Become a Career Renegade: Interview with Career Expert Jonathan Fields

Posted: November 2nd, 2009 | Author: sung | Filed under: life | No Comments »

Leading your own life - the way it should be, the way you want it to be… follow the link to read the full post. The more I look at it, the people that refuse to give up will end up with what they want. How soon they get it is the only variable.

  • finding your true passion
  • consistent action
  • adjust and keep trying
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The problem is, when we ask the question in the context of careers, we almost always bundle with a “part 2.” We ask, “what am I passionate about…that will make a lot of money?” When we add that dangling participle, we end up dangling our passions in the wind. So, step one. Stop doing that!

Take the money part of the equation off the table, even if for a moment. When you do this, activities, ideas, adventures and explorations start flooding in.

A great starting point is to ask…

“If I won the lottery, and it was enough to support me for the rest of my life, but a condition was that I had to work full-time at something and I couldn’t use that money to fund a business, what would I do?”

Then, begin to refine. Ask what you’ve done in the past that has delivered you into what famed psychology researcher and professor, Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, called a state of “flow” (I go into this in detail in the book).

Next, go one level deeper and ask “who” makes you come alive? What type of people?

Finally, look at what you love to read, what you do when you have free time (other than sleeping and watching TV). You get the picture.

Leo: Leaving your day job to pursue your passion is a scary thing, for anybody. How do you overcome that fear to take the plunge?

Jonathan: First, very often, you can test the waters or start to build your renegade career on the side, before making the big leap into the next big adventure.

You are a great example. For the better part of your first year as a blogger, you still worked a “real” job, until you’d built Zen Habits and various other passion-driven income streams into a stable enough side-pursuit to make the jump.

Second, you’ve got to rally your rabbis. What does mean? Work like crazy to assemble a team of like-minded people who will be honest, but still support your quest.  You may also need to spend a lot of time convincing those closest to you that you’re not just plain losing it (trust me, been there).  I actually tapped my marketing background to lay out a process in the book to make this a lot easier and smooth a lot of bumps.

Last thing, mindset is critical. You’ve got to cultivate the “just watch me” mindset. This will be instrumental in cultivating the will to take daily action toward your vision. And, honestly, that’s the single most important factor in any success. Consistent action. So, implement a set of daily mindset practices that’ll keep you focused not on what can go wrong, but on what can and will go right.

Leo: What happens if you take the plunge and go for your dreams, but don’t make enough money? Do you think that happens very often?

Jonathan: So, one thing I’m not going tell you is that this is easy. It’s not. It may be one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. But, here’s the thing. We’re talking about the one thing that will likely consume the vast majority of your waking hours until the day you either retire or die. So, sure, it’s a giant, challenge…but it’s a challenge worth rising to!

Whether you succeed in this or any other life-changing endeavor is largely a factor of your approach. It’s no different than any other big-picture quest. There’s no magic to it. No secret strategy, key, button or pill.

  • Identify your genuine passion,
  • Test for viability/market demand and adapt,
  • Acquire the knowledge and assets you need to act,
  • Cultivate the renegade mindset,
  • Rally your inner and upper circles
  • Define and commit to daily action, then
  • Take consistent action, without excuse, until you reach your goal.

That formula wins pretty much every time.

So, when you look at people who take the plunge and come up short, you can pretty much always look at each one of those items and pick out where there was a breakdown. And, if you’re game, go back to the broken element, adapt and revise, and jump back in.

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Illuminated Table from Boston-Based 30E Design

Posted: October 9th, 2009 | Author: sung | Filed under: interior, smart | No Comments »

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Hannah’s sister, Anne Barrett, of 30E Design, created this LED illuminated table, combining Victorian era designs from the headstones at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain with contemporary graffiti art.

