11 Reasons You Should Start a Business Networking Group

A few months ago, I began wondering whether I should start a business networking group. After hours of brainstorming its benefits as well as the steps to start a business networking group, I decided to move forward with the idea.
 
 
As a certified public accountant with a responsibility for marketing my firm’s services and bringing on new clients, I wanted to find additional ways to help the firm meet its growth goals. I’m certainly not alone in these desires; many professionals have the same sales and marketing goals and desires.
 
When I started in public accounting after college, any sales or marketing efforts frightened me. I was too much of an introvert to be involved in those activities. However, my perception of sales (as well as my personality) have done a 180. It’s now the most enjoyable part of my daily routine.
 
Following are 11 reasons why you should start a business networking group.

 

Less Time-Consuming

 
Sales and marketing efforts take time. There’s no getting around that. Sales rarely just fall in your lap. You need to expend time and energy to achieve the success you want. 
 
Even though it will take time, starting a business networking group will not take as much time as joining certain existing business networking groups. Some of the largest groups require one-on-one meetings with other group members on a weekly/monthly basis. That really requires a lot of time.
 
Also, having others in the group referring business to you takes a lot less effort and time than finding those prospects all by yourself. 
 

Less Expensive

 
By starting your own business networking group, you decide on the cost structure. Frankly, I recommend you start the group for all of the reasons listed here. Notice you will not see earning direct profits from the group as a reason.
 
Most networking groups charge annual and/or meeting dues. That is understandable only if the group has to pay to use the space where they meet or have food and drink catered. You don’t need to have those costs if you start your own group.
 

Better Membership

 
The most important benefit of a business networking group is the membership. When you start a business networking group, you choose who the members will be. Following are a few recommendations for choosing participating members:
 
1.  Select only two or three people with whom you already have relationships. Meeting with people you already know well will reduce the impact of being in the group as you should already have a referral relationship with people you know well.  
 

Ask two or three of your current circle of influence to join you. Once they agree to be founding members of the business networking group, ask them to bring one name with them to the first meeting. Vet those prospective members among the group and then have the person with the relationship ask them to join. Once that new member joins, go through the same process to continue growing the membership.

2.  Limit the members of the group to one per professional specialty. For example, only one member can be a financial advisor. 
 
3.  Decide one a good maximum limit for membership. You could determine this based on space at the location where you will meet or number of professional specialties you want. You may also just pick a number, i.e., 10, and see how that works before asking whether the group members whether more should be invited to join.
 

You Set the Time and Place

 
The times at which networking meetings occur is likely one of the biggest reasons people won’t attend. It’s difficult for certain people to make it to an early morning meeting, lunch meeting or a meeting after work. 
 
When you start a business networking group, you get to decide on the timing that best works for you. Since you will decide on the time, you’ll know what time to tell each of your prospective members when you ask them to join the group. 
 
The location of the meetings should be somewhere centrally located for the founding members. You want it to be easy for each person to get to. 
 
Naturally, as time progresses and the group matures, the day and location can change. 
 
To make participation in the networking group easier for everyone, the group should meet on the same day of the week/month, e.g., second Thursday of the month, at the same time and at the same location.
 

Ability to Learn from Other Professionals

 
Since the networking group will be composed of different professional specialties, you’ll have the ability to learn from each of them as to their areas of expertise. 
 
For example, a residential real estate agent can teach you about all aspects of the house selling process, including how to stage a residence for sale, improvements for which you’ll get the highest return on investment, times of the year to sell your home, etc. 
 
Hopefully if you decide to sell your home in the future, you’ll use the person in your group as your agent. Even if you don’t, you’ll know the questions to ask an agent.
 

Ability to Learn Marketing/Sales Tips

 
Different professions use different methodologies when selling their services. Some professionals are well-versed in the use of social media, internet marketing, cold-calling, etc. Ask each member of your business networking group to share their sales process so each member can determine if any of the steps in that process can help them.
 

