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Summary Sunday: Shifting What We Know

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There were several reminders this week about you and your career (and life) that are just too good and too important not to re-share and emphasize!

Your Work/Career

Average Is Over by Thomas L. Friedman from The New York Times

Friedman says:

In the past, workers with average skills, doing an average job, could earn an average lifestyle. But, today, average is officially over. Being average just won’t earn you what it used to. It can’t when so many more employers have so much more access to so much more above average cheap foreign labor, cheap robotics, cheap software, cheap automation and cheap genius. Therefore, everyone needs to find their extra — their unique value contribution that makes them stand out in whatever is their field of employment. Average is over.

This should get you steaming M A D!  Mad enough to do something!  No, you can’t change the way our global economy is working. You can’t make US employers use US labor.  You can’t fix those, but you CAN look in the mirror.  It is easy to blame your past employer for not keeping your skills up to date or not giving you the opportunity to learn new skills.  But blaming them won’t help you tomorrow.  Don’t fall asleep at the wheel, don’t be complacent.  Own your professional development.  Take control because the world  of work is going to continue to move and change at lightning speed.

Friedman says:

There will always be change — new jobs, new products, new services. But the one thing we know for sure is that with each advance in globalization and the I.T. revolution, the best jobs will require workers to have more and better education to make themselves above average.

If you haven’t read “The World is Flat” by Thomas L. Friedman, he goes into great detail explaining and giving examples of how the world has become flat (global).

Your Attitude

Hire for Attitude  by Dan Schawbel from Forbes

This is an interview with Mark Murphy, founder and CEO of Leadership IQ.  Murphy sites a study his company did and these stats should stop you in your tracks!

46% of New Hires fail within their first 18 months

Murphy says:

When our research tracked 20,000 new hires, 46% of them failed within 18 months. But even more surprising than the failure rate, was that when new hires failed, 89% of the time it was for attitudinal reasons and only 11% of the time for a lack of skill. The attitudinal deficits that doomed these failed hires included a lack of coachability, low levels of emotional intelligence, motivation and temperament.

You control your future with your next (or current) employer!  Your attitude it the key.

3 Stories:  Attitude, Decisions and Fate

I’ve shared this video before, and I have to share it again! Especially after dropping those two bombs on you above!  Watch this, even if you have watched it before and I hope it inspires, motivates, encourages and delights you!


Which one of these articles hit home for you the most and what will you do differently???

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  • Donna, Life Coach February 2, 2012, 11:38 am

    The power of attitude is amazing! Having your mind set to reflect positively oriented behavior will get you a half of your job done.