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Life Events

August 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Today is a big day for me. Later in the afternoon, I will be saying “I do” to a very special woman. Yes, that’s right, I’m getting married.

This past week has really given me an opportunity to think about my life events; the ones that have already occurred and the ones that are yet to come. So what I’d like to do is share with you some of my past life events:

  • First day of Kindergarten.
  • First kiss.
  • First day of Middle School.
  • Making the basketball team.
  • Winning the 15-Year-Old All Star State Championship.
  • First day of high school.
  • Making the baseball team.
  • First paycheck.
  • First car.
  • Going undefeated in league play during my senior year baseball season.
  • High school graduation.
  • Acceptance into the University of Nevada, Reno.
  • First internship.
  • College graduation.
  • First “real job”.
  • Acceptance into the MBA program at UNR.
  • Buying our first house.
As well as past life events, we all have future life events that we all get to look forward to, like:
  • Getting married.
  • First promotion.
  • Having children.
  • Retirement.
I know my list is short and I left it that way for a reason. I want you to share any others that you’re looking forward to in your future in the comments section below!

How to Succeed in Life with the Help of Peter Drucker

July 10, 2011 1 comment

peter drucker how to succeed in lifeI was reading an article in Bottom Line about a guy named Peter Drucker.  The title of the article was How to Succeed in Life – From the Man Who Taught the World How to Succeed in Business.  I’d never heard of Peter Drucker until this article and I came to find out that he was known as the “father of modern management.” He knew when he was doing when it came to business, but what people didn’t know about him was that he was also highly successful in life.  Stop and think about that statement for a second.  He was successful in both business and life.  Yes, I know it’s hard to believe for some of us, but business and life are two very different beasts and we have to attack them both if we want to be successful.

In the article, Bruce Rosenstein, author of Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker’s Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life, identifies three of Peter’s core life strategies.  I’m going to share these three strategies with you and try to relate them to the topic of Professional Diversification:

1. Live in more than one world.

Most people think the best way to be successful is to find one thing you’re good at and roll with it.  Peter Drucker advised against this focus, suggesting that you should find at least one interest outside your primary focus and turn it into more than just a hobby.  This is exactly what I’ve been talking about with my Potential Careers.  I’ve identified some of my favorite hobbies and learned how to be successful in each one of them.

Drucker found that people who have only one goal end up unhappy for a number of reasons.  Having only one goal leaves no fallback position should you be dealt a setback.  This is the whole idea behind Professional Diversification.  You’re trying to protect yourself if you happen to get laid off.

2. Choose a nonfinancial primary goal.

We all love money and I’m sure we all wish we had more money, right?  Unfortunately, money can’t buy you happiness.  This is exactly why Drucker felt a financial primary goal was unfit for a successful life.  People will go out, make a million dollars, and then have a desire to make even more money or wonder why they don’t feel fulfilled.  Instead, Drucker suggests choosing a nonfinancial primary goal, like maintaining a happy, loving family or choosing to treat everyone you meet with respect.

I wrote a post a while back about The Definition of Success.  How do you define success?  By the number of cars you have or how much your house is worth?  Or by how happy you are doing what you do?  I felt success was a split between the two, in which each individual has to decide how much of each equals success to them.  This is the same concept as choosing a nonfinancial primary goal.

3. Know and develop your core competencies.

Core competencies.  Think about your core competencies this way.  You figure out what you’re good at and how you can provide value to others.  You make a list of all these thing and what do you get?  A Professional Portfolio, of course!  See, I told you I wasn’t crazy.

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Webpage Credit:
Bottom Line Secrets
Peter Drucker – Wikipedia
Bruce Rosenstein – Blog

Related Articles:
How to Succeed in Life – From the Man Who Taught the World How to Succeed in Business

The Professional Dilemma: Work-Life Balance

April 11, 2011 3 comments

Work Life Balance Sign Clouds Sky

It’s something we all have to deal with in life; balancing work with the fun stuff in life.  This dilemma really hit me hard recently when I bought a house with my Fiancé.  I knew it wasn’t going to be easy and I was prepared for that, but even being prepared wasn’t enough.  Buying your first house is extremely exciting and is something everyone aspires to do, but then what.  Now you’ve got a nice house, that’s completely empty because you may or may not be able to afford to buy furniture, TV’s, pool tables, decorations, and all the other fun stuff you get to buy for a house (we were fortunate enough to have family who helped us with that, so a big thanks goes out to them).  A few months later I started thinking, “Is this what the American Dream is all about?”  In order to enjoy all the things we love in life, we have to work and we have to work a lot (at least most of us do). Eight hours of your day is a long time when you think about it and weekends just don’t seem to be long enough. With that being said, my next question is…

Do you work to live or live to work?  I’ve heard this question come up quite a bit recently and I wanted to address it from my own personal standpoint.  When I first heard this question, it somewhat confused me.  I really had to think about it to understand it.  To help me better understand, I considered the question, “Why do I work?”  Do I work because I like what I do?  Do I work so I can someday afford a big house and nice cars?  Do I work so I can save up for retirement at a young age?  Then, I considered the question, “Is work getting in the way of the things that make me happy in life?”  Is work getting in the way of spending time with my Fiancé and family?  Am I giving up the opportunity to play golf or go fishing because of work?  Is work preventing me from enjoying my life?

Unfortunately, I don’t have the answer to these questions and I don’t think there is one good answer.  The answer is dependent on your own personal standpoint and everyone has to decide for themselves how much work is too much work.  It all depends on what’s important to you, what makes you happy, because in the end, it’s happiness we’re all after.  Not money.  Not possessions.  Not cool job titles.  Happiness.  Take some time to decide why you work.  Once you’ve identified the reasons why you work, try to figure out if work is actually getting in the way of those things.  If this is the case, you may want to consider other options.  I’ll leave that decision up to you to better balance your work life and personal life.

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Related Articles:

Are you living to work? – Jenny Gallagher

Living To Work, Or Working To Live? – Tara Weiss (Forbes Blogs)