A Writer’s Adventure Pt. 30

 

Discouraged

 

progressHello everyone, after some soul searching, reading, and careful thought, I figured this is a great opportunity to shape this blog for it’s intended, to help people overcome obstacles by reading real experiences.

Let’s do that today.

When A Writer’s Adventure was created, this is what I had in mind, but the blog kind of lost sight. Not to say the information provided wasn’t helpful, I just feel preachy and I don’t like it.

Honestly, when I fail, the last thing I want is to read something preachy, so, in effort to stay away from that realm, I’ll write a short story about my experiences, so that you can make an informative decision, without feeling like you’re being “fussed” at.

The title of this piece is Discouraged

 

Discouraged

By

Eleanor O’Hara

 

After spending forty-three days in New York City, I’m still learning how to handle myself. Successfully maneuvering through the city is a vital skill. Google Maps isn’t always the best navigator, often it takes me the around about way, instead of telling me to walk straight. Now when I use the app, I enlarge the map to see if I can find a better way.

For example, a couple of days ago, I took the A subway train to the financial district. I had business at the consumer affairs building. Using the app, I followed the turns only to realize that I could’ve went straight and reach the same destination, in less time. I don’t blame the app itself, it’s helpful, no doubt, but it’s little things, like these, I try to remember so I can make my life better. Because right now, I need all the help I can get.

Twenty-one days ago I was hired for a job at one of the largest financial institutions in world. I’m still waiting for a training date. My creditors are going ape-shit because I can’t give them a concrete date of when I can pay them. Hell, I wish I knew, too!

In short of hightailing it back to Virginia, I thought long about what to do about my situation. No one likes to call home to say things are terrible, but I did it anyway. Past experience taught me that people who care about me are the ones I should be most honest. There is no sense in creating a fairytale of glitz and glamour when I’m days away from being on the street.

I don’t think about being on the street, in fact, I refuse to let that image form in my mind. It’s not an option. Instead, I keep fighting. Being that I had no clue of when I’d start working, I had to make some cash. Daily I applied for at least ten jobs, conforming my resume to fit each one, whether I was qualified or not.

The most bizarre thing was when I applied to the jobs, I wasn’t feeling it. I didn’t like any of them, except for one and it just happened that I got a response right away. I interviewed, was hired and started work the next day. By then end of the week, I earned $190 – cash.

When I read the ad, I didn’t think I would get a response being, that every comedy internship I applied for didn’t contact me. And instead of an internship, the job was selling comedy show tickets in Times Square. The deepest thought that ran through my mind was, you hate sales, but what harm would it do if you sold just one ticket? Or two? You’d have money.

It wasn’t a hard decision. Yes, I hate selling, but I must love it, at least for right now. Selling is a skill and mine is well-developed or at least I thought.

The next week I was pumped and excited to hit the streets and come home with a couple hundred dollars. I didn’t make anything that day or the next. Being discouraged isn’t part of my character, so I sought to fix this problem immediately. I reflected on my mistakes. I couldn’t close. I asked my manager for some more training.

I think because I asked for help, it came right away. No one was mean or belittled me for sucking. More than ten years ago, I sold cars and one of the sales managers was a pure jerk. Every other word was an insult and he was mad when people didn’t sell. I think that discouraged me from wanting to sell anything ever again.

Then on TV, there are stressed out bosses who do the same. It sucks that this is still common and socially accepted. Anyway, I got the helped I needed right away and I’m getting my mind right, so I can be comfortable with closing. No matter what, I have to make money until the job starts.

Yeah, it sucks that I have to wait for training because they won’t train one person, but I have make a judgment call. One, this is a great position with a reputable company and it will make my resume look great, while I’m in pursuit of building a writing career. Two, if I let the job go, I’d have to start all over again. I jumped through four unpleasant hoops to get the interview.

