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People laughed, people scorned, but now the same people are scratching their heads and asking, “How did I miss the opportunity?”, and, “Is it too late?” The next step for many is finally to take action. Taking calculated risk is a necessity for advancing one’s career. While focus, motivation, and perseverance make the difference. Yesterday’s blog asked the question, Do You Easily Transition into New Directions? The question is, are you ready to embrace doing so yourself?
Growing up, I always heard “Never give up!” 2017 began as one of the worst years on record, and so the thought occurred to me. But I muddled through the mess and then focused on what could change for an improved tomorrow. What kept me going was conferring with friends in the business world and actively participating on Twitter and LinkedIn. There is so much information to be found on those platforms along with inspirational and motivational messaging. All combined, I never gave up but refined my focus and continued my pursuit.
I’ve begun to have conversations with those who provide messaging of interest online and those who contact me directly. Just as with sales, I am always open to learning about the work of others. As we delve into question and answer, the answer reveals itself of whether to join forces. Several offers came my way; not all were a solid match. Some have not yet ventured online while still attempting to conduct business the traditional way. It’s not working well for them, but they still are uncertain about the transition.
At the mid-year mark, EntrePerks contacted me to ask I join their program. They offer known services in multiple areas that include Marketing & PR, Analytics and Hiring. Many of the associated companies are well-known. The purpose of the program is to provide excellent services at discounted fees for the motivated who recognize the need for help without excessive payments. It is NOT multi-level marketing and you may learn more by clicking this link.
I accepted the offer to write blogs for Do It For the Kids. Helping younger generations will always be one of my goals. And then the request to connect with a gentleman on the Ivory Coast and Author came my way on LinkedIn. His book, The Akan House of Mystery, explains the nature of the Akan people of Ghana and the Ivory Coast. The Akan are a very determined people who will not be suppressed and will do what they must to achieve their goals. Although a mystery book, the premise is in alignment with the sales mindset – goals and never giving up.
Out of all the positioning, repositioning and transitioning, there were bad days alongside good days. Today, was one of the best and most rewarding to date. Tenfold sent their “Top 65 Women Business Influencers” list to mem It’s a HUGE HONOR to be listed among remarkable people, including Arianna Huffington, Sheryl Sandberg, and peers such as Nancy Nardin, Lori Richardson, Jill Konrath, Deb Calvert, and Trish Bertuzzi.
Moral of my story: Never give up but find a way to transition!
Advancing via transitions is this week’s blog theme. What are you doing to ensure you are in a good space? The problem is if you aren’t willing to take a risk now and then, and the current way of doing things is not working well, you are likely to face depression. Even worse is when the thought of quitting is a reoccurring theme in your mind.
Consider the following questions:
- Are you happy where you are?
- Do you believe you can do better?
- Who do you know that may be of help to you either supportive or of the referral kind?
As you become accustomed to questioning where you are today and where you wish to head, it will turn into a process. The procedure becomes your type of blueprint to continue advancing. Unique opportunities become available, and prominence comes your way as you diligently work the process.
- Embrace the fact change is inevitable.
- Become comfortable working with a transition.
- Communicate with people online to hear their stories.
- Have a conversation with friends and peers how they handle obstacles.
- Connect with people whose experience is entirely different.
- Learn from the unique insights of those whose lives vary the most from yours.
- Read business books along with thought-provoking, and the escape type, too.
- Keep a diary of ideas; highlight the ones that catch your fantasy.
- Add thought to the more creative idea for a robust plan.
- Celebrate Success!
Following these guidelines will lead you to the Smooth Sale!
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