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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!

Dress For Success (Part 1): 3 Reasons Why You Should Look Sharp at Work

May 20, 2011 3 comments

business suit successful jean shorts unsuccessful mullet How do you identify a successful business person without ever talking to them?  You look at the way they are dressed!  Okay, I understand that is kind of like judging people, but we all do it.  We see a guy wearing dirty cut-off jean shorts and a ripped white t-shirt and say, “Wow, what a slob…”  But, when we see a guy dressed to a “T” with a nice suit, shiny shoes, and a slick haircut we think, “Damn, that guy knows how to make a living…”  But in reality, the cut-off jean short guy might actually make more money than the slick suit guy.  Shoot, the slick suit guy may not even have a job.  The point I’m trying to make here is that we all judge people by their appearance and since we know people do it, I’m here to tell you why you should always try to look sharp, especially at work.

1. Confidence Booster

The last two days, I’ve dressed up for work because I was part of a two-day on-site visit from one of our software vendors.  Since I work in a warehouse type environment, we’re allowed to wear things like shorts and a t-shirt because nobody ever really sees us except the people we work with everyday.  We aren’t really exposed to the public.  I decided I wanted to look “legit” for this external entity to make myself look more believable and trustworthy.  Well it turns out I impressed myself.  I walked into work on Wednesday morning with a big smile on my face and I felt important, even though I was the same person I was when I left Tuesday night.

2. Positive Image

As soon as I walked in that morning, I had people asking me all kinds of questions.  “Why are you looking all fancy today?”  “You got an interview or something?” “Looking sharp, Eric!”  Not only does that increase your confidence, but it increases the positivity of peoples perception of you.  I’m not saying people thought I was any smarter or more successful that day, but they sure make me feel like it.

3. Stand Out In The Crowd

This is, in my opinion, the most important part of dressing for success.  When all your coworkers are wearing casual clothing, try dressing up a little.  Don’t do it gradual though.  On Monday morning, dress for success and see what people say.  You have to get that “WOW!” factor.  I guarantee you will get noticed and you will start a conversation around yourself.  People will talk about you and word will spread.  Spreading the word is good, as long as it’s positive, which this is.  When you dress for success and conversation spreads, it gets translated to upper management as, “Hey, this guy is legit and wants to be successful.”  DING, DING, DING…Promotion!

In Part 2 of dressing for success, I’ll discuss ways you can change your style and appearance to help you look legit!

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4 Benefits of Picking a Job and Sticking With It

May 7, 2011 2 comments

Many people believe the best way to “rise to the top” is to switch jobs often.  You start with a small company, get promoted once or twice, then move on to the next company, with better compensation and benefits.  Sounds good enough, but switching jobs can often be stressful and non-beneficial.  Here are some reasons why you should find a good job when you’re young and stick with the company throughout your career.

1. No Starting Over

Don’t you hate that new job anxiety?  Going to work the first day not knowing anyone, not knowing the processes, and not knowing what do to.  When you pick a job and stick with it, you don’t have to worry about starting over.  Don’t worry, you’ll still get promoted throughout your career, but it will be the same people, same processes and systems, and same culture that you’re used to working with.

2. Early Retirement

I’d like to share with you my story of Bob and John (that’s not their real names, by the way).  Bob is nearing 50 years old.  He was hired by a company when he was fresh out of high school.  He stuck with the company all these years, moved up the ranks, and has been quite successful throughout his career.  Bob plans on retiring within the next year or so.  On the other hand, John is in his early 50’s.  He’s had a number of careers throughout his life and has been successful without a doubt.  But John isn’t planning on retiring any time soon.

Part of starting over with every new job involves your retirement benefits.  Let’s say you worked for a company for 2 years and you’re ready to move on the the next.  You’ve contributed $5,000 to a 401(k) and your employer matches 150% of your contributions, which means the total value of your retirement is $12,500.  Unfortunately, you aren’t fully vested until you’ve completed 5 years of service, you’re only 1/4 vested.  If you quit, you only get to carry over $6,875 instead of $12,500.  That’s like free retirement money that you’re throwing away by switching jobs.

3. More Likely To Get Promoted

Companies like to look internally for possible promotion candidates before they post the job on the website.  The nice thing about current employees is there’s no surprises.  When you’ve worked for a company for 5, 10, or 15 years, they know exactly what you’re capable.  Sometimes, they know you’re capabilities better than you do and they know what path is best for you.  At least that’s what a good company would do.

4. Gets Easier As You Go

Similar to not having to start over, the more time you spend in a job or with a company, the easier it gets.  You learn more about the people, processes, systems, and culture, and the more you know, the easier the job gets.

So what are your opinions?  Did you pick a job and stick with it or did you move around throughout your career?  What are the benefits of each?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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