The company qualified applicants before wasting a single breath of air on them. I endured a series of competency and skill tests after speaking with not one, not two, but three job recruiters. So, I’d be foolish to let the job go because they’re not moving fast enough for me. Now that I have money coming in, they can take as long as they want. My being broke is not their problem, so I can’t be angry. I’m not the first person to wait for training and I won’t be the last. If I’m an asshole about the whole deal, they’ll find someone else. I won’t give them the opportunity.

Just like I won’t give into discouragement. Stuff happens all of the time, but being proactive helps the pain. When I didn’t sell for two days, I asked for help. The only way to overcome my weaknesses is to recognized them and reach out to the right people to make them stronger. Now I don’t suck as bad as before and after today, I’ll suck even less.

My goal is not the best the best ticket seller in Times Square. My goal is to keep a roof over my head, food in my stomach, and work on my writing career. If I don’t lose sight of what’s most important, I will always find a way to work things out.

 

Convivial Suites: Corporate Takedown

Convivial Suites

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A short story, episodic series.

After the board of directors denies her a long, sought after promotion, a cunning hotel manager, along with her disgruntled co-workers, execute a master plan to destroy the entire hotel chain.

Episode 1

Rejection

Mattie Ramsey has a feeling she’s been demoted instead promoted. Rich, the CFO and love of her life, is acting strange and she wants answers. When her arch enemy and chairperson, Babs, confirms Mattie’s suspicions, the news sends Mattie on a downward spiral of self-loathing and rage.

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Thinking Out Loud

It’s amazing how fast time goes by when you think it’s creeping along. For example, last night I noticed I hadn’t posted anything four days. Yikes!

Though my mind is preoccupied, I can’t use it as an excuse to stop paying attention to active projects. Before I go further, let me change the tone because this sounds like a A Writer’s Adventure post.

What I’m doing here is venting. I want readers to know that the struggle is real. I’ve lived in New York City for a month and it’s been the most terrifying experience of my life.

On the flip side, I’m breaking out of my shell and finding out who I really am. I’m stronger than I thought. I simply refuse to let this place beat me.

I came close to throwing in the towel and I mean to the tune of buying a bus ticket and waiting a few hours to go back home.

It was so hard to decide because I gave up everything in my old life to start a new one and I was giving up before the fight really began.

One thing I did was I started talking to people. Everything is not on the internet. I learned how to better navigate through city and find training and job programs to help me establish my new career.

I’m going to tell you a secret, if you ever decide to go after your goals, you’d better keep your head on straight. What I mean is, never lose sight of what you are doing and why you’re doing it.

Each time I want to throw in the towel, I remind myself that what I wish to do would take much longer at home because they lack the resources. In The Big Apple, opportunity is everywhere, but you have to be smart about it.

You must pick your battles.

The other day I went to Brooklyn to see an apartment and attend an information meeting for production assistants. Being that I didn’t know my way around, I couldn’t waste time.

On average, I give myself a hour to get to get somewhere. This works and it’s my rule of thumb. I usually arrive at places fifteen minutes early.

Back to the seeing the apartment. I called this guy and reminded him that we spoke a couple of days prior. An he wasn’t prepared to show me the place. We set a time for me to call, we could me.

It was obvious he didn’t write anything down. He wanted me to call back in twenty minutes to see if he could arrange a showing and he had the nerve to sound irritated. In my mind, we did this two days prior. I saw it was an hour a ten minutes before the meeting. At that point I said “forget it”.

My time is valuable. What the point of calling someone, being courteous, making arrangements, when the other party forgets you? I’ll tell you, the old me would’ve accepted that behavior.

Each time I say “no” to ridiculous things, I get stronger and in this city, you have to have an alligator’s skin or you will get nothing accomplished.

Sure, I need a permanent place to stay, but not at the cost of wasting my time and insulting my intelligence. He lost a great tenant and I lost a crappy landlord. In hindsight, I think he would’ve been a terrible person to rent from.

Sure, he probably has people contacting him all of the time; not my problem. Sure, he probably is busy; not my problem. He lost my money by no being considerate. I didn’t place the ad, he did. If it’s a hassle to show the place, then take it off the market.

