Why is success an inside job?

The greatest problem that people face today in the world of employment is not the lack of work or more specifically the lack of ways to earn a living.  Despite the fact that there may not be a lot of jobs in the traditional sense, there are plenty of opportunities for us to use our skills and abilities if we are willing to shift our paradigm from having a job to finding work.  The problem most often lies in the fact that many if not most people are faced with the task of learning how to market themselves for work that they really don’t want.  And as a result, their lack of motivation leads to perfunctory effort, which itself may have caused them to be among the victims.

In her book, Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow, Marsha Sinetar states that, “Right livelihood, embodies self-expression, commitment, mindfulness, and conscious choice.  Finding and doing work of this sort is predicated upon high self-esteem and self-trust, since only those who like themselves, who subjectively feel they are trustworthy and deserving, dare to choose on behalf of what is right and true for them.”  The essence of this statement suggests that we don’t make choices that are in our best interest because we don’t believe we are worthy of the work we love.”

Quoted from Thriving in the Changing Workplace, now available in print or eBook from Amazon.com.  Or contact http://www.yorkinc.com

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What are some challenges of the independent consultant?

Should you elect to become an independent consultant, you will be in business for yourself and by yourself.  That may be fine for the most part; however, being alone can have many disadvantages. Even if you have an advisory board (see below) your board  will only meet periodically.  Consequently, having someone to exchange ideas with on a regular basis can keep you energized and creative. Otherwise you may have to fight depression, especially when you fail to achieve a major goal, like losing business.

You may find it desirable to “partner” with someone who is not part of your business but with whom you can communicate and trust with specific information of mutual benefit, yet who is not a competitor.  Such a person might be serving the same market, but with a different product or service.  Someone you might share office expenses with or travel with, as the case may.  The main advantage to such a relationship is that while you are still in business for yourself, you’re not totally by yourself.”

How can we create a powerful, positive self-image?

“Two powerful tools are available for our use in building our own self-image.  First, we can create the vision of the person we wish to be.  Our minds are goal-striving mechanisms that produce the motive to act in effective ways to achieve a desired outcome when a stated stimulus is truly internalized through consistency and repetition.  Unless we discipline ourselves to a regimen of visualization, we cannot expect to achieve the desired result.

“The second tool is the positive use of  the thoughts and words we say to and about ourselves.  Called affirmations, constantly held thoughts of positive expectation, stated in the present tense, will affect change in our belief about who we are and what we want to become. “Thoughts held in mind, reproduce after their kind.”  The more we affirm the truth of our being, the more our consciousness will change from negative to positive with the result that we will become the person we desire to be.”

Quoted from Thriving in the Changing Workplace, now available in print or eBook from Amazon.com.  Or contact http://www.yorkinc.com

 

Why should we not fear a lack of work?

People who have marketable skills and the willingness to market them will then be ready to launch business ventures consisting of a variety of formats, e.g., consulting, business start-ups or acquisitions, or the purchase of franchises.  Some in the new workforce will be marginally self-employed as part-timers, temps, and contract players.  Others will take on the full-blown characteristics of entrepreneurship with their pioneer infrastructure, not unlike that upon which this nation was built.  As large corporations move, like battleships to meet the competitive demands of a global economy, entrepreneurial organizations, with their high mobility, will operate like destroyers ready to aid, supply, and reinforce their larger counterparts.  The collective effort of international economic combat  has the characteristics of warfare played by the rules of commerce and convention, but often made up as the play is in progress.

So doing requires commitment; defined as a function of the desire to do what is required for success and the courage to do it.  While new businesses fail for many reasons, e.g., undercapitalization, ineffective management, and declining markets; a lack of commitment is certain to be a factor.  Freedom, whether economic or political, requires that a price must be paid and in business that price is the willingness to do whatever is required to make the business a success. ”

Quoted from Thriving in the Changing Workplace, now available in print or eBook from Amazon.com.  Or contact http://www.yorkinc.com