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The Myths Of Work. The 5 Minute Career Coach September 2010
September 01, 2010
Helping Career Changers Around The World
Welcome to the September 2010 edition of The 5 Minute Career Coach.
What's in this Issue
This month I am encouraging you to be argumentative! It's high time you started to question your reasons (excuses?) for still being stuck in the job you hate. So skip on down to the article about the myths of work and get myth-busting!
With best wishes
Quote of the Day
Time to check your shoes/beliefs for holes? Time to admit you need to throw them out and put up with a little discomfort while you get used to some new ones instead? No better time to start than now!
The Myths Of Work
I have taken my inspiration this month from a new book by John Williams called Screw Work, Let's Play (more on this under Recommended Resources.
One of the key themes in John's book is the notion that we are limited in what we do to earn a living by a mythology about work. Nick Williams (no relation to John) has written about his too in his book The Work We Were Born To Do so I have brought together some of their ideas.
Many of us carry a set of fixed beliefs that shape what we expect of our working lives. These beliefs come from a number of different sources - our parents, our education, the media, those who employ us etc etc. But these beliefs lodge themselves deep in our brains and can be very hard to shift. Instead of being beliefs that we can discuss and challenge, they somehow turn into FACTS that cannot be
OK, it's time to get bolshy! You may not normally be the argumentative type, but I want you to start disputing some of these supposed 'facts'. Take a look at some of the examples below. Do you at some level believe any of these to be true?
Work is meant to be hard, the struggle is worthy
Work means being employed by someone else, 9-5, 5 days a week, 48 weeks a year till you retire
Doing what you love is selfish
Work is just about getting the money to survive
My dream career is just a fantasy
It is safer to have a job than to be self employed
People who are successful at work are just different from me
Do these myths sound familiar?
Your 5 Minute Coaching Session
Challenging questions are one of the key tools coaches use in helping clients to create change.
Each month I offer you a mini coaching session by asking you a challenging question to think about. The questions I ask are designed to get you thinking in new ways and hopefully gain insights that may open your mind to new possibilities for you career and for your life.
Go on, put those doubts behind you for a while and let yourself explore what you would love to be doing to earn a living. It could be one thing or it might be a mixture of several different activities. It might be just a variation of your current role or it could be something totally new.
Everything new in the world
begins with a thought, a dream. So just get started!
Screw Work, Let's Play
I heard John Williams speak at the Inspired Entrepreneur's Club last month (and got a free copy of his book too!). Screw Work, Let's Play is a great book for would be career changers that will really challenge your thinking about what is possible.
John is passionate about the idea that work can and should be as much fun as playing and his book guides you through how you can make that happen. He takes you through a 10 step process that includes finding out what you want to do, getting started right now, how to guarantee success and winning your first 'playcheque'.
The Sunday Times wrote about Screw Work, Let's Play:
'A compelling 10-step escape from corporate life that could spell a rash of resignation letters.'
Are you ready to write your resignation letter? You will be once you have read the book!
There's lots of great info on John's Screw Work, Let's Play website too – why not take a look?
And if there are books and resources that have inspired you and that you would like to recommend, there is a place for you to do so on that page.
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