The bottom line is he wanted me to conform to his schedule and I didn’t. I didn’t have twenty minutes to give him. He missed that opportunity by not caring enough to stick the original appointment at eleven am. I didn’t call him to be social.  He didn’t make time for me, so why should I do the same?

I know that’s a bit of a rant, but I want you to understand, that you don’t have to take a person’s crap. If you do everything in your power the right way, then why can’t others be held accountable, too?

Just because I’m in an uncomfortable situation doesn’t mean that I will put up with nonsense. Knowing what I want helps me stay focused. By that I mean, I know how I want to be treated and I demand to be treated with respect, not as an afterthought or a pest.

All in all, I made the right choice. I went to the information meeting and I made it just in time. That’s pretty good for a girl who doesn’t know her way through Brooklyn. Asking people along the way helped.

Once I was headed in the right direction, I kept asking people on the bus and on the street and I got to where I needed to be. My mom told me that I’d better open my mouth and start talking if I want to make it and she was right.

Chipping away from my shell is getting easier. I’m letting my true self shine and it feels good.

Thanks for “listening” and I hope you take something from this post. If it helps a little, it means a lot. Seize the day, enjoy life.

 

A Writer’s Adventure Pt. 28

Self-Assurance

When in transition from one career to the next, it’s important to keep your head above water. From experience, I’ll admit that allowing yourself to be victimized by circumstances is not, in any way, fruitful.

Of course it’s easier said than done, but my hope is to help you understand your mindset when attempting to change, whatever it is, you wish to change.

For example, the last couple of weeks were terrible for me. I hate negative talk, but let’s call a spade a spade. While I’m fulfilling my dreams, I’m looking for supplemental income to pay the bills.

Though I’ve been hired, yesterday was the two week anniversary of my interview. As I work on my patience, I used the time to apply for other part-time work to make money.

After thirty applications, I have an interview today. Persistence does pay off. I got up at five each morning, got on the job site and went after jobs that would suit my current situation.

Here, I think, is where people would get frustrated and that’s where the self-assurance comes in. It’s very important to keep your big goal in mind when searching for jobs.

At the same time, when your bank account is screaming to be fed, it’s hard to resist applying for every job your qualified for. The danger in this is that, if you don’t keep your mind on your goal and you focus on just getting money, then you’ll entrap yourself into a bad situation.

When your self-assured, you keep yourself in check. You rely on your self-confidence and knowing what you want to see yourself through.

For instance, you want to transition from fast food to the banking industry. Your resume is posted on a popular job board and other restaurants are looking are contacting you. What do you do when you hate where you work and the change seems so great, you’re willing to switch to a different company just to ease the pain.

The danger is that, eventually, the new restaurant job will be like the last restaurant job, then you stew in regret. If you’re going to be mad and disappointed, then it may make sense to stay where you are until you build the skills needed to transition to the next field.

At least then, you’ll gain more control over your destiny by not starting over with a new company, doing the same job. Transitioning is tough, but if you are proactive, you can make the transition successful, without many mishaps.

Being proactive means staying on top of your game. When you’re trying to transition, you take advantage of free training programs, you network with others in the industry to gain insight on what’s to come, so you can best prepare yourself for the long haul.

It can be done, but it’s done best, when you believe in yourself and what you’re doing. Lack of faith makes the road harder to travel.

What qualities do you have that make you a self-assured person?

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Short Story Release

The Death of Prissi Sue Tout

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Prissi Sue Tout tossed the full bag of garbage inside the smelly can, then she froze at the sight of a cute, black kitten. It meowed and rubbed its short, shiny body against the child’s untied tennis shoe.

“Go on, bad luck kitty,” Prissi said as she tied her shoelace. “If Mama sees you, she’ll x all the windows in Kentucky.” Prissi carried the kitty to the front lawn and set it by the curb.

“Prissi, your eggs are getting cold,” Mama called from backdoor. Prissi wiped the sweat from her brow and went inside.