Help Others by Giving Referrals

 
Referring prospects to the group members is important because you will likely not receive any referrals if you don’t.  Before you refer someone to a group member, be confident in that person’s ability. When you refer a friend to that professional, your reputation is on the line. 
 
When giving referrals, ALWAYS give your group member’s contact information to the referral rather than the other way around, unless you receive direct permission from that referral. 
 
Any good salesman will want you to give him the contact information but resist the temptation unless you have express permission.
 

Receive Referrals

 
You decided to start a business networking group primarily to build your business. You want referrals. That’s the reason everyone else joined too – to build their businesses. 
 
If you want to receive referrals from your networking group members or anyone else, you MUST do what you say you will do. You cannot allow a lack of expertise or action jeopardize the referrer’s reputation.

 

Top Three Reasons to Start a Business Networking Group

 

Be a Part of the Success of Others

 
Helping others succeed in their business, relationships or life in general should be more important to you than building your business. You will experience more joy from helping a friend than from selling more services. 
 
You can help your group members succeed by referring prospects, helping them with their sales funnels and even being a sounding board for personal difficulties. The more you help someone succeed, the more you’ll succeed.

 

How to start a business networking group

Build Close Business and Personal Relationships

 
Even though I used the term sales several times within this article, I don’t believe in sales. Instead, I believe in building relationships. My goal is to create trusting relationships with people I meet. 
 
People do business with others they know, like and trust. It’s easy to know a lot of people. It’s also easy to be liked by others. The most difficult part is to be trusted. Once you become a trusted resource, your business will grow like crazy. 
 
When you start a business networking group, you’re giving yourself the opportunities to build close relationships that carry over from business to personal in nature. Become friends with your group members. Learn about their businesses but also learn about their families, their hobbies and their goals. 
 

Be a Positive Influence

 
Each person has the power to influence others. Call it your super hero power. You can influence people for good or you can influence people in bad ways. You choose which you will do.
 
By starting a business networking group, you’re creating a circle of influence. You might be just the person that group member needed to talk with about a failing relationship, difficulties with finances or even to answer spiritual questions. 
 
Be vulnerable in these relationships. By this I mean to answer questions freely and have open discussions without reservation or fear of embarrassment. Be direct but not too direct. You could end up being the most important person in his/her life.
 
Have these 11 reasons convinced you to start a business networking group? If you need help starting your own group, please contact me. I’m happy to help however I can. 
 

Success Comes from Investing in Your Career for the Long-Term

David Gardner, co-founder of The Motley Fool, hosts a weekly podcast titled Rule Breaker Investing. In a recent episode, he discussed one of his long-term goals being to get rid of the term “long-term investor.” He argues the term is redundant. If one is investing, it is always for the long-term. People who buy and sell securities on a short-term basis are not investors, they are traders.

investing in your career for the long-term

Regarding investing, I completely agree with him. Investing and trading both including buying assets in the hopes of value appreciation or making a return. However, only investing has a long-term focus.

Likewise, you can take a long-term or a short-term focus on your career.

When you’re a teen, or even in college, it might be okay to have a short-term focus on your career. Actually, it’s more likely a short-term focus on a job. You didn’t have a career back then, you had a job. It served one purpose – to make money.

After college, however, you started your career. That first place of employment, hopefully, was to serve as the springboard for the remainder of your career.

The Differences between Investing in Your Career for the Long-term and Short-term

What is the real difference between investing in your career for the long-term and investing in it for the short-term? Obviously the difference is a matter of focus on time. 

Employees who focus on the short-term in their careers typically focus only on the amount of money they can make. If they can jump to a different employer and make just a couple of thousand dollars more, they’ll do it.

I’m not saying that is necessarily the wrong thing to do. Each person needs to make a decision for him or herself. 

If you’re focused on investing in your career for the long-term though, you’d make a decision based on how staying with the same company or moving to a different company will impact your career for the next five plus years. You make the choice based on the long-term, not the short-term.

