Today’s motivation comes from Sir Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion. Now wait, before you click away, it relates to your career, really!
I may not be a physicist, but I can see how Newton’s laws of motion absolutely apply to your career.
As I’ve laid out, here are the parallels between the laws of motion and your career and job search.
Newton’s First Law
An object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion.
Counteract inertia by taking action.
Translation: if you are exploring career options, take action, don’t just think and research.
Talk to people. It is too easy to say “I don’t know what I want to do next.” Just commit to exploring and learning everything you can about ONE occupation. Once you begin learning, the path will become clearer to you!
Newton’s Second Law
The more force, the more acceleration!
When you get excited about something- a project, a career option, or become a subject matter expert, you’ll find you can gain great momentum in propelling your career!
However, here’s the flip side: The bigger they are the harder they fall!
Counteract this potential disaster by adding new skills to your portfolio. Stay current on trends impacting your industry and occupation. Don’t become a dinosaur!
Newton’s Third Law
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Forces are found in pairs.
Beware of those that try and take you down!
Take a proactive approach and build alliances with company insiders, peers and superiors! I hope you realize that there is little you can accomplish on your own. You will need the support of others to propel you and your ideas!
And this concludes today’s career physics lesson!
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.