After she dried her hands, Prissi stood on her tippy toes to see the kitty outside the window, but the good luck stuff blocked her view. On the window sill stood a tall, pop bottle filled with pop-tops. Next, stood a tall glass filled with tall stalks of leafy, pea-green bamboo, and last, stood a naked bingo troll with tall, green hair.

Prissi sat before the plate of fried, sunny-side eggs. As the buttery aroma wafted to her freckled nose, the kitten meowed. Prissi’s eyes grew as wide as the egg yolks when she saw her mama mark an imaginary x over the window.

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A Writer’s Adventure Pt. 27

thumbs-downDealing with Rejection

After all of my hard work and dedication, my work didn’t place in a national writing competition. What do I do?

Before the contest, I studied past winners to get a feel of what the editors were looking for in choosing winning stories. I read several books on how to write winning contest stories, but still, I didn’t win.

Of course, my feelings are hurt, but more than that, I must find out why editors aren’t choosing my work. So, back to square one.

Dealing with rejection isn’t a simple task, not only does the ego take a punch in the face, your thoughts about your abilities take a hit, too.

By facing rejection with an open mind, you can successfully evaluate your problem without taking things personally. To do this, you must understand the rejection isn’t personal.

Being rejected for a job or contest isn’t the same as being rejected in a relationship. The people don’t know you, they are evaluating your work.

With this in mind, I can look at the problem without being bitter or thinking, I’m a great writer, the editors are crazy! No, this is the wrong attitude to have.

I see it like this; the editors know exactly what they’re looking for and my work lacked those qualities. I don’t know what the story lacked, but I will learn more about my craft, so when I read the story again, I can possibly see what they saw and not make the same mistakes again.

By seeing this setback as an opportunity to learn, I can motivate myself to be better. My work wasn’t good enough, I accept that and my new goal is to be a better writer.

If I took the rejection personal, I would block my way to success. I face enough obstacle, I don’t need to create more.

Sure, things would be easier if I received a critique on my work, but it being rejected is enough to tell me something wasn’t right.

Turn rejection into an opportunity to shine. When you’re passed over for a job, evaluate the circumstances to discover what changes need to be made, so the next time, you are chosen.

How did you handle your last rejection?

A Writer’s Adventure Pt. 26 

Motivation

When I think about motivation, I think about what gets me out of bed in the morning. For the past couple of weeks, living in a new city has taken a toll on me and finding the motivation to keep pressing on is hard.

I’ve lived in New York City for almost a month and the struggle is real. Superreal. When obstacles come my way I have to reach deep, down to find the sole reason of my being here.

By reminding myself of my ultimate goal, I keep myself going. With that being said, I’ve relaxed on writing. I’ve allowed myself to become a bit lazy.  motivation-by-michael-jordan-quote

The laziness comes from not being staying focused on my goal, which is different from remembering the goal. I tell myself that I’m tired and than I need to sleep and rest rather than work, when my work is what made me make this incredible move.

Keeping myself motivated to write is more difficult than I imagined. I’m happy to recognize this problem so that I can do something about it.

I don’t accept my lame reasons for not writing. If I don’t write, then all this struggle and strife is for nothing. One thing is true, I refuse to throw all of this away because I don’t feel like it.

Now, it’s gut check time. I know the cause of my lack of motivation and I’ve thought about how to keep myself going.

Many of us fall into this trap, especially when we don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel. For example, I applied for dozens of writing gigs last week and I keep getting rejected.

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I spent hours conforming resumes to suit the application and qualifications, and I got nothing. It’s tiring and I could’ve spent those hours producing content.

Short of beating myself up, I stopped.

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By getting off the hamster wheel, you give yourself time to reflect on what you’re doing. You must give yourself time to analyze your actions so you can figure out if it’s the right move.

One thing was clear, I wasn’t getting any responses. I thought about why. I asked myself why wasn’t I getting calls or emails?

The answer: I had a typo on every resume I sent out. Over a dozen resumes had a typo.

