Category Archives for "Making a transition"

5 Strategies to Grow Your Career Through Networking

No one wants to have the same job for the rest of their lives with no room for advancement. That would be a pretty dull life. The hope is to learn and grow with each task and move on to bigger and better jobs. The same skills that help you grow in your career will also help you grow as a person.

An important key to career development is networking. People who have been where you are (or are in a place that you one day hope to be) can serve as mentors to guide you. In addition, networking can help you build connections that come in handy when you are seeking a new position or need a recommendation. However, depending on your personality, networking can be difficult or intimidating. Here are five tips to help you get started and advance your career to where you want to be. Continue reading

Rick Coplin: real-life transitions from success to significance

It was my great privilege to speak with Rick Coplin recently.

Rick has helped to build and sell a start-up company, directed technology programs in a major US financial institution and consulted with companies throughout the United States in the areas of technology, finance, marketing and operations. Rick invested 8 years in the Startup investment industry with Rev1 Ventures, coaching entrepreneurs and helping to raise funds to fuel company growth.

Rick left that position earlier this year and now hosts The Success to Significance Podcast. He is finishing a book called Pitch With Purpose: What to Do Before During and After You Pitch to Maximize Your Opportunities. Rick is married with three kids and lives near Columbus, Ohio in the United States.

In this discussion Rick shares some inspiring stories from the people he's interviewed for the podcast. These are people who have made the change from successful careers to meaning and impact. He also shares some encouraging advice on how to get started yourself.

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Is pursuing my calling actually selfish?!

A very honest friend said that his #1 question relating to purpose and direction in life was simply this: “How can I overcome the sense of responsibility to maximise wealth for my family?”

It’s a good question. Many books on finding your dream job or your ideal life treats the entire enterprise as an individualistic endeavour. It’s all about you, they assert. All about finding YOUR place in the intersection of what you love, what there is market for, and what you are good at.

But for those of us with a family to support, it’s clear there are other considerations – and my friend put his finger on a biggie. Might pursuing my calling be actually a selfish endeavour that puts the financial security of my family at risk? Continue reading

3 steps to answering the ‘where do you see yourself’ question

In the last post, What if you don’t know where you see yourself in 5 years?, I suggested that when we can’t envision what we want to be doing in the next five years, it means that we’re not longer living our professional life within a compelling story. The story that we used to live has ended, and we have yet to inhabit a new story. So … no vision, no goals, no purpose.

So what to do about it? Here are 3 ways to find a better governing story for the next chapter. Continue reading

What if you don’t know where you see yourself in 5 years?

“So where do you see yourself in five years?”

It might be a question at an interview, or discussion with your manager. It might be a discussion with a friend over coffee, or with your spouse over a glass of wine. Once you could confidently answer, now you’re not so sure. In fact, you really don’t know how to respond.

Ouch. What does it mean and what can you do? Here is my take. It might surprise you. Continue reading

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