All We Need is a Little Patience … And A Good Idea of the What

With a wonderful business, you can figure out what will happen; you can’t figure out when it will happen. You don’t want to focus on when, you want to focus on what. If you’re right about what, you don’t have to worry about when ~ Warren Buffet

by Pete Ferguson

As I look at where I am today with work, with my personal finances, and with family, I can’t help but appreciate the importance of patience.

Five years ago I wanted to sell our current house to move into a larger one. I wanted to find a new career. I wanted a lot of stuff.

And I had plenty of people willing to take my money to give me what I thought I wanted at the time. But nothing felt right except to stay where I was and dig in deeper.

Years later, that is paying off well. Our house will be paid off early next year which means the only interest in my life will be what I receive from the bank and investments. The only bills we will receive are the usual water, electricity, gas, phone, and Internet.

Most of the stuff I owned five years ago has been replaced. And the stuff I thought I wanted would now be mostly obsolete.

As we await our sixth child, I can’t help but think how much better it is to live in the now, invest in quality in all areas of my life, and enjoy the ride instead of staring at the rear-view mirror or trying to imagine what is over the next horizon. Sure I’m putting long-term plans into place in anticipation of the future, but I’m not spending the majority of my time dreaming of mansions above when I have such a great existence in the here and now.

With a wonderful life, you can figure out what will happen; you can’t figure out when it will happen. You don’t want to focus on when, you want to focus on what. If you’re right about what, you don’t have to worry about when ~ adapted from Warren Buffet

Clutter …

The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are. ~  Mother Teresa

by Pete Ferguson

I’m a recovering packrat. As a child I collected everything from rocks to baseball cards, to movie tickets to coins.

I was never really good at it, because I played with everything I owned, so the value went down significantly.

Eventually I realized I wasn’t destined to be a great collector – I just had a bunch of junk not worth anything that I was holding on to for “some day” that would likely never come.

The sculptor produces the beautiful statue by chipping away such parts of the marble block as are not needed – it is a process of elimination. ~ Elbert Hubbard

What really drove the point home was when we decided to get out of debt and we had a garage sale. I pulled out just about everything from my closet, garage, and other secret stashes. I ran through my head the hundreds of dollars spent and waited patiently all morning to regain some of my expended funds.  And I made $15.

That’s when I made the decision that clutter was no longer going to be a permanent part of my life. I still have to go through my drawers once a year and dump stuff. When I’m in the middle of a project at work, my desk will be a mess. But as soon as I get a chance – or I just get sick of it – I burn the bridges and chuck out everything that hasn’t had a purpose in my life in the last 60 days.

Occasionally, I will grow nostalgic, like I did for one of my favorite toys of my childhood:

That’s the beauty of eBay. Every toy I thought was really cool and played to death as a child I have been able to reacquisition (granted at a 4x price) for my kids. I’ve also been able to dump a lot of “some day” stuff for a profit.

What’s cluttering up your life and clogging the cogs of creativity?

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication ~ Leonardo da Vinci

 

Where Are We Going?

You are my leader, where are you taking me?

~ James C. Mangum

by Pete Ferguson

Leadership can be a daunting task. If you are a manager, you were likely plucked from the production line because you exhibited skills which inspired other managers above you. They made the assumption that because you are better at getting things done that you should be put in charge of your peers.

But there is a great divide between a manager and a leader.

An effective leader sets the agenda with a vision of where you need to go to find success.

Leadership success always starts with vision. Henry Ford dreamed of a car families could afford. Steve Jobs dreamed of an easy-to-use computer that would unleash creativity. Nelson Mandela dreamed of an integrated, prosperous South Africa – These were heady ideas, and they attracted more than a few sneers. But they weren’t the daydreams of lazy people with too much time on their hands. They were deep-seated passions, magnetic enough to capture the minds of just a few devoted followers at first but ultimately the imaginations of millions of women and men.

John Ryan, Forbes.com

As a nineteen-year-old volunteer missionary I spent two years along the Mexican border to the United States working to help people improve their lives – while greatly improving my own. Fairly early in my service, I was put in a leadership position for which I felt I had little qualification. I recall expressing my concerns to our mission president, a successful business man from Provo, Utah. I still recall President Mangum’s cool stare he had as he looked deep into my eyes and said, “you are my leader, where are you taking me?”

Fast forward twenty years later, I’m still looking for the shorter term answer to that question. I certainly know what I want to accomplish in the very long term scheme of things. But I have a short attention span, so it takes concentrated effort for me to chunk down large goals into daily activities.

Throughout your career, regardless of positions you have held, you too are a leader. Maybe you have not had any managerial experience or title, but that still puts you in a place of leadership.

You likely have had many managers who were not leaders. In the void of direction, you or someone else on the team has stepped in and provided the much needed direction of what to do.

When you are in a leadership position, vision, integrity & compassion are infinitely more important than the words you say. These three traits are as important to your survival as air, food, and water.

~ Diversity MBA Magazine

In your own life, you are the greatest leader you will encounter. Because only you know and understand your deepest passion and desire for meaningful work. Only you can set the perfect agenda for your life. Anyone else will inject their bias.

The best leaders are able to fully be in the moment of whatever they are doing.  When they commit their time and energy to something, they fully commit. ~ Ed Robinson

So, you are the leader of your life, where are you going to go? In leading others, where are you taking them?

You Cannot Teach Someone Passion

Constant rejections or non-responses from potential employers is highly defeating as we all know, and jobseekers often take it hard. It weakens their self-confidence. So how do they get past that? ~ kimberlyjmyers

reblog from Kimberly J Myers

Isn’t it interesting how messages seem to come in clusters? Lately I off-handedly quoted to my daughter the old saying “you only hurt the ones you love,” and she started laughing, saying that was the third time she’d heard someone say that very thing that day. An hour later, we heard it again on TV. We both had to laugh.