Sometimes, those decisions are based on lifestyle as much as, if not more than, the increase in pay. You should be able to have a life and work. If you work all the time, what good is that really? I learned that lesson in my career…

5 Tips for Investing in Your Career for the Long-term

Now that we agree investing in your career must contain a long-term focus, what actions can you take to help you achieve long-term success in your career? Let’s look at five tips that will help you have that long-term focus.

Focus on Personal Development

No matter what you do in your life, personal development is important. Developing yourself is the greatest long-term investment you can make for your career and your personal life. 

Most people want to get better. Too many people though don’t create a personal development plan. Instead, they leave it all up to chance.

“I’ll read that book when I have time.”

That time never comes if you take that approach.  

Make a plan to improve in all areas of your life. You won’t regret it.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

You can get really comfortable doing the same tasks every day at work. As long as it’s still enjoyable, you can do the same thing day after day. That’s good but to really succeed in your career you’ll need to expand beyond your current responsibilities. 

You’ll need to take a few chances and not be afraid to change. You’ll want to ask for different and more challenging responsibilities.

I’ll give you an example from my career.

Within the first two years of my career, I in-charged several engagement’s called “directors’ exams.” I got really efficient with these types of engagements. Regardless of the staff I worked with, we would finish up a directors’ exam in about two-and-a-half days. Before this, it would take some people a full week to complete these jobs.

The more efficient and effective I became, the more money the firm would make. That was great for the firm. It was also great for my confidence.

There was one problem though.

I got bored!

At the point I determined I couldn’t do those engagements anymore, I chose to talk with my boss. I told him I was bored and wanted something more difficult to work on.

Naturally, I couldn’t just be taken off those jobs entirely but my schedule did change. I was scheduled on more difficult and more rewarding jobs. 

That decision to speak up greatly helped my career.

Be a Generalist

Studies have shown that generalist CEOs make more money than specialist CEOs. Read this article from Cláudia Custódio with the W.P. Carey School of Business of Arizona State University and discover what she says about the topic.

Think about it. CEOs who are good communicators, are visionaries and lead by example have the ability to achieve excellence. They rely on the ability of people with different strengths than their own. 

This is the same reason employees really good at performing a certain task do not make good managers of people with those same tasks. Just because you’re a good sale person does not mean you’ll be a good leader of salespeople.

Early in your career you’ll need to become an expert at something. Do that but also seek out ways to do other things. Take on other projects and learn new skills. Most importantly though, learn to be a better communicator.

Build Your Personal Brand

What you do right now in your career can have a lasting impact on your career. If you want to invest in your career for the long-term, you need to build your personal brand

Whatever you put on social media today will be online forever. Make sure what you post agrees with the brand you’re trying to build. Regardless of how old a social media post is, it could come back to haunt you.

Your brand is more than your online presence, although very important, it is everything you do. Build your brand now to what you want it to be and it will open doors for you in the future.

Build Relationships

“It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.”

We’ve all heard this saying before. It may not seem fair but it is true. The relationships you build can provide you with opportunities down the road. 

Don’t confuse relationships with acquaintances though. 

Acquaintances can be helpful but they won’t put themselves on the line for you. People with whom you have build a close relationship will. You’ll do the same.

Remember though that when you align yourself with someone, make sure that person will represent your brand well. 

Start Investing in Your Career Now

It’s never too late to start investing in your career for the long-term. 

Start now. 

Looking to the future is always a good practice. However, you can’t forget about the here and now. If you don’t perform at a high level now, you can kiss the future goodbye. 

Start investing in your career now by working hard, excelling at everything you do and thinking about the future.

Question for you:  What have you done to invest in your career for the long-term?

3 Opportunities for Building Your Personal Brand this Holiday

building your personal brand

Black Friday in the United States gives an opportunity for certain people to show their true colors. You’re heard the news reports and watched the videos online where crazy shoppers run over fellow shoppers in the rush to get the day’s bargain. Not only will they run someone over in the name of materiality and greed, they will also start fights in the middle of a store.

As NFL Hall of Famer Chris Carter would say, “Come on man!”
 
