Shape magazine that inspired me. The author mentioned that before Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of the bestselling book & Oprah Pick Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy (Warner Books, 1995) became a bestselling author, she pasted her name on the #1 spot of the New York Times bestseller list and posted it on her computer. Visual Aids like these give you that extra ammunition that will make a difference.
5. Make Goal Setting a Routine
Begin every morning with a "To Do" list. This will help you organize and better manage your time. Plus, your goals will be right smack under your nose every day. Do not get discouraged over any unfinished items. Simply transfer them to the next morning's list.
The above said, keep your goals front and forward in your mind. Remember...you only get one chance to live your dreams!
In the words of Cecil B. De Mille: "The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication."