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Friday, November 6, 2009

Some words of wisdom to live by…..and who knows, may just lead to your future career path

1. Focus on achievement—not money. Pay attention to how your successes, on and off the job, benefit both you and others. That doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t make money, but the pursuit of money ought to play a subordinate role.

2. Make time for thinking. Break from the daily grind and reflect on where you are and where you’re going. Take a walk, practice yoga or meditation, or sit in nature.

3. Practice “systematic abandonment.” “People are effective because they say no…because they say this isn’t for me,” declared Drucker. Step back, at regular intervals, to determine which of your present activities can be scaled back or eliminated. Only then can you make way for something more fruitful.

4. Learn the art of leisure. As important as work is, avoid allowing it to be your only source of fulfillment. Find an outside interest or two, focusing on things that may bring you pleasure, satisfaction and a heightened sense of self-worth.

5. Develop a parallel career. A parallel career, like teaching, writing or working in the nonprofit sector, can give you a window into other worlds and provide leadership opportunities not available in your primary job. And one day, it may even morph into your second or post-retirement career.

6. Volunteer your time and talent. Drucker saw volunteerism as essential to the smooth functioning of society, as well as a satisfying way of ensuring that work doesn’t consume your life.

7. Become a mentor. Mentorship may be broader than just showing someone the ropes in a group or organization. It can include wide-ranging career and life advice, and provide big benefits to both the mentee and mentor.

8. Start teaching. A Drucker maxim: No one learns as much as the person who must teach his subject. Consider the kinds of opportunities that may be open to you at work, schools, churches and professional associations.

9. Learn how to learn. Some people are readers while others like to talk and listen. When it’s crucial to learn something, think about how you learn best and seek out those types of opportunities.

10. Be the CEO of your own life. Take accountability for your decisions and contribute at work and in the world.

“Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker’s Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life.”
Author: Bruce Rosenstein

Following these steps, may just put you on the right career path for YOU!! It is good to sometimes step back and re-assess where you are and where you want to be.

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