Not all news about Black Friday was so bad though. Certain companies within Corporate America used the beginning to this holiday shopping season to boost their corporate brands.
 
Most notable of these companies was REI, the outdoor products and apparel retailer. As this Gallup article states, instead of telling employees they would be working extra hours and need to miss Thanksgiving dinner with their families because of early Black Friday sales, REI decided to close its stores on the day after Thanksgiving.
 
Yes, you read that correctly.
 
Since their inception, they’ve promoted the enjoyment of the outdoors. With the decision to be closed on Black Friday, they encouraged employees to enjoy the outdoors and enjoy their families. 
 
That’s a clear demonstration of taking the opportunity to enhance the brand REI has been building for years.
 

Opportunities for building your personal brand

 
Building a brand is not just for companies. You have a personal brand as well.
 
When is the last time you intentionally took the opportunity for building your personal brand?
 
Below are three opportunities you have for building your personal brand during the holiday season.
 

Opportunity Number 1 – Start the Year with a Bang

 
Not much business usually happens during the last couple weeks of the year. Imagine what your boss would say if you changed that paradigm…
 
There are a couple of ways you can use the holiday season at the end of the year to build a strong personal brand.
 

1. Sell some work

 
You’ve been working your tail off all year networking, building relationships and promoting your services. Bring it all together at the end of the year and push something through.
 
It doesn’t really matter how much the services will be for that you sell. Just sell something so you can come in to the office on January 4 and tell your boss that you sold some work. 
 
You’ll be a superstar.
 
Only rainmakers make it rain over the holidays. Everyone else experiences a draught.
 

2. Get caught up

 
While it’s nice to take a lot of time off over the holidays, it’s also nice to use the slow time of year to catch up on work.
 
If your spouse will allow you to not take as much time off as usual, use a few days to catch up on all your work. That way, you will start the year with a fresh outlook.
 
You won’t come back to work stressed that you have so much to do. You’ll still have work but not a pile of it.
 
Don’t get all the way caught up though. You still want to have work to do when January rolls around. 
 
I’ve always said there are only three times when you’ll be caught up: Your first day on the job, your last day on the job and the day you die.
 
You don’t want to experience any of those three this holiday season.
 

3. Be giving

 
Are you known as a person who is always giving or always taking? Maybe you give as much as you take. If you envision building your person brand that will help you succeed, you want to be a giver.
 
You can give your time and your money for charitable purposes. These are wonderful ways to give during the holidays. Hopefully, though, you do not wish to just be building your personal brand based on that kind of giving. 
 
In my opinion, EVERY form of charitable giving should be for the purpose of giving, not for the purpose of promotion. 
 
As Simon Sinek would say, “Making money cannot be your why. It is a result and will always be a result” [paraphrased].
 
I love hearing about anonymous gifts to charities during the holidays, or any time of year for that matter. The people who do that, deserve to be praised but don’t want or expect it!
 
You can also give to your clients and co-workers. It’s a perfect time of year demonstrate your thankfulness to them. 
 
Send a hand-written note with more than “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” on it. Make it personal. Show you care. 
 
If you have the means to do so, send a small gift as well. Make it something useful and heartfelt. If possible, tie it to something you’ve talked with that person about.
 

Be Consistent and Intentional

 
REI made a splash this Thanksgiving by promoting its brand of living for the outdoors. It did something great for its employees and customers.
 
Companies like Chic-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby live their brands throughout the year by being closed on Sundays. Imagine how much revenue they could gain by being open on Sundays. It doesn’t matter to them. 
 
We’re not yet sure about REI as to whether not being open on Black Friday was in true support of its mission or whether its just for publicity. It doesn’t really matter because it helped it enhance its brand. 
 
We do know that Chic-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby live their brands because they do not open on Sundays…year after year.
 
Are you going to take the opportunity for building your personal brand this holiday season like REI did for its brand? I hope so. 
 
Better yet, will you be consistent and intentional to build your personal brand like Chic-Fil-A does?
 
