“The cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity.”
— Dorothy Parker
If you are concerned about the future of your job or career you are not alone. No matter your age or position, the only constant will be change. It is time to take that negative energy of worry and transform it into wonder. In, 2006 Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat warned that “what we learn today in school will be outdated by tomorrow, and therefore, the most successful people in the ‘flat world’ will be those who can adapt and learn quickly. The greater our curiosity and passion for learning, the greater chances we will have for success later in life. “Later” has arrived, but it is not too late to shift.
Here are five practices you can put into place this year that will lead to more resiliency and employability in this rapidly changing global economy.
1. Learn new skills on your own, continuously. The internet is full of tutorials and videos that can help. Start with something simple you have on your to-do list, like downloading Skype and learning to use your webcam, growing vegetables, or maybe creating the best cupcakes from scratch.
2. Study local, national and global business and political trends. Do you know the growth industries in the markets where you will be working? Are you keeping up on emerging industries and markets?
3. Study yourself. Do you know your passions, talents and purpose? If not, spend time exploring new possibilities and articulating what is true for you.
4. Dream. Set aside time and space to think, brainstorm, imagine and innovate your best future.
5. Reinvent yourself before you are in a crisis, if possible. Attend to #1-4 each week and make concrete plans to expand your knowledge of positive possibilities and then take action to sculpt your next career chapter.
If you would like a private complimentary consultation, to learn what we do and how we do it, please take our free career change assessment at www.brightlivelihoods.com.
Laurel Donnellan CEO Bright Livelihoods
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