Take a moment and think about what makes your heart race, or how you feel as the adrenalin surges though your body. It sure is an energizing feeling!
I have had many conversations with folks that are looking for their next job or have a pending offer, but the position or company does not get them excited. They tell me it’s a job. And since we are in a recession, they feel pressured to take the offer.
It’s a scary time, but I do feel that the market is turning and there are opportunities out there for folks. Yes, it takes more time. You have to really dig for the lead, but they do exist! For instance, the Wall Street Journal reported that New York City’s unemployment rate has decreased to 9.6% in a couple of months, below the nation’s average of 9.7%.
If you feel you are in this particular group of individuals, my advice to you would be that it is NOT in your best interest just to TAKE a job. Think about all the time and energy you have to put forth in learning a new role and understanding the company culture. Is it worth it for an opportunity that does not excite you? Is it worth all that trouble?
We, as a company, are reading the book, Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee). The theme Gary shares is that we all have a passion and a dream, and we need to live that dream at some point in our lives. If you have passion and are doing what you love to do, then success will follow! Gary lives by three rules:
- Love your family
- Work super hard
- Live your passion
Mr. Vaynerchuk realized his passion early in life by selling baseball cards, understanding the value on how to pitch a particular product and service. When he entered the family business, which was in the liquor industry, he again saw an opportunity to educate the consumer on wines. Within eight years, Gary’s business went from $4 million to $50 million in revenue. In the very beginning he worked while making minimum wage, but he loved what he was doing, and it paid off!
Last week on Twitter, a college sent out a tweet with the link to Steve Jobs commencement address in 2005 to the grads at Stanford University. It was one of the most moving speeches that I have ever heard! He was talking about his life, but more importantly about his true passion for what he loves to do- be an innovator. If he did not follow his heart and his dream, he would not be where he is today. He spoke about being fired from Apple, which was one of the best things that ever happened to him. It made him realize that he still loved what he did and that it was time to take a new direction. He stated that life is too short and that you never know what life has in store for you that day, so living your dream and doing what your are passionate about is what you need to do!
So we all don’t have to be the Steve Jobs of the world, or the Crush It! author – but we can follow our hearts! I know for me, I always wanted to own my own business. It started out in a yellow trailer in my parent’s yard when I was 5. It was called the “Wedding Day,” thinking that I would be a wedding planner. Instead my life took a different direction, and now I help companies and people make the right connection for their career and business goals, while remaining at the same level of passion as I did playing in the yellow trailer!
So when you are thinking about an offer, think about what makes your heart skip a beat. Would you get out of bed in a snow storm for this role? If not, wait for the position that will offer you that feeling!
At the end of Steve Job’s speech, he had a wish for all the graduates. It’s the same wish that I have for you…
”Stay hungry and Stay Foolish!”
What wonderful words to live by!
Post by Chernee Vitello, President of Whiting Consulting.