Owner of your life, career and future
Are you ready to own your career, life and future? I have talked to many job clubs and leaders of other organizations about what they see with their constituents. Many have told me that when we reached the 18-month threshold of the COVID-19 epidemic fatigue began.
There is a perception that people in the second half of life do not take ownership and may give up at least temporarily.
At the same time, I read a lot of books written about the future. This includes:
The common theme for all of these books is that now is the time to take ownership. Owner of your career, life and future.
Owner of who you are (your life)
Michael Clinton’s book, Roar: Into the second half of your life (before it’s too late) Part B is called “Who are you?”
Michael begins this part of the book with the following:
We all have a past. We all have a charge. We all have moments of volleyball, cana and consumption. We all come from this past to face our future. You are made up of these experiences, and there is not much you can do about them right now. You have to hold them as what makes you special and unique.
Since many of you have crossed the long-term unemployment threshold, 6 months (many have gone far beyond that), now is the time to embrace where you are in your career.
The plague has forced many to re-approach what they are doing in their careers. Are they willing to let go of what has not worked in the last 18 months in finding a job and embrace what is there?
In my discussions with the heads of labor clubs, what I have heard is that some have returned to work in contract positions. This is not what they want. They want a full-time job with benefits and especially health insurance.
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Others are afraid to go back to the office for fear they might get sick.
Whatever the barriers, you have to keep it!
Owner of your career
Andy Storch’s book, Ownership of your career Ownership of your life: Stop getting carried away and take control of your future Part A is called “Owning Your Career.”
Andy writes the following:
For this book, when I say “the owner of your career” or “the owner of your life,” it means taking full responsibility and being guided in your actions. That means you have an idea of where you want to go, prepare a plan and then take steps to get there. That means you are not waiting for others to tell you what to do or where to go. That means you are not blaming others for your problems.
Now is the time to re-approach where you want to be in the future.
Andy talks about the need to set a vision. I know for all Of my organizational career I had no vision. I went from job to job, did a career axis along the way but there was no overall vision, just what I wanted to do next.
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As you have a vision Does your career have a purpose? Does your career or more important to your life have a “why”?
Why do you do what you do?
I know myself until I had my almost fatal bike accident almost 20 years ago, I had no “why”. I did things I was good at and got paid for. It was only during my recovery from the bike accident that I started asking why I do what I do. I then spent the next 10 years figuring out what my goal was.
For me finding my goal was really hard and by and large I did it inside my head. I was not looking for help like I did before with big decisions. Find my purpose? I did not know how to do it. I used to just hang out in my career.
Owner of your future
Diana W. David’s book, Proof for the future: reinventing work in the age of acceleration Chapter 1 is called The Future of Work.
Diana writes the following:
Globalization, disruptions and longevity come together to change the way we work and the way people see the future of work. For the most part, we see the future of work as confusing. The constant mention of accelerating change gives us travel sickness. Our eyes twinkle from reading Doomsday headlines in the press …
This was written before the COVID-19 epidemic. I highly recommend you listen to my conversation with Diana in the podcast episode, Future Proof: Reinventing Work in the Age of Acceleration with Diana Wu David [Podcast].
Almost everything Diana wrote before the plague happens but only faster. Now is the time to take control of your future instead of letting others control your future. Diana breaks down your future control into 3 steps:
- Learn: How and why the world of work is changing
- Cultivate: The virtues remain involved and relevant
- Maximum: The impact of your actions
Take time to carefully plan how you are going to plan and take control of your future in the post-COVID-19 world.
Just own it!
Except for a few epidemiologists, no one has predicted what has happened in the last 18 months. Now is the time to own the situation you are in and take action!
Just like Nike’s slogan, Just do it, Now I want to tell you Just own it!
What is your first step?
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