BIO-As a young teenager, Kent Healy realized that his conventional schooling was not offering the important life-skills necessary to become successful in the real world. His relentless drive to discover the workings of success lead him to form relationships with world leaders in the field of personal develop, author several books, and travel to speak around the globe. Today he owns and operates several businesses from publishing to real estate.
This author of six books, including The Success Principles for Teens, with Jack Canfield, started his first business at age 15, and now travels the world educating others as an author, speaker, columnist, real estate investor, entrepreneur, a student of life and graphic designer and has become the go-to guy to many young professionals for practical advice on real world success.
To learn more about Kent, visit his blog at http://www.theuncommonlife.com/blog/
Kent’s Youtube video on “The Power of Thought” has close to 1 million views!
Don’t Be Outsourced!
Unemployment continues to rise and many (many) workers are hoping for things to change. Well… change is coming alright, but maybe not in the way you have hoped.
Although there is still a lot that remains uncertain, there are some things that have already begun changing and are only gaining momentum. The job market is one example. Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble, but we will not emerge from this economical downturn with an ever-stable job environment. The mentality of, “I have a degree and a lot of work experience, so I have job security” is not only brash, but ignorant. In the past, trade-skills could be viewed as currency. Now, however, as basic education expands worldwide, more and more people are qualified to competently perform the majority of jobs available–and of course, this emerging labor force is not only growing but is crossing borders as well.
Analytical and mechanical skill-sets are definitely useful, but will not earn you a secure position in the workplace. Today, these basic skills are not only expected, they are readily replaceable. So then what is required to survive and thrive in this emerging job market? Very good question–so important in fact, that your career may depend on it. The future belongs to those who learn and master more abstract skills-sets such as, creativity, problem solving, resourcefulness, communication, and relationship building–this is the repertoire of the new-age thriving professional. Other skills are becoming increasingly easy to outsource to the lowest bidder (and I know you’d rather not compete for minimum wage).
Tips for Thriving in Today’s Job Market– In order to master abstract skills-sets such as, creativity, problem solving, resourcefulness, communication, and relationship building you must USE them. How do we develop these right-brain abilities? Well, like any type of skill building, it’s an ongoing process, but there are many minor daily activities that can help you flex your right-brain muscles. Below are four simple, and hopefully fun, ways to get started:
1. Are you an artist? Remember, “artist” is a very broad term. In the modern environment where creativity is currency, people who view the world through the eyes of an artist, will have a creative advantage. View yourself as a consultant and look for opportunities to improve the image, style, and function of physical products, logos, marketing campaigns, and company brands that surround you each day. What would you change? Why? How?
2. Get physical. Even the brain benefits from exercise. Not only does your brain experience a host of chemical changes with exercise, we often entertain new thoughts that may lead to new ideas. Creativity cannot develop within a monotonous schedule. Be sure to engage in a variety of activities to maximize output.
3. Explore contrarian perspectives (those that differ from your own framework of the world)… and make a deep conscious effort to understand them. The world persists in portraying a rather myopic and stubborn view of reality. However, the uber-creative are multi-dimensional in nature; but rarely due to innate traits. Instead, the rising creative class continuously tests their own quirky hypotheses and relentlessly question personal and societal assumptions in an effort recognize seemingly small opportunities to innovate.
4. Interrupt your daily routines. Take the same route to school or work each day? Eat the same breakfast? Ask yourself the same pensive questions? Change it up. This, of course, may be more challenging than it sounds, but warrants inexorable benefits.
Unfortunately, many of these skill-sets I just mentioned are not widely taught in conventional education. Go figure. This simply means we must use these skills the best we can to further develop them. In essence, the real world must become one of our most important classrooms. Everyday there are numerous opportunities to challenge ourselves as a way to build a these not-so-common “right-brain” abilities. The question is, will we take initiative to strengthen these skills and view it as a personal investment for our future. Well, that’s purely up to you. I suggest you enjoy yourself while you are working on developing your new skill sets.
I will say this, however: Merely “clocking in” each morning, idly going through the motions, and then “clocking out” at the end of each work day will not beget any advancement or enhancement of your current circumstances (and now more so than ever.) Depending on what the job is, it may help to adopt a consultant mentality whereby you are constantly searching for ways to improve efficiency, strengthen the company image, and most importantly, do your job better.
Let’s face it; these current times are straining both businesses and bosses. When push comes to shove, people and companies value economics as a very high priority. In other words, if they can save money, they aren’t going to worry about saving your behind too. It’s up to the employee to make themselves valuable and irreplaceable.
Just as a business would do, individuals should work on their own UVP (Unique Value Proposition) as a way to differentiate themselves in an ever-competitive job market. For your own sake, don’t be an expendable cog in the daily business process. Make a habit of asking yourself one new question, “What can I do to make myself more valuable in my current job, business, and/or relationships?”