In the end, your actions need to be both consistent and intentional. It can’t be a one-time thing or every now and then. A brand represents consistency. 
 
Question for you: How will you go about building your personal brand to start the new year?

9 Tips for Learning How to Be More Confident at Work

Do you want to know how to be more confident at work? As a professional, having a high degree of self-confidence will be key for achieving success at work … and in every other aspect of your life.

Employers want confident employees because confident employees are self-motivated, efficient and creative.

Confident employees also turn into confident leaders.

How to be more confident at work

 Do you want to know how to be more confident at work? Or do you want to continue slugging through the daily grind, complaining of being underpaid and underappreciated? Hopefully its the former rather than the latter.

Since you want to know how to be more confident at work, following are nine tips for gaining that confidence.

1. Focus on Your Strengths

The most confident people work within their strengths. Trying to do something at which you know you are not blessed with the ability will drag you down emotionally.

By this point in your life, you should know what your talents are. Are you able to use those talents, i.e., strengths, at work on a daily basis? If not, try to find a different career in which you can work within your strengths. 

A few years ago, I took the Strengthsfinder 2.0 test. I was curious to see what the results would be because I’ve always been an introvert. 

The results of the short test were astounding. Four of my five biggest strengths were spot-on. I saw them and thought, “Of course that represents me.”

My number one strength, however, was a complete shock to me.

My number one strength was “Relator.” At first, I didn’t think that was possible. But then I read the description of what a relator is. Sure enough, that is my number one strength. I don’t like to make friends just for the sake of having friends. But when I enter into any type of relationship, I try to make it deep. I want friends, not acquaintances.

In reality, my career has allowed me to use that strength more and more as I progress. Building relationships is what I deem to be the most interesting and fun aspect of my career.

So if you really want to know how to be more confident at work, buy Strengthsfinder 2.0 and start using your top strengths.

2. Enjoy Your Job

Being good at your job is one thing. You also want to enjoy what you do. Being good at and enjoying are not always the same.

If you can find something you’re good at and enjoy, then you’ve found the sweet spot. 

For example, I’m really good at bookkeeping. If I did that for a living though, I’d flip out. It is not what I like.

What do you really like to do? 

Do you need interaction with people or do you enjoy working alone? Do you enjoy using your mind or just repetitious tasks using your hands? 

Do you need to be creative to have fun or do things by rote?

Whatever you like to do, if you want to know how to be more confident at work, find that intersection between what you like and what you’re good at doing.

3. Have High Expectations

What would be the point in building confidence if you didn’t expect it to improve your future? 

You can make your future whatever you want it to be. You should expect it to be great. 

Those expectations are not just because of you though. Expect great things from those you work with. The trick with expectations is communicating them to all parties. If others do not know what your expectations are, they won’t know how to meet them.

I’ve suffered from this in the past when dealing with my coworkers and employees. I have high expectations of everyone I work with. Partially that is because we hire very smart, personable, self-motivated people. They demand much of themselves so high expectations are the norm for everyone.

I’ll identify something that can and should be improved. I’ll change it and then keep seeing it without it being corrected. I get so frustrated. 

That’s my fault though. I’ve never told anyone to correct it. My expectations are just that they will notice I made the change and then change it going forward. Shame on me for not telling them.

As you continue to set, meet and then exceed your own expectations, your confidence will continue to grow.

4. Dress to Impress

Yes, I’m a nerd. 

Sometimes when I work from home, I still get dressed up in a suit. Why? Because I feel better and more professional being dressed in professional work attire.

Part of my personal brand, which I’ve worked hard to create and manage, is to wear a suit and tie every day. Just last month, some of my clients were joking with me that I probably even mow the lawn with a tie on.

I don’t go quite that far.

Anyway, dressing up always makes me more confident. 

Wear clothes that fit properly and look good, and you’ll see your confidence soar. 

The suit that does it for me the most is a fully tailored suit and French cuff dress shirt. Both fit me perfectly. I just feel so good when I wear them.