I recovered from this devastating blow by understanding that I’m human, not a machine. Just because I can sit at the computer for hours and hours, doesn’t mean that my brain doesn’t get tired.

Also, it let me know that I need to proofread with fresh eyes. When filling out the applications and writing the resumes, I didn’t take a break. I didn’t even eat.

By recognizing mistakes, you can adjust your habits and become more efficient. When your more efficient, it builds confidence. Confidence increases motivation.

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When you lack motivation, always, always, always identify the problem, so you can know what you need to do to succeed. Don’t accept the fact that you just don’t feel like it today, find out why.

When you lack the motivation to press on, where does it come from?

 

 

 

 

Parents VS Kids – A short story

Parents VS Kids

By

Eleanor O’Hara

December, Virginia, 2017

Snow flurries blew through the air, landing here and there, never stuck anywhere, because it’s too damn warm outside to have a white Christmas. Which was just as well because the Hamill family could do with or without the snow, either way, it gave Greg and Judy something to talk about, if the kids decided not to visit.

If.

There was a call about a handheld snow-blower that Judy ordered online. There wasn’t anything strange about her buying things from television, it was her thing. The product would be most practical in the northern regions of the country, but Judy, thinking she was being practical, bought the device to blow frozen sheets of snow. When she couldn’t return the device, she called one of her two adult children to solve the problem and that’s when the boy, Jared and the girl, Kim met in secret, to discuss the future of their parents.

They concurred that Greg and Judy lost some of their intelligence due to the fast-paced world around them. Like trying to blow frozen snow, Greg and Judy Hamill refuse to evolve and remain stuck, in time. No matter how the children tried to bring them into the future and make them understand that what they believed practical, for the last fifty-some-odd-years, was obsolete today, Greg and Judy ignored them. Trying to make them understand, was like speaking to blocks of ice in the middle of a cold, cold room. No response, no interest, just parents being parents.

The children were dumfounded and wondered how could they make Greg and Judy learn the world of today, without offending them. God forbid, they should make their parents feel, dumb, they would never hear the end of it. They loved their parents and didn’t want to bruise their ego, but in this case, it wasn’t possible. With guts and rebuttals intact, the children promised to visit this Christmas, vowing to bring Greg and Judy into the twenty-first century, by any means necessary.

 

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Christmas Day.

The Hamill family gathered for dinner. Greg and Judy held hands at the end of the table and smiled at their accomplishment and Jared could feel their happiness. Their big, beautiful home, now paid in-full, would fall part at any moment. The cars were paid-in full, but has an expensive, SR-22 insurance because the Hamill’s sometimes forget to put the cars in park or they leave the keys inside, making things easier for criminals.

And the children, may God bless them, then strike them dead for being smart-asses, Jared, for sure. He believed that his parents figured there was only one reason why both their hellions, er, offspring would show up for Christmas and that is to put them away.

Jared absorbed Greg and Judy’s contentious smiles at he, Kim, and their grandchild. The last thing Jared and Kim wanted to do was to take over parent’s their home and lives. They had their own lives to live and controlling Greg and Judy had no benefits, nor would it be fun and enjoyable. Jared considered it a calamitous, gruesome task that he wouldn’t wish on the worst person alive. May God have mercy on him for trying to make their lives better, when he was miserable in his own.

Jared stood with a mug of rum-spiked eggnog. He looked down at his twenty-year-old son, who might have wondered what his father was up to. Jared smiled a little, then sipped a little. The thick, warmth of the drink jolted his taste buds and relaxed his mind from the hard, task ahead. After glancing at his younger, sister, the artist, she blinked her large green eyes at him, urging Jared to get on with it.

“Hello, I’m Jared. You may remember me from such moments as, ‘Mom, can I please throw this out, it expired two years ago,’ or ‘hey dumbass, don’t pee on the neighbor’s fence, that’s the dog’s job, and my all-time favorite, ‘I don’t care if she is your sister, you’re taking her to the goddamn prom.’ Well, times have changed, Mom and Dad. We’re not fifteen anymore and we haven’t been for quite some time. I’m forty-five, with an adult kid of my own, so, don’t think I can’t feel your pain­–.”

