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13 August, 2020 Posted by John G. Self Posted in career advancement, Career Coaching, Career Networking, Career Transition/Outplacement
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Tear Down Your Barriers

Posted August 13th, 2020 | Author: John G. Self

Ashley Longshore is a bit of an oddball.  Some people have described her as the Andy Warhol of the 21st century.  She is an artist and trend spotter who lives and works in New Orleans.  

In a town populated with many interesting people, Ashley stands out. In an industry littered with failed dreams and dramatic crashes and burns, she is an unmitigated success.   

She is successful because she was willing to acknowledge and embrace with great joy who she is.  She had the support and unquestioned love of a father  even though as a child was she more than a hand full.  A daughter of the south, she quickly realized that she did not fit into the traditional world of sororities and the Old South social life that is Ole Miss.  In fact, she graduated from the University of Montana, not exactly a cultural mecca for the art world.  But it met her needs. 

“If I can do it, anyone can do it.”

Ashley Longshore

“I have always been extremely headstrong and bull-headed. Fortunately, the attributes that made me quite difficult as a child are the same attributes that now have made me quite successful as an adult.”

It was not always smooth sailing.  There were a lot of bad days trying to support herself and build a business of selling her art outside the traditional gallery business model.  It took 23 years but she has arrived to critical acclaim.   She attributes her success to her ability to be maintain a positive attitude, to be enthusiastic about her art and the relationships she has built over the years. Her daily routine begins with a pep talk! 

“If I can do it, anyone can do it.”

Many of us create barriers.  This woman, with a positive outlook and unabashed enthusiasm, is making her own way. She refuses to accept setbacks or the limitations others have tried to place upon her.  It seems to be working. 

“I don’t fly commercial,” she exclaimed.   There is a lesson there for all of us.  

© 2020 John Gregory Self

31 July, 2020 Posted by John G. Self Posted in career advancement, Career Management, Career Transition/Outplacement
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Managing Your Career In A Pandemic

Posted July 31st, 2020 | Author: John G. Self

“When it comes to my career, I feel like we are about to begin playing a very big game — a global game — of musical chairs. The music will start playing and when it stops, there will be a lot of people with no place to sit.”

I spent the day Thursday talking to clients. Not surprisingly, everyone was unsettled — as a nation, we are struggling mightily, albeit in a fragmented siloed fashion, to slam the lid on Covid-19, some of the political rhetoric is becoming more unhinged, very successful consultants, including executive recruiters, are sitting around waiting and the economic news in the US was historically, devastatingly bad. There are a few bright spots in certain industries but they are not sufficient to fuel broad economic growth.

Meanwhile, I learned that a group of highly respected scientists and health policy experts, meeting virtually with business leaders, painted what is probably the most realistic picture for the end of this deadly virus and a timeframe for when we can hope the economy will begin to recover. That, too, was was unsettling.

The one word I kept hearing during my conversations with friends and colleagues was “transformative” as in this crisis will be transformative on “our economy, “my industry”, “on healthcare”… People are unsettled because they are struggling to decipher whether transformation will be a good or bad thing in their lives.

This is the time to begin planning for your transformed post-Covid-19 life.

This level of sweeping uncertainty can have a paralyzing effect on our decision-making process. While that is understandable, this is exactly the wrong time to slip into a shutdown mode. Now, more than any time in your career, you must focus your creative, critical thinking capabilities to think about and prepare for the future. Yes, there are plenty of dark clouds but the sun has not, and will not, disappear. This is the time to begin planning for your transformed post-Covid-19 life.

If you wait until you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, you will find yourself at the back of the line, scrambling for scraps. This is your call to action.

© 2020 John Gregory Self

29 July, 2020 Posted by John G. Self Posted in Career, Career Management, Career Networking, Early Careerists
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Just Have Faith

Posted July 29th, 2020 | Author: John G. Self

Taking the first step.
Easier said than done sometimes.
We have all been there at one time or another in our lives.  When we think about it philosophically, taking the first step makes great sense.  But in reality, for the many of us, it is so hard.  It requires an understanding that even if we fail, it is not the end of the world. 
It requires faith.  Whether you are 25, 45, or 70, have faith.  Take the first step. Quit spending the enormous amount of foolish energy on your excuses.  
Do not stumble or retreat. Just have faith.  It is hard to do, but it is worth it!


© 2020 John Gregory Self

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