For you to know how to be more confident at work, I recommend investing (it is an investment, not an expense) in a tailored suit. Don’t go to a store where they will bring in the jacket a little and hem the pants to the right length. Get a suit made. It will be more costly but I promise you that it is worth it!

5. Smile to Be Happy

Smiling induces the body to release certain chemicals that will increase your happiness. When you smile, you will feel happier. When you feel happier, you will feel more confident.

It’s only a theory but I believe only happy people can truly confident. 

You’re probably thinking, “That can’t be right. There is this really mean guy I work with but he has more confidence that anyone else.”

That may be how it appears but I believe his confidence is truly a falsified ego that is used as a defense mechanism for his lack of confidence.

I used to coach high school volleyball. We were playing a match against my alma mater and were faring well. Our middle hitter made a mistake and got really down on himself. He was talented but we had to regulate his demeanor.

After he made that mistake, I didn’t chew him out, yell at him or even try to correct what he did wrong. Instead, I yelled out to him, “SMILE!” 

He gave me this strange look and then smiled. I knew that if he would keep his emotions in check, he would be more confident and play better. It worked!

An article from Psychology Today delves into the secrets of happiness. It doesn’t specifically address smiling but it does address many benefits of smiling and being happy.

Watch your confidence soar when you smile more often. You’ll even find that it is contagious. The more you smile, the more others will as well.

6. Celebrate Small Wins

One of Dave Ramsey’s teachings of the debt snowball is to pay off the smallest debt balance you have, regardless of the interest rate. He realized that most people need to win a small battle early on or they will stop fighting the war.

Sure, it makes sense to pay off the highest interest rate debt first. That would save you the most money. However, if you are not strong-willed enough to continue paying off that debt, it won’t matter.

We think the same way in any other task. 

Think about dieting. If you continue to focus on losing a huge number of pounds, you’ll become discouraged every time you step on the scale. However, focus on losing two pounds per week, and you can celebrate the achievement of a goal every week.

Winning creates momentum. Winning creates confidence.

To know how to be more confident by celebrating small wins, break large goals into steps. Each step should be small and short enough to be achieved quickly.

7. Spend Time with Confident People

Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

I love this quote and think of it often. 

Have you noticed how misery loves company? Unsuccessful people hang around others who are unsuccessful. Complainers spend time with complainers. Stressed people hang around other stressed people.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, happy people hang out with happy people, confident with confident, successful with successful.

That’s no accident. 

Be intentional about who you spend the most time with. When you find yourself spending time with someone who is always complaining, stop spending time with her. 

8. Be Healthy

This should be a no-brainer. If it was though more people would take their health seriously. 

Are you as healthy as you want to be? If not, what’s holding you back?

I know the answer to that…time. You don’t think you have time. I hear you. I use that excuse too.

Think about two things about time and being healthy. Even the most important business leaders in the world today have only 24 hours in a day. You have no more time than they do and they have no more than you. We all have the same amount of time.

Also, one of those business leaders is Richard Branson, head of the Virgin companies. When asked what his number one tip for productivity is, he answered, “Work out.” That tells you something right there.

It’s odd to me how we as a society have to focus so much on getting healthy. Shouldn’t that be the norm? Instead, we eat processed foods high in chemicals and sugars and then sit all day. That’s a recipe for disaster. 

Ask me how to be more confident at work by being healthy and I’ll give you a short list of simple things to do:

  1. Drink more water, no soft drinks
  2. Get out of your chair often
  3. Don’t eat anything that came out of a vending machine
  4. Sleep more

That’s it. Each is simple. They are even easy when you focus on your health rather than convenience.

9. Be in the Now

You cannot be stressed if you focus on now. Stress comes from focusing on the past and the future, rather than the now. Stress is the result of your thoughts. 

I can’t say it much better than Prince Ea can in the video below. He shares how to eliminate stress in 60 seconds. Watch it, you will be happy you did.

