We all want that dream job, right? You know, the one where we don’t feel like we have to go to work, and we don’t hate what we do. The job where we can build friendships and strong relationships with our co-workers, and the one where we don’t mind putting in that little extra effort if need be.
What if I said it was possible for all of us? What if I said that regardless of whether you wanted to be a carpenter or flight attendant, lawyer or consultant, that job is out there for you?
Now, before getting into how to find it, I don’t want to suggest that a dream job means any less work than a job we hate, and it doesn’t mean it doesn't come with bad days either—all jobs do. What I’m saying though, is that the old system doesn’t work as well as it should, and that there is a solution.
Chris Allis, founder of Hive, made an incredible point in saying that the average person goes to school for around 832 weeks and then proceeds to only look for a job for around four weeks. Something has to be wrong here, no? How can we spend .4% of the time finding a job as we do preparing for it?
The solution comes in two steps that we can all do at home by ourselves:
What many of us fail to realize is that in this day and age when work is something we do more than anything else, work has become a bigger identifier of who we are than we ever could have imagined. In many cases, we might actually spend more time with our co-workers than we do with our family.
With all this said, when was the last time there was any understanding or indication of who the people in the organization are, and what they valued? How do we learn and understand more about the experience of the job until we live it?
As of now, we don’t.
To answer these questions, consider deeper conversations with the HR individual vetting the position and having a coffee with a potential co-worker—should all things go well. If they don’t grant you the opportunity to do so, chances are you don’t want to work for the company. We’re long past the days of secrecy and a lack of transparency.
Finding that dream job isn’t as hard as we might think. Figure out what an ideal work environment is for you and take the time to find an organization that is intertested in creating a mutually beneficial environment.
If you're reading the same social posts I am and like to surround yourself with thought-leaders and changemakers like I do, you'll likely agree that thought-leadership is on the rise, and that content creation is mandatory to cultivate an audience. We have to stand out, and we have to be original.
But the world we live in is noisy right? And getting increasingly more so every day.
At a conference I spoke at in Beverly Hills in 2016, Guruduth Banavar, Vice President and Chief Science Officer, Cognitive Computing for IBM—also leading the cognitive systems for Watson—said that 90% of the information on the Internet today was put there in the past two years.
In addition, Cisco said that 2016 was the first year that a Zettabyte of information was transferred over the internet in a single year—a Zettabyte is 1e+15 MB!.
What this means is that there is more content, more information, and more noise online now than ever before—and it is only getting busier.
But if you’re an author and are working on being a thought-leader like I am, you were probably told that content is key, right?
Well, maybe not, if you’re looking to carve out your niche and be someone people look to for new information, a new way of thinking, and a new perspective.
The key to being a thought leader is originality and experience.
Think Dan Pink, Oprah, Gary Vaynerchuk, Rita McGrath, Simon Sinek, Tony Robbins, and many others.
What sets these people apart from other content creators is that their material is based on their experiences and what they’ve learned throughout the course of their lives.
When they create material, speaking from the heart and experience resonates much stronger to those who are listening because they aren’t twisting, molding, or tweaking something someone else has said before.
Too often, I hear people that talk about needing to ‘start with why’ because they heard it from an incredible thought-leader like Simon Sinek.
Now don’t get me wrong, he is just that, but that doesn’t make the material the ‘content creator’ produces unique. Instead, it just adds to the amount of content that is out there to read that doesn’t have the same punch’ if it had come from the person who came to that conclusion on their own.
For example, if I wrote an article talking about why you should ‘start with why’ because I read Simon’s book, that doesn’t make me a thought leader, it simply makes me good at digesting his experiences and adding a spin to make it my own.
But if you were to hear it from Simon, the source, he would be able to tell you exactly how and why he came up with the lesson he now spreads around the world. He is able to be a thought leader because he could articulate his personal experiences and is truly someone who is creating real, original content.
So, for those who are looking to be a stronger thought-leader as opposed to a content creator, my suggestion is to be present and clear about the life you are living today. Each day we learn new lessons based on our experiences and each lesson is a story that has value and could be shared. By doing this, and using yourself as an example, the content can’t be anything but original and the message being told is new—no other person will have had the same experience you did and learn what you did in that way.
Lead thought, don’t recycle it.
Educate, don’t re-educate.