Last week I had a similar experience. At a support group I heard a man say, “You can teach a person a lot of things, but you cannot teach them personality.” It reminded me of an interviewing workshop I sat in on, featuring some local employers and recruiters. One said, “I can teach an employee how to use our computer system or how to improve their productivity, but I cannot teach someone passion. They have to learn that for themselves.”

I’ve said time and again the importance of keeping a positive attitude when talking to employers or recruiters. I can pick a bad attitude at 50 paces, and employer can pick them far before I can. I can also pick up on discouragement, just like a dog can sense fear.

That’s not unusual for someone looking for work right now. Constant rejections or non-responses from potential employers is highly defeating as we all know, and jobseekers often take it hard. It weakens their self-confidence. So how do they get past that?

Go back to why you love the job in the first place. Find your passion. Then articulate it. That’s what the employers want to hear anyway.

But what if you don’t really like the job you’re doing? Either find what you like about it or find something that does stimulate your passion. Dr. Randall S. Hansen, in his book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Choosing a College Major, says,

Finding a career that you have a passion for is all about obtaining fulfillment. Some of these jobs may also not be the highest-paying jobs in the world, but career passion is not about the money, it’s about how the job makes you feel inside.”

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I Am A Work In Progress …

I am a work in progress. I’m not perfect. I don’t know that I’ll ever be. But I have a path towards continual improvement, and I am 100% Authentically Me!

by Pete Ferguson

As I rode home from a 25-mile bike ride with my son Mark, I saw the setting sun drape across the mountains, now colored red, yellow, orange, and green.

And it struck me that like Nature, I am constantly changing.

Parts of my personality die off to give way to new and exciting opportunities.

And I too am a work in progress. An eternal cycle of life, death, and rebirth.

And while I’ll not likely ever be “perfect,” perfection is in the process of continual change.

There are many things I’d like to change. There are many things I’m constantly working on to change. And there are many things I have changed.

And then there are many parts of me I like just how I am.

I am a loving father. Good spouse and friend. I like to work hard. I like to have a vision. I like to work towards that vision.

I like to help others recognize their vision and help them move towards that end.

I am a work in progress.

 

What are you working on? Are you feeling progress? What would your ten-year-old self say to you today if you were to meet him or her?

Give back to yourself today. Count your blessings. Be grateful for what you do you have control over, for what possessions you temporarily have, and that you live a life that allows you the time and ability to briefly read this blog, contemplate your larger goals, and take action toward achievement.

Happy Monday!

LearnActShare

Often because someone is good at something, the first inclination is to promote them and put them in charge of more people.
This can be a big mistake if the person is not an inclined leader as it sets them up for failure and in front of a larger audience than when they were an individual contributor.
What makes a great leader? Someone who is willing to put a group’s development first and find each person’s motivation and weaknesses and work on plans for both at the same time in my experience.
What are your thoughts on leadership?

 

Hugh E. Williams

I recently enjoyed a conversation with our 2012 eBay interns. We discussed careers, leadership, business, and engineering. Someone asked me about career path: should I follow the manager or individual contributor path? It’s a great question.

The answer is it depends on what you’re passionate about, and ultimately that’ll be key in determining whether you’re good at it. Here’s my litmus test for the manager career track:

  • Are you passionate about leading people? If not, don’t become a manager. If yes, you need to develop people management skills: from growing people and helping them succeed, to delivering tough messages and handling challenging personal circumstances. You’ll need to spend much of your time working with people
  • Is having impact through others rewarding to you? If yes, that means you feel reward when your team hits its goals, the people around you solve problems, and your employees work together as team. If not…

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2 Weeks to 2 Career Success – Find The Work You Love

What is your passion in life?

Do you plan your life around your work – or your work around your life?

Is your life balanced between work, physical health, spiritual sharpness, mental well-being, and other goals?

If you won $750,000 today, what would you do long-term for “work”?

Do you have a J-O-B, career, or vocation?

Are you still wondering what you will do when you grow up?

Is your resume up to date?

Do you feel comfortable with your interview skills?

Come join me at the Stansbury Park Clubhouse on Monday, July 18th, to explore how you can do what you love – and love what you do!

Based on the “48 Days Workshop” developed by career coach and best-selling author Dan Miller, “2 Weeks 2 Career Success” will fast track your skills to identify your passion and match it to a position where you will find work that you love.

Come experience a brief sample of what will be taught at the seminar in a one-hour preview:

Monday Evening, July 16th, 7:00 pm

Stansbury Park Clubhouse

1 Country Club

Stansbury Park, UT 84074

peteraferguson@gmail.com

“2 Saturdays 2 Success” Workshop:

This is an interactive workshop that will lead you to look at “work” in a whole new way. If you are experiencing:

  • Career change/job loss
  • Concern about your current job outlook
  • Questioning YOUR purpose in the work you do every day

85% of the process of finding the right career direction comes from looking inward. This workshop offers a fresh perspective by looking at YOU first – then the 15% application part comes into view.  By taking a 48 Days workshop, you will look at:

  • Goal-setting
  • Creating a personal mission statement
  • Laying out an effective job search strategy
  • Improving your resume
  • Negotiating salary

By the end of this workshop, you will know how to identify and secure employment based on your skills and abilities, personality, values, dreams and passions-rather than based solely on job history.

For more information, please fill out the form below. I look forward to meeting you!

– Pete Feguson