How to Be More Confident At Work

There you have it. Nine easy tips for building confidence at work. 

Use these tips to enhance your confidence and grow in your career. You are in control of your confidence, your career and your future. No one controls any of them. Only you do.

Be the author of your own story. Be the CEO of your career. 

Question for you: What else have you done to be more confident at work? 

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29 Reasons this Is the Right Career for Me

This is the right career for me

Earlier this week, I was reminded several times about how much I enjoy my career. In each instance, the voice in my head said, “That proves this is the right career for me.” Crazy as it sounds, I actually had that thought each time.

You can love what you do and still have some areas you’d like to improve. While I may grumble every now and then about the increasing bureaucracy I have to deal with, I undeniably enjoy what I do. Without improvement, there will be no growth. Without growth, I’d be bored.

Is this the right career for me?

Before, during and maybe even after college, you asked, “Which career is right for me?”

Eventually you landed in what you’re doing now. You decided this job was what you were going to do. It was right for you at the time.

Is your career still right for you? 

You probably see co-workers leave for other opportunities all the time. Obviously the career was not right for them. Does that mean you’ve made a bad choice? Should you be taken those opportunities like your friends have?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

You won’t change until the pain of change is less than the pain of staying the same. 

In other words, until the unknown of that other opportunity is more appealing than the known of your current job, you’re going to stay where you are.

So how can you judge the unknown and the known? That’s really hard to do. 

Here’s what I would do instead. Think about the things you like about your current job and decide whether that would also happen or be available in the other opportunity. Also, you’ll want to figure out what would be better in the new opportunity than in the current. Be sure about it.

Let’s look at the positive side of that equation. What do you enjoy about your current job that would make you say, “This is the right career for me.”

The Right Career List

Complete the following sentence in as many ways as possible and write them down.

This is the right career for me because…

Below are several of the reasons I’ve come up with for my career. Some of them might mirror your ideas. Maybe you’ve never even thought of them and now you realize you do enjoy that aspect.

Here goes..

This is the right career for me because:

  1. My clients view me as their trusted advisor.
  2. It makes me smile to talk with certain clients.
  3. I consider most of my clients as friends.
  4. Instead of shaking hands, my clients give me hugs.
  5. It makes me feel good to help my clients solve problems.
  6. It makes me feel good to help my clients brainstorm new ideas.
  7. My clients’ families feel like members of my family.
  8. I’m good at what I do.
  9. I enjoy what I do.
  10. I enjoy experiences here another opportunity could not guarantee.
  11. I get to help others learn.
  12. Leadership opportunities present themselves frequently.
  13. Building relationships is at the heart of my job.
  14. I get opportunities to speak.
  15. I get opportunities to write.
  16. I get to work with different people.
  17. I get to work in different places.
  18. I have a lot of flexibility in my schedule.
  19. I get to travel.
  20. I work with people smarter than me.
  21. I get to work out of my comfort zone which helps me grow.
  22. It allows me to learn new things frequently.
  23. There is no opportunity for boredom.
  24. It pays well so I am able to provide for my family.
  25. Something good happens every day.
  26. I thrive under pressure.
  27. It allows my Christian virtues to shine through.
  28. I impact others’ lives.
  29. I choose to make it that way.

Of course there are things I don’t like about my job too (a.k.a bureaucracy) but they do not outweigh what I love about my job. Some of the things I like are also things I don’t like. 

For example, traveling is a fun part of my job. However, it’s difficult traveling like I do because it takes me away from my wife and daughters. I like it but I don’t too. 

Stop Straddling the Fence

If you are on the fence and keep looking to the other side and all you see is green pasture, remember than it will be green wherever it is watered. Start watering your side of the fence and see how green it can get.

Today, I want to challenge you to critically think about the good parts of your job. Make a list similar to what is above. Determine now if you’re in the right career for you. Don’t wait. 

Life is too short to waste our time in the wrong career. It’s too short to not be happy. You need to work to provide. You probably even want to work. So why not do it and say, “I’ve found the right career for me.”