Stand for Something or You'll Fall for Anything
November 19, 2011
Success Tweet: You’ve got to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything. Your values help you make decisions in ambiguous situations. If you know your rock and roll, you know the first sentence in today’s tweet is the title of a John Mellencamp song – one of my favorites. And it’s true. You, me, all of us, need to stand for something if we’re going to create the life and career success we want and deserve. Your personal values are what you stand for. In my last career success post, I shared my personal values: common sense, simplicity, optimism, human potential, value, trust, individuality, hard work, the power of 1. These values are the foundation on which I have built my life and career. They guide my decision making. I turn to them when I need help figuring out what to do. They have served me well. In April of 1988, I was facing a major life and career decision – stay in a good, secure, albeit somewhat unsatisfying job with a top notch corporation, or strike out on my own as an independent career success coach, speaker and consultant. I looked to my values. Optimism, human potential and hard work jumped out at me. I am an optimist. I believe in human potential, including mine. I have always been a hard worker. Reflecting on my values – especially these three – made the decision easy. An optimist, someone who believes in human potential, and a hard worker would take the chance and start a small business – which is what I did. I became The Common Sense Guy over 22 years ago and have never looked back. My values guided me through the decision making process. Here’s another example. As I began my work as a career success coach, I found many of my clients were overwhelmed by the complexity of creating the life and career success they wanted. They were looking for simple answers to complex questions. I created my 4 C’s of Career Success Model to help provide these answers. By studying successful people, I was able to create a simple, straightforward, common sense model that showed my career success coach clients how to create life and career success...
- Clarify your purpose and direction in life and your career.
- Commit to taking personal responsibility for your life and career success.
- Build unshakable self confidence.
- Get competent in four important areas: creating positive personal impact, outstanding performance, dynamic communication, and relationship building.