Own your magic, baby.
"The point of being alive is to be the complete person you were intended to be." -Oprah Winfrey
At 25, you are hardly what Oprah refers to as the "complete person you were intended to be." Your future likely holds several promotions, a couple kids, and maybe even a shift to a different industry. You've got at least another 50 years of working. Sigh.
That is another 50 years opportunities.
Every business is different. Every industry is different. However, successful people in every industry are passionate about their future (and money), which requires a lot more than simply being good at something.
Have you noticed that most industries require continued education? There's a reason.
You won't survive designing the same style for decades, nor using outdated technology.
The same goes for the service industry. How often do you choose a restaurant that accepts cards versus one that only accepts cash?
You want a wedding planner that understands the latest trends, not one that sends you down the aisle looking like a Christmas present.
We continue to find cures and better treatments to different disease states because healthcare professionals never stop researching and learning. Must I go on?
Knowledge is power.
What do industry leaders look for?
An article in the Harvard Business Review discussed the value of proper grammar.
"If job hopefuls can’t distinguish between 'to' and 'too,' their applications go into the bin,"Kyle Wiens said.
Do you think that's too extreme?
"After all, grammar has nothing to do with job performance, or creativity, or intelligence, right? Wrong. If it takes someone more than 20 years to notice how to properly use 'it’s,' then that’s not a learning curve I’m comfortable with," Wiens continued.
Let's be real. Educators have been reminding us of these critical principles since elementary school.
You probably think this is irrelevant if you don't have a career in writing. Don't hold on to that thought — Wiens run a technology company, not a newspaper.
Apple didn't become one of the Big Four by employing people who don't know the difference between "their," "there," and "they're."
Those are simple things that can set you apart from your competition, but there is so much more that you can be doing.
Ask yourself a question. Are you valuable to your industry?
If not, why? Why is your competition better? (don't stop reading now!)
Take continued education courses. Go to industry expos. Attend a seminar. Read blogs about your industry. Stay up to date on current events.
The second you aren't ahead of the curve, you become expendable. There is always someone out there who can do your job better and cheaper. Give yourself a competitive edge.
You're missing an opportunity to meet valuable contacts by missing seminars. You are not up to date if you aren't researching your industry. I can guarantee that you'll discover something life-changing.
Do yourself a favor. Don't get comfortable. Challenge yourself. You can never know too much.
Oprah didn't become one of the wealthiest women in the world by chance. She worked for it.
I'm challenging you today to identify your magic.
You don't know or feel like something is missing?
Remember, YOU'RE UNIQUE. So is your business.
I can help you discover your brand, create consistency, and communicate your message so that you own your magic!
It's easy. Just message me and we will get started.
P.S. This message was fuel by caffeine and happy puppy pics. Here's one to brighten your day!