If this is your life, you have a very important decision to make right now.
Have you ever wanted a life where you can enjoy a career you love that makes you feel valued? One where you don’t have to worry about money or security and can experience the joy of having a lifestyle that allows you to focus on ALL of the important things in life?
Or maybe you are tired of working for others and want to build something on your own?
If you currently or once had the career you love then you know how amazing it is and how it just enriches your whole life. If you’re not there, maybe you’re wondering… What am I missing? Do I have what it takes? Is it even possible now with all the COVID-19 craziness?
Have you ever seen those people who always seem to crush it? No matter what’s going on around them and the world, they always manage to land on their feet and actually end up better off. They have a job they love, make the money they deserve, provide for their families, give back to the community and have the lifestyle and security that most of us only dream about.
How do they do that? More importantly you may be thinking how do I do that?
We call these people ‘lucky’. What if I told you it isn’t luck?
The difference between you and the so-called ‘lucky ones’ is so infinitesimally small that when you see what you need to do, you’ll kick yourself for not doing it sooner.
Resilient people are no different than you. They have doubts, imperfections and major obstacles to overcome. But they do have an unfair advantage and I want you to have it too.
I am one of these ‘lucky’ ones. But I didn’t start out that way. Early in my career I was the sole provider for my family. I had a beautiful two year old daughter and a fabulous husband who chose to be a stay at home dad. I had a career I loved. The pay was decent, but we were living paycheck to paycheck. One sunny Wednesday morning I walked into the office without a care in the world.
At 10 am I was fired. Just like that. Without any warning, in the blink of an eye it was over.
I was told I had to leave that day and I received a whopping two weeks of severance pay and our medical insurance was cancelled.
I spent time laying on the couch feeling sorry for myself believing all the things my imposter syndrome had been telling me.
“You knew you weren’t ready for that promotion… You should have gone to college… You should have worked harder… You shouldn’t have moved your family so far away from everyone you know just for a job… Your family is counting on you, how could you have failed them so badly? You just got fired; no-one is going to want you now.” Feeling like a complete failure, this was a gut wrenching time for me.
Eventually the realization that I had a family to feed and bills to pay hit me hard. Filled with panic, dread and a massive fear of rejection; I got up, dusted off my resume and started looking for work.
I was in the technology staffing industry in the late 90’s and this was right at the peak of the Technology boom and Y2K frenzy. I had no idea how marketable I was! Within a few weeks I had a new job paying 25% more than the one that just fired me. While I dodged a major bullet; I learned one very important lesson:
I was never going to be caught unprepared again. I spent the next 20 years in a relentless pursuit to acquire every possible advantage to make my career bullet proof. And it worked!
I was in technology when the tech bubble burst. I was on Wall St. during 9-11, and I was in the mortgage industry during the financial crisis in 2007 (So much for being lucky).
My career didn’t survive these epic global economic disasters, it THRIVED. The skills, habits, tools and perspectives I was able to acquire all added up to a huge advantage advantage. During every crisis I leveled-up, made more money, had a bigger impact, and strengthened the security I could provide for my family.
The things I learned are exactly what the ‘lucky ones’ use to have a huge advantage.
Creating your career so that it’s resilient and provides you with the luxury of living life on your own terms are closer than you may think.
It simply requires you to learn a three step process that focuses on: