The Question ~ College, Careers, and Contentment – Part 1

July 24, 2014 Leave a comment

What are you going to do after you graduate?College graduation.Kelli

That is the new question. No longer is it, “what are you going to do when you grow up?” That is for 5th graders who still dream of being professional football players and veterinarians (both things I wanted to do until I realized that I had no talent in the former and I had no stomach to put pets down for the latter). This new question causes a lot of anxiety for both high school and college students, but most especially those matriculating with a 4-year degree from a university.

I know first hand.

My daughter Kelli just recently graduated from Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh with a degree in sports management and an emphasis on marketing. She was working with the Pittsburgh Marathon in a job she really enjoyed, yet she was ready to head back home after 4 years. As we talked, she was feeling a little depressed. Her comments centered around the pressure of having to answer this question…over and over again. She knew that she would be asked by well-meaning family, friends, and people in the community she knew. At one point she told me, “maybe I will just tell them that I interviewed with Art Vandalay!” (Art Vandalay was the classic  fictitious character that George Costanza made up in Seinfeld)

Here’s the deal…

College kids dread this question because they feel like a failure if they don’t have an answer. There has been so much pressure put on them by parents (yes…that’s right I’m talking to parents and that included me), family, society, and themselves that it actually inhibits their ability to properly strategize. They end up taking jobs they don’t like or offer no career advancement just for the sake of getting a job. Don’t get me wrong, earning some money in a temporary job is fine as long as you have a plan to move forward. No plan usually means no light at the end of the tunnel. All the graduation speeches about having you whole life ahead of you; of being bold and assertive; and of changing the world all vanish when the stress of the implications of this question bubble to the surface.

What are you going to do when you graduate? The right answer for many young adults is, “I don’t know yet, but I’ve got a plan.”

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Risky Business ~ Smart or Stupid

July 23, 2014 Leave a comment

umbrella_riskI was recently interviewed by a freelance journalist working for a major online publication. His question was about “smart and stupid” business risks. He wanted to use an angle about how to tell which risks fall into which class – smart or stupid. Here was my written response to him and I thought I would share with you…

There aren’t smart or stupid risks. There are simply just risks.

All football plays are designed to score a touchdown…it’s the execution that determines the success. Similarly, risks that go sideways (or deep dive staring down) happen due to poor planning, lack of guidance, lack of self-confidence, and just bad “execution.”

In fact, the biggest risk might be not taking the risk at all.

How can you take that theory and implement in your business life?

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Weedin Unleashed Replay

July 22, 2014 Leave a comment

The video recording from yesterday’s Weedin Unleashed. The topic is on how to tear down the invisible fence that might be keeping you from reaching your potential…

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Extra Points – The Invisible Fence

July 21, 2014 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…Invisible Fence14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

I’ve been told by friends that the invisible fence has worked well for their dogs. They’ve told me that Captain Jack would be easily trained for it and I should consider it. I don’t think so.

Captain Jack understands the adventures and excitement waiting beyond the invisible fence. He also knows that the pain inflicted by the shock of electricity is brief and temporary. I have no doubt that Jack would figure out very quickly that a mad dash to break through would sting for a few seconds and rush of adrenalin soon take over as he sprinted “unleashed” to the world.

We should emulate dogs more…

We humans are really adept at building imaginary fences in our lives that keep us trapped in our yard. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, past experience, anxiety over the future, and a dozen other things make up the links to the chains that frame our invisible fences. We soon become very comfortable and secure never venturing outside our yards. This results in never maximizing our talents and leaving money on the table at the end of our lives. Dogs intend to leave this world penniless.

The invisible fences in our lives can also cause pain, yet like those crafted for dogs, the pain is brief and temporary. Your reward lays waiting out there, Are you ready to be unleashed!

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote -

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
~ Robert Heinlein

Inaugural Unleashed Summit on September 23rd. Learn more and register now to save your seat to this dynamic event.

New Weedin Unleashed today at 12:00 pm PST. Join for free. We will discuss this topic from today. The invisible fence is a segment of a chapter in my new book that I’m currently writing. Join in on the call and you may just end up as part of the book!

Weedin Unleashed Recording

July 15, 2014 Leave a comment

Topic is on lessons from the World Cup (25 minutes)

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Extra Points – Staying Power

July 14, 2014 Leave a comment

This week’s focus point…Staying Power14_02_DanCapJackRetouch_001

I watched the World Cup final yesterday pitting eventual champion Germany and Argentina. I watched the entire match, which is saying something. I’m not a soccer fan; I really know very little about the sport and its rules; I recognize few of the players; and I had no rooting interest in the game. Yet I watched. Based on all I saw, a whole lot of people in the United States also watched! The World Cup has been on for a month and our national team had been eliminated almost 2 weeks ago. Yet, the interest for the remaining teams, the experience, and event captivated the entire world. Heck, there is plenty of evidence this country lost billions of dollars in productivity over the past month with the World Cup taking center stage. It’s safe to say that the event had “staying power.”

Do you have staying power in your business or career?

There are a few things that are required to assure that you do. Let’s use the World Cup as an example and see how you stack up…

You need to be relevant to people. You need to add value to their lives (for the World Cup, it was entertainment). You need to create passion and emotion. You must be an expert in your field. You need to be able to produce over and over again. You must be trusted to deliver results. And…this is important…you must be an object of interest.

The World Cup only comes around every 4 years, so all of these things get a boost due to it’s uniqueness. You have a harder job, yet you have the opportunity to be a life changer for people. Your job is to show them the value you bring. You can only do that if you meet all the criteria above, or else they won’t even know you exist, or lose interest. Take a cue from one of the largest events on this planet. Be relevant, be valuable, create emotion, and be interesting. By accomplishing this, you will consistently be scoring goals!

 

© 2014 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

This week’s quote - 

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”

~ Oscar Wilde

Inaugural Unleashed Summit on September 23rd. Learn more and register now to save your seat to this dynamic event.

New Weedin Unleashed today at 12:00 pm PST. Join for free.

 

Unleashed Summit

July 9, 2014 1 comment

Captain JackRegistrations continue for the inaugural Unleashed Summit. Are you coming?

Here’s the deal…

If you want to really ramp up momentum to finish the year strong (yes – it’s approaching) and start 2015 with BANG, then you need to make this investment in yourself. This half-day event where we discuss concepts, topics, and best practices around maximizing your talent and becoming truly “unleashed”  will be the best event you attend this year with the highest ROI. It’s almost free and the people you meet and the takeaways you will get will make it all worth your investment. Heck, you will also have a chance to meet Captain Jack!

Don’t miss it. I promise that you will walk away with an incredible amount of value, my new book, and new opportunities for increased success.

Register today

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