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Arrested Motion » Blog Archive » Interview: Jin Young Yu

Posted: October 9th, 2009 | Author: sung | Filed under: crazy | No Comments »

just so cool

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Banksy Outdoors

Posted: October 9th, 2009 | Author: sung | Filed under: smart | No Comments »

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Google Reader (7)

Posted: October 9th, 2009 | Author: sung | Filed under: smart | No Comments »

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Pristina.org | Everything Design por Felipe Tofani

Posted: October 9th, 2009 | Author: sung | Filed under: funny, smart | No Comments »

via http://www.pristina.org/

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Posted: October 9th, 2009 | Author: sung | Filed under: funny | No Comments »

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10 Ways to Beat the “Can’t Get No Satisfaction” Syndrome

Posted: October 9th, 2009 | Author: sung | Filed under: life | No Comments »

Here is another great post from Zen Habits, When you look at your whole span of life. little but steady changes are what really makes a big difference at the end. Change a direction, turn a corner and go slow and steady. You will find yourself changing and moving towards your goals without even noticing it. Visit the link at the end to read the full list.

Are you feeling like life isn’t exciting enough? That maybe you’re missing out on something because you just can’t get motivated for anything? Turns out you’re not alone.

1. Make small, positive changes. This is a bit of a paradox. Making small, positive changes — eating a little healthier, exercising a little, creating some small productive habits, for example — are an amazing way to get excited about life … but doesn’t it take some excitement and motivation to even get started with these small changes? Yes, a little … but not a lot. If you start small, you don’t need a lot of motivation. Just get going. You’ll soon find that just the act of getting started and doing something will give you some momentum, and soon you’ll be in a positive spiral of changes — one building on the other. When I started doing this in my life, I was so excited I had to start Zen Habits to share it with the world.

4. Exercise
5. Appreciate loved ones
6. Pursue a passion. ..
7. Talk and work with other excited people

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Turn a Pair of Walkie-Talkies into a Long-Distance Camera Trigger [DIY]

Posted: September 18th, 2009 | Author: sung | Filed under: smart | No Comments »

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Video version of the Thatcher Effect

Posted: September 18th, 2009 | Author: sung | Filed under: crazy | No Comments »

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An Architectural First: The Sliding House

Posted: September 18th, 2009 | Author: sung | Filed under: architecture | No Comments »

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Crayons as pixels

Posted: September 11th, 2009 | Author: sung | Filed under: smart | No Comments »

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Christian Faur’s crayon art.

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Bathroom at the Villa Berkel by Paul de Ruiter

Posted: September 11th, 2009 | Author: sung | Filed under: architecture | No Comments »
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Via: Arch Daily.

(Images: Pieter Kers)

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KÄSCH In-Floor Bathtubs Keep Luxury On the Downlow

Posted: September 11th, 2009 | Author: sung | Filed under: interior | No Comments »

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KÄSCH’s Overflow series

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Human-sized human candles

Posted: September 11th, 2009 | Author: sung | Filed under: interior | No Comments »

Artists Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz cast life-sized candles of themselves in beeswax, then watched their waxy doppelgangers melt.

Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz

(via Street Anatomy)

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Remains of the Day: Business Card Edition [For What It's Worth]

Posted: September 11th, 2009 | Author: sung | Filed under: smart | No Comments »

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Loopa spill resistant bowl

Posted: September 11th, 2009 | Author: sung | Filed under: smart | No Comments »

I wonder how well this will work in real life situations? or is it just a gimmick? Or maybe you need to spill things as a child to learn how to be more careful?

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Available from Loopa

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Money Box at Rare Device

Posted: September 11th, 2009 | Author: sung | Filed under: funny | No Comments »

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The Money Box was designed by Kensaku Oshiro for Vlaemsch. We’re also tickled that the packaging consists of a shredded paper “nest” — we might even display it with the paper.

Money Box at Rare Device

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Serpentine, serpentine! Neil Gregory’s Simple Plan T-shirt - Offworld

Posted: September 11th, 2009 | Author: sung | Filed under: smart | No Comments »

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It’s Nice That

Posted: September 11th, 2009 | Author: sung | Filed under: smart | No Comments »

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