“Hey,” Jared Jr. looked up at his dad and frowned. “I’m a full-time, college student with a three-point-eight grade average, what the hell are you complaining about?”

Jared didn’t want to look silly in front of the entire family, but it was too, late. Arguing with Junior was like taking punches from Mike Tyson. “Excuse me,” Jared said and turned from his waiting parents to talk semi-privately with his son. “You eat all of the cereal.”

Junior scoffed. “Really? Sue me. When I pass the bar exam, I’m going to kick your ass.”

Jared nodded. “That’s fair,” he said, so no could hear, but everyone leaned in to listen. Embarrassment rushed over him as he turned back to his parents and cleared his throat.

Greg and June were astonished. They looked like a stunned pair of wax figures.

“How, can you let him talk to you like that, Jared?” Greg asked. “He has no damn respect for his elders! What kind of crazy crap is this? That ain’t no way to raise a family. If you’d talk to us that way, my God I would’ve knocked you clear to Georgia and made you pick me some peaches.”

Jared needed saving and his sister saw it.

“That’s the part of the problem, Dad.” Kim said. “You see, Junior’s not being any more disrespectful than Jared is being to him. It’s tit for tit.”

Jared shook his head at his sister. “No, that’s not how it goes.”

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A Writer’s Adventure Pt. 25

Expand Your Skills by Volunteering

If there’s a will, there’s a way. You’re familiar with this saying and it’s true.

Let’s say you don’t have some of the skills needed to score a job in your profession and you don’t know how to go about getting them. Let’s also assume that school is out of the question.

If you’ve already been to college and you don’t have then certain skills needed for the job you want, you need to find a way to develop them. Sure, you’ve got the degree, but you lack the years of hands-on experience that would qualify you for the position.

For example, I chose creative writing as a major instead of TV production. Through I have the years of writing experience, I don’t have the years of production experience, what do I do?

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First, I don’t fret, if there’s a will there’s a way. I gain TV production experience through volunteering.

By volunteering, you show that you take your profession seriously by using your free time to learn and help. Yes, everyone wants to get paid for their time, but if you concentrate on the pay-off, it’s huge.

You gain knowledge through a hands-on experience, building a skill set that will enhance your career, for yeas to come. Don’t sell yourself short by not getting involved with local projects that interest you.

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Start small.

Think about your profession and the skills you lack. Research organizations that will help you grow.

For example, if you wish to learn sound production, you’ll want to find festivals coming to your area. Go to their webpage, find the volunteer page and sign up for a task, closest to your the skills you need to develop.

If there’s no volunteer page, use the contact page to email and ask how to volunteer. Don’t give up.

Build a rapport with the coordinator by showing your interest in their project. Research the organization and tell them how you’d want to help.

Tell them exactly what you want to do and chances are, they will direct you to the proper channels to achieve your goal.

For example, I contacted a film festival to help with production. Though they didn’t have any opportunities in my field, they encouraged me to attend a free film production workshop.

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At the workshop, I learned what organizations to contact to gain TV production experience and how to network.

The only way we can achieve the skills we lack, is to create the opportunities to learn them.

The more you become comfortable reaching out, the more confidence you build. At first, it’s a bit scary, but you can do this.

If you’re nervous about reaching out, practice. Type your volunteer request, then read it aloud several times. Edit until you feel comfortable with the information you want to send.

Study the example:

 

Dear Volunteer Coordinator,

              My name is Jane Doe and I love what (NAME OF ORGANIZATION) is doing to help recognize new jazz artists. This hits home for me because I grew up listening to jazz and I’ve developed a deep love for the genre. Someday, I want to be part of a sound crew to help enhance the audience’s experience. 

              You will be in my area on (DATE) and I wish to help in with the (DESIRED DEPARTMENT), to learn and help any way that I can.

