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1. You’ll start by creating a vision for your life and career. Your vision can change over time and it undoubtedly will, but at every point you’ll be following a path that you laid out for yourself rather than somebody else’s plan for you, or no plan at all.
2. When you need money and you can’t find a career-type job, take a survival job. Don’t make the mistake of deciding, “Now that I have this low-level job, I’m a low-level employee. I’ll have to beg and grovel to get a better job.” Use the survival job to earn enough money to live on while you’re seeking a better job. Never, ever turn off the “available” light on your taxi cab!
3. Decide for yourself what you want to do next at each point in your career. Don’t be seduced by a manager who tells you, “You could have a great career in this company!” Talk is cheap. Stay in control of your forward motion and if it slows down to an unacceptable degree, move on!
4. Know yourself. Most folks rely on other people to tell them what they should be doing professionally. If you want to achieve career self-determination, you have to be honest with yourself and you have to look in the mirror. You don’t have to feel bad about anything in your past, because it is impossible to make a mistake as long as you get the learning from every experience.
5. When you take a new job, make sure it’s because you like and trust the people, not because they offer you a fancy title or a big salary. A lot of jobs that look good from the outside are rotten on the inside and will make you sick. Listen to your gut above every other guide!
6. Keep in mind that you are a consultant and the CEO of your own career, whether you work for a big corporation, a tiny startup or yourself. How you get paid is a detail. Mike remained the CEO of his own career through six or eight job changes and he’s not ready to give up that title yet!
7. Get a Consulting Business Cardand begin to think of yourself as a consultant who solves problems for clients, even if you’re not ready to take on clients yet. Give out your consulting business card instead of any business card your employer gives you. Make a plan for your fledgling consulting business. What kinds of services will you offer? What problems will you solve for your clients? How much will you charge them for your services?
8. Get A Journal and write in it every day or as often as you have time. Write about your career and your plans for your life. Write about your goals and setbacks. Write about your feelings and your dreams and ideas. You are cooking up something magnificent. Get it out of your head and onto the page!
9. Choose carefully who to spend time with. Your time is your most precious resource. Spend as much time as possible with people who grow your flame and avoid people who suck your life force away.
10. Finally, find your voice and advocate for yourself. Every successful person has had to face a lot of naysayers and haters and they’ve had to walk away from situations that were not a good fit. You will not be successful by trying to please everyone or by letting yourself become a doormat. Speak up and say what you feel. Not everyone will like it. You might even get fired once or twice. It’s not a big deal and getting fired will actually make you stronger and more convicted. To be successful, you have to give up the idea that you can play it safe and still achieve your dreams.