April 2020 – Finding Your Ideal Career

At the age of 29, Jack had dropped out of New York University. He was unemployed, and living in a tiny apartment he could barely afford. He tried desperately to find work, but got turned down by numerous employers, including managers at McDonald’s. Eventually, he met up with a long time friend, and they committed all their remaining resources to a startup that would become a billion-dollar business. The success didn’t happen overnight. It took many years of patience, persistence, and hard work. Today, Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, is worth over $3 billion.

Sometimes hitting rock bottom really motivates us to take action. Most of us are motivated by the twin forces of pleasure and pain. If something becomes painful enough, we’ll find a way to stop it. That’s why some of the greatest success stories come from those who’ve been in the depths of despair.

What can we learn from this? First, we don’t have to get into a bad situation to take action. Second, if we are able to address an issue before it becomes a real financial threat, we can save ourselves a lot of pain.

I’ve mentioned before that your most important pillar in your long term financial success is your income. In order to make that pillar strong, we need to focus on maintaining job security.

One of the greatest challenges for many people today is keeping their jobs. Unemployment has been rising fast due to conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, did you know the ancient Chinese symbol for crisis is the same symbol for opportunity?

If you already have a job, you shouldn’t be looking for another one right now. In achieving our goals, timing is an important ingredient. Today, it’s a good idea to make yourself more valuable at your workplace, and more amiable with your current boss. If you are currently out-of-work, you may have to take another job temporarily until you can find the one you really want.

However, it’s always a good time to think about or plan for a career transition. This is very important. You may be able to take advantage of the current crisis by positioning yourself favorably for the aftermath. Future job security can be reinforced if you are doing something you love.

Think about it. What would you really enjoy doing for a career? Consider the following questions: What type of purpose or meaning to you want in your work? What part of your skill-set do you want to develop? What kind of people do you want to work with? What geographic location to you want to work in? How much money do you want to make?

If you can find the areas of your greatest strength, greatest interest, and the world’s greatest need, you’ll be on a path to major success. Most of the wealthy and successful didn’t focus primarily on making money. They focused on what the world needed, and they focused on what strengths they uniquely had to fulfill those needs. If you want to make major strides toward this, I can help you when you join my membership program. We will do this even in times like these where there is uncertainty and fear about the future.

I encourage you to pick up copies of my books The Money Mission, Tax Saving Strategies, and The Blended Retirement Systems.

Stay safe this weekend, and I’ll talk to you again very soon.

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