              The best email to reach me is (EMAIL) or call me at (PHONE NUMBER). I hope to do my part in helping new jazz artists find their audience.

Thanks for your time and consideration.

              Sincerely,

              (YOUR NAME)

The example gives you an idea on how to form your email request. Be brief, honest, and specific about how you want to help. This helps the reader direct you to your area of interest.

Volunteer organizations aren’t the only place to find opportunities, so keep your eyes open. Visit or contact businesses that do what you wish to do.

Ask about volunteer opportunities, workshops, or ways to develop the skills needed to get the job you want. There’s no harm in asking questions.

How will you develop the skills needed for your profession?

 

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A Writer’s Adventure Pt. 24

Just Keep Learning

So, you’re an adult and you my think you don’t have to learn any more. This is a misconception.

From experience, I know many adults, who have shut themselves off from the learning process. They think because they are grown-up, they have nothing to do, but work and pay bills. Think again.

No wonder so many people are miserable.

I’ve even heard elders say they were too old to learn. This is nonsense.

Unless you choose to stay set in your ways, then life may be a continuous struggle for you. Sorry to be a gloomy Gus,.

Only you can determine your level of success. So what if you grew up poor, this should be a great reason to break the chain of poverty.

Just because every family member before you worked a dead-end job and didn’t pursue a dream, doesn’t mean you must follow the same path.

Break the chain by expanding your mind.

Whatever profession you choose, it’s important that you know about the world around you. Don’t be a hermit by hiding away from current events.

Stay on top of world news and you may discover events that effect your industry. If you’re a fast food worker and your company is considering installing point-of-sale kiosks to replace cashiers, this is a problem for you.

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If you don’t stay current with the news, you won’t have time to create a plan to keep your job or find a different one.

In our fast-paced world, things change in the blink of an eye. It’s your duty to stay on top of current events, so you won’t get blindsided.

Pay close attention to issues that may impact the majority of the population. Step away from your comfort zone and learn more about your industry.

If you notice that you lack certain knowledge or skills, use the Internet to learn about them. Too many times, I’ve seen intelligent people turn away from opportunities because they didn’t know about a tiny aspect of their profession. Don’t be lazy.

They were a point and a click away from changing their lives, yet they have no problem wasting precious time, scrolling through pages of social media, as if it makes a difference in their income.

From experience, I’ll tell you, none of this is easy, but I don’t care. This is a part of me and I won’t stop, until I’ve reached my goals. Failure is not part of my vocabulary.
But remember, that I’m not average. My interests revolve solely around my industry. Yeah, that’s strange, but I’m all in.

As a writer, it’s important for me to watch the news and keep an eye out for hot, social issues. This helps me continue to reach an audience.

Now, if you increase your knowledge about your profession, you may help prevent major setbacks. When there are setbacks, study your mistake and try again, differently.

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For example, many of my setbacks come from my lack of knowledge. So, I see the mishap as a learning experience.

By doing this, I’m unlikely to make the same mistake. By watching the news, I learn about changes and trends in the industry so it may help me avoid a future catastrophe.

In addition, by keeping yourself in the loop you learn how to keep your career on track. I understand how difficult it is to be in pursuit and stay current, but you need to find a way so you won’t miss opportunities.

For example, once upon a time, I learned how to write, but I stayed inside this bubble. All I knew is that I was a great writer and my books will sell like hotcakes because I developed a talent.

My bubble burst when I kept getting rejected from numerous companies, for whatever reason. Instead of taking the rejection personally, I got stronger by learning what people like to read.

By staying current with the trends, I incorporate what I learn to become better each day.  I refuse to become stale. I read, learn, write, and repeat.

If you do the same, you’ll find yourself growing into a more productive person. You’ll develop talents and strengths, you didn’t know existed, then you’ll open the door to more opportunities.

Look at it like this, if you’re not spending most of your free time learning, creating, developing, and mastering your craft, then where are you headed?

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