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October 1, 2020
Good morning! Happy October. Do you think we will end this month with some candy from trick or treating, or something less sweet?
“What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?”
– Robert H. Schuller
LEADERS & INFLUENCERS: Learn from the best
Part 1: Satya Patel
This week, on leaders and influencers, we sat down with Satya Patel, Director of Career Content at Teal. For those who may have missed our Achievers Armory back in June, Teal provides a modern-day approach to career development and job searching. Satya serves as the main lead for creating content and curriculum for Teal’s various career coaching programs.
A key part of her role and the mission at Teal is to help people change careers into something they enjoy. To make such a significant life change, “a growth mindset is crucial,” says Patel. “In our Career Shift program, we help people navigate a career change; we emphasize having a growth mindset. This is crucial to this process since we have seen people with this mindset be more successful in making either job or career transitions.”
A growth mindset is something we often talk about here in The Achiever, and it’s interesting to see it applied. You may think you are simply moving from one job to another, but it is much deeper than that. You are making a fundamental shift to attempt something new and challenging. Therefore, you must work to develop the type of mindset and attitude to match. Since Satya works with people every day on career transitions, we wanted to ask what specific advice she would have for our readers who may think of doing the same thing.
“I would first get clear on why you want to make the change. Then, do some assessment work by identifying your personal attributes, values, skills, and interests. I think it’s worth taking the time to explore what you want less of and what you want more of to help you determine your motivation to change careers. Once you know what you want, the next part is to explore what is out there and where you would fit based on your self-assessment data. This part involves exploring companies, industries, job roles to learn about all of your possible options. A big part of the research involves talking to people in the various roles that you are exploring to get a better sense of if it would align with what you are looking for.”
For some of you, what Satya is saying might hit home. Perhaps you are ready to make a career change but were unaware of how to begin such a complicated process. Satya has laid out your first steps for you to follow, and tomorrow she will help you overcome the obstacles you may encounter on your journey to change.
Check back tomorrow for the final part of our conversation with Satya Patel. We talk about the most common obstacles people face when changing careers and how she personally avoids burnout.
ACHIEVERS’ ARMORY: Equip yourself with proven tools & tactics
Your New Logo, In Minutes
Most, if not, all brands have logos! Some are iconic and have become the face of the brand. Others exist to fill space on websites and social media pages. Regardless, it’s universally expected that your company has a logo. However, if you are a small business or have a side hustle, you may not have the time, budget, creative juices, or artistic ability to create a logo.
Logo Maker Shop is a mobile app that helps you create a modern, appealing logo in a matter of minutes. First, you browse their selection of templates to find a design that matches your brand. Then, you customize things like colors, images, and copy. Lastly, you download your new logo to your phone, and it’s ready for use. In the future, you may want to have your logo improved by a graphic designer, but for now, you are all ready to go!
MINDSET: Train your brain to win
Can’t Hurt Me
David Goggins, ex-Navy Seal and ultra-marathoner, teaches us how to forge an invincible mindset in his book, Can’t Hurt Me. This book is about your future life and how you can take control of it. A lot of taking control is about your mindset.
Here are four takeaways on how to begin your transformation:
- Be your own hero, and be uncommon in your own world. You can be “uncommon” in being a parent, a teacher, or someone working in a company. You don’t have to be born a millionaire or as Superman.
- Callous your mind by making uncomfortable choices. Chase pain in one domain and learn to see through it, to be able to conquer pain elsewhere in life.
- Remove the “Governor” within yourself, because it’s holding you to 40% of your potential. When you think you’re done and can go no longer, you’re not even halfway at your full potential. Keep pushing.
- Accept your flaws and triple down on them. Stare at yourself in the mirror and think: how can I improve?
Simple, but not easy. The beginning of forging fortitude never is.
SELF-DISCOVERY: Unleash the Achiever within
Finding the Confidence You Never Knew You Had
Some people are so confident, sure of themselves, and wonderful in all social situations. It seems so natural that they couldn’t have possibly learned it. Don’t be fooled; that high level of confidence is something they had to develop. Even high achievers sometimes find themselves searching for confidence when trying new things, pitching their ideas, or attempting to reach a new level of success.
If you are struggling to find your confidence, start by listing everything you have accomplished so far in your life. For example, a test you aced, project you crushed, graduation from college, getting a full-time job, or your last promotion. These may not seem like significant life achievements, but think about how many people never achieved any of those things.
Next, list out all of your skills. We are talking about things like organization, time management, creativity, being funny, being a good listener, creating presentations, and anything else that you do well. You will be surprised to see how many skills you have and how those skills are just as valuable as the ones your co-workers or classmates possess.
Lastly, list out all of your good habits. For example, studying hard, being on time, working out, sleeping 8 hours a night, and every other positive thing you do every day. Building habits are hard, and sticking to them is even more challenging. This is why so many people are always late, tired, and overweight. These good habits should help you realize how valuable and well rounded you genuinely are.
Being confident is not about being better than everyone else or being the best at anything. It is about having a deep understanding of the value you provide and the person you are. Stop being so hard on yourself and remember all the positive attributes you have. Think about everything you have accomplished and everything you will achieve. You already have all the confidence you need; you just have to build it up first.
STAND UP EIGHT: Triumph & persevere
The Story Of Larry Ellison
Larry Ellison is the former CEO and founder of Oracle, a billion-dollar software company located in California. Forbes estimates he is worth around $54 billion, making him the third richest person in the United States. When we see someone achieve this type of mega wealth and success, we tend to think they are unique, come from money, or had some advantage early on in life. That is precisely why we showcase stories of achievers, just like Larry.
Larry grew up in a poor, violent neighborhood on the southside of Chicago. He never knew his biological father. His stepfather flat out told him growing up that he would never amount to anything (spoiler alert: he was wrong).
As Ellison got older, he dropped out of college not once but twice. He credits his early success to picking up a programming book and teaching himself the skills he needed to land his first job. Eventually, he founded Oracle and landed the CIA as his first customer. Even though Oracle went on to enjoy massive success and make Larry incredibly wealthy, he admits that money was not his primary motivator.
Ellison once stated in an interview, “When I started Oracle, what I wanted to do was to create an environment where I would enjoy working. That was my primary goal. Sure, I wanted to make a living. I certainly never expected to become rich, certainly not this rich.” Ellison is now a multi-billionaire who lives a lifestyle of fast cars, faster boats, and mansions worldwide. He has also donated hundreds of millions of dollars to charity and plans to give billions more.
The lesson to be learned here is that where you come from has minimal impact on where you will end up. It may be easier to come from money, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only path towards wealth and success. Try and be like Larry and focus on why you want to achieve your goals. The money will follow.
FUN STUFF – LIT QUIZ
What character “believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us”? Answer below.
NEWS BREAK: Stay informed
- The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Wednesday that it is considering format changes for remaining debates.
- Apple tipster John Prosser has confirmed that Apple will double the entry-level storage capacities of the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max to 128GB.
- Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has been given until Friday to release grand jury recordings in the Breonna Taylor case.
1% BETTER: Improve each day
LIT QUIZ ANSWER: Jay Gatsby