Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Charleston, History, and Trying

One of the things I love about Charleston, SC, is the fact that history is so wonderfully mixed with today. Everywhere you look you’ll see bits and pieces and large chunks of history (think everything from an antique desk in a hotel lobby to old firehouses repurposed into condo buildings).

Whenever I’m here I wonder, “What would someone in the early-1900s, mid-1800s, or late-1700s tell us if they could?”

Believe it or not, there’s a way you can make this happen. Find an older person and ask them, “If you, as you are today, could talk to the younger you, let’s say when you were sixteen, what would you tell you about life and how it would go?”

And remember, “older” is a relative word, so, who is “older” than you? “Older” is 35 to 15, or 85 to 65.

It’s an interesting exercise. Most older people will tell you they’d say to relax, things will work out. They’ll note—and I think this is the most important part—that as you age you’ll regret more of the things you didn’t do than you regret the things you did.

They’ll tell you to try; to get out in life and take the chance of failing and being hurt. In most cases, they’ll tell you that there will always be things you’ll wish hadn’t happened, but they are far outweighed by the things you’re glad did happen…but you have to try.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Do Yourself a Favor

When was the last time you invested in yourself? If you think that time management seminar your boss made you attend counts, you’re wrong…not only that, but, at the same time you’re thinking like 80% of the workforce.
Look at it this way, in today’s world there are no employees, there are only freelancers, independent contractors who work until their work is no longer needed…and then they are moved aside. You are a product and when the product or service you provide becomes obsolete or too expensive to keep, you’re done.
Unless…unless you have made yourself so valuable in the markeplace that you are considered for other opportunities.
What’s the best way to improve you, as a product, investing in yourself.
In an excellent article in this month’s Esquire Magazine, “You Are Your Own Best Investment,” writer Joshua Sheats explains that, young or older, if you want to move ahead you need to “set aside $1000 and invest it in building up and enchancing your resume.”
Sheats points to three ways to do it:
- If you are a skilled technician or professional you should invest in more education, training and certifications.
- If you’re in a “customer-facing” invest in the image you present to others, your personal appearance, and training in ways to deal with customers.
- If you work in a trade invest in upgrading your tools in ways that allow you to work better and faster.

Everyone says they want to move ahead and get paid more, but only 20% or less of the workforce is willing to do what it takes to do more than simply talk about it…and if someone thinks they have to make you go to a time management seminar you’re already in their crosshairs.