Personal Needs & Obligations7:07 with Dan Gorgone
Once we’ve narrowed our focus and considered different ways to improve ourselves, moving toward a dream career becomes a little easier. However, it’s vital to take an honest look at personal obligations before jumping into a career that might challenge your ability to keep them.
Once we've narrowed our focus and considered different ways to improve 0:00 ourselves, moving toward a dream career becomes a little easier; 0:04 however, there are more things to consider than your skills or experience 0:08 as you make choices along the path you'll follow. 0:13 Your needs and wants matter a great deal, but you might also have to 0:16 consider the needs of others. 0:21 It's vital to take an honest look at personal obligations before jumping into a 0:22 career that might challenge your ability to keep them. 0:28 For example, your family. 0:31 Do you need a job that offers financial stability for you and your family? 0:35 Do you need health benefits for them as well? 0:39 Overall, what kind of work situation could you live with? 0:42 For people with families and similar concerns, a more conservative approach 0:45 to your career is often appropriate; however, if you're younger and 0:50 don't have the same obligations, you may have a lot more flexibility to pursue 0:55 different kinds of jobs. 0:59 Your Finances: Simply put, how much money do you need to make? 1:00 It's not all about getting rich. 1:06 It's important to consider how you will pay your bills or perhaps pay off debt, 1:07 like student loans, a mortgage, and more. 1:13 If you don't have as many financial constraints, you should have flexibility to 1:16 pursue jobs that don't pay as much but might be a better match 1:21 with your skills and interests. 1:24 Your Location: Certain jobs and industries might be difficult to get into 1:26 where you are; however, so many tech jobs offer flexibility because the work 1:32 you do can be primarily online. 1:38 The challenge becomes finding those businesses that 1:40 offer the jobs you'd want to do. 1:44 After this analysis, do you need to stay where you are or could you leave? 1:45 Moving might be the way to go, but remember that the supply of jobs 1:51 can be cyclical, so it's important to research your industry and 1:55 the geographical region you have in mind before taking that step. 1:59 Things can get overwhelming quickly for anyone considering a career change. 2:03 Sometimes, it's just easier to write it all down and give everything a second look. 2:08 What can't you live without? 2:13 What needs are non-negotiable? 2:15 For some help with this, we asked author C.C. Chapman for another activity 2:17 that can help us focus and plan our attack. 2:21 So one of the activities in the book is called, "Simplify, focus, and attack," 2:24 and it may sound sort of self-explanatory at first, but to be able to focus 2:31 on what it is that you want to do—whether it's a career path or whether 2:38 it's a project, or whether it's a business goal. 2:43 It seems like there's a lot that you can do with this activity. 2:45 What can we learn from this? 2:47 [C.C. Chapman] [Author: Amazing Things Will Happen] 2:49 I'm one of those guys who always has a million things going on, 2:50 so the "Simplify, focus, attack" approach has always been something 2:52 that I try to do and try to live, and what it means is that, 2:55 if you have a million things on your plate, you're never going to get 2:58 them all done—something's going to suffer. 3:03 So that, you simplify—get it down to a couple—let's focus on the career side. 3:04 If you're looking to take your job to the next level or even get a new job, right? 3:09 Simplify down what it is exactly what you want. 3:13 Is it—do you want to keep doing the same thing you're doing now? 3:17 Is it to step up into a new realm of designing or developing? 3:19 Maybe it's starting your own business. 3:22 Really simplify it down to a couple key objectives of things you want 3:24 because then you can focus on them because the shorter the list— 3:28 I don't know about your to-do list. 3:30 My to-do list on any given day is way too long, so simplify it down to 3:32 those ones that you can focus on, and then the last step is the most crucial. 3:35 It's one people skip on. 3:38 They actually don't attack. 3:39 They don't do the work. 3:40 They don't make it happen. 3:42 Making a list is easy. 3:43 Putting in the time to make those things happen—not so easy, 3:44 so that's why you simplify it down, you focus on what you're trying to do, 3:47 and then you attack and get it done. 3:50 So from a project point of view, I think we can also take 3:51 "Simplify, focus, and attack" and apply it towards projects as well. 3:55 So from a project management type of methodology of— 3:58 let's say, for example, that the designers and devs out there, this is probably 4:02 a common issue that comes up, is you have someone come to you with a 4:07 project that they want built—a website; say, a portfolio project, for example. 4:12 How can we take "Simplify, focus, and attack," and apply it to a project 4:16 like this? 4:21 What's a good way that we can apply this methodology? 4:22 Sure—so as you're sitting there talking to your clients— 4:25 clients are always going to want—they want everything, right? 4:27 They want it all, and they can't pay for it all, so sitting down with them and 4:30 actually saying, "What are the top five things? 4:33 "Let's simplify it—let's narrow it down to the five things you must have in this site," 4:35 and then what I like to do is talk about, "What are the nice-to-have things," 4:39 that second tier, because then you can focus on the things that really matter 4:42 and it focuses them. 4:47 It's one of those exercises that it doesn't matter what sort of project 4:48 you're working on with a client. 4:51 If you get them to actually talk about what is it that they really, really need, 4:52 it'll let them focus, and then it allows you to attack the things 4:56 that they want the most. 5:00 Now part of that focus means taking a good, hard, and honest look at 5:01 personal needs and personal obligations, and no matter what it is 5:08 that you want to do, there's always things that are getting in the way, 5:14 whether it's short-term things like, "I've got to take my kids to soccer practice," 5:16 or longer-term concerns like financial—things like, "I have to pay back 5:21 student loans," or "How am I supposed to do this if I've got this in the way." 5:27 How can you take your "Simplify, focus, and attack" approach and be able to 5:30 sort of put those concerns—those needs and obligations—in the right context 5:37 to move forward. 5:41 So one of the exercises I talk about is stepping through and really figuring out 5:42 what it is in your life that you have to take care of. 5:46 Me having 2 kids and a wife and a mortgage—I've got a lot more 5:48 responsibilities than, maybe, a college student, but they've got 5:52 student loans—they've got rent, they've got other things. 5:55 Let's face it. 5:58 I hate these people who give advice—"Just jump off the cliff. 5:59 Jump into whatever you want to do." 6:01 That's dangerous and stupid because—yeah, they might work out 6:03 in the long run, but you could also throwing yourselves to the sharks. 6:06 So really take an honest look. 6:09 Write down all the things that you've got to take care of. 6:11 Get really specific. 6:14 Here's my budget I've got to cover on a month-to-month basis 6:16 because you don't want to end up on the street, but then again, 6:19 maybe one of the options is, get roommates, 6:21 but there's always alternatives, but if you don't actually take the time 6:23 to look at those things and write them out and really focus on them, 6:26 you're never going to know. 6:29 Maybe you can do it. 6:30 It's never going to be the right time. 6:32 It's like having kids. 6:33 It's never the right time. 6:34 You never have enough money and time, but you'll make time 6:35 for the things you believe in. 6:38 Be sure to try this activity for yourself and consider the results. 6:39 Are they in line with your personal needs and obligations? 6:44 Do they provide the focus you need to move forward, 6:48 and certainly, consider your family as well. 6:51 If you have people that rely on you, have an honest conversation with them. 6:55 You may discover that they are as passionate about your dreams 6:59 and seeing you succeed as you are. 7:03
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