Encouragement for the day · Life Success · Lifelong learning · Uncategorized

Setting Yourself Up for Success

“To be successful, do the opposite of what everyone else is doing.”

                                                             Donald Kelly – The Sales Evangelist

Recently, I made a complete course change with a career. I’ve spent years working jobs that deal with either retail or administrative type jobs. In both of these areas, I have my strengths and weaknesses. However, I was recently presented with an opportunity that would mean a complete change from both, but that would allow me to also use the strengths that I have in each of these areas, as well as learning from my past weaknesses.

My career change is joining the world of Sales. In a nutshell at the age of 45 (almost 46), I am joining a new industry and I’m starting an actual career. For a woman who has spent the last 20 years raising kids and working jobs, it feels very good to start a bonafide career. I will also tell you that I haven’t touched my blog in months and this career change seems like a great jumping off point to get back to my blog. Please follow along on my journey and see for yourself if I have any wisdom to offer you in the realm of setting yourself up for success, no matter what you do!

STEP 1 – When changing your career path seek knowledge at every opportunity. I have a husband who is very successful in the sales industry and he is my number one coach. I find podcasts that pertain to my industry and soak up all that they have to say. An example would be The Sales Evangelist podcast by Donald Kelly. I was amazed by all of the great information that this fellow salesperson has to offer. If you’d like to hear a bit of what he has to say, he can be found at www.thesalesevangelist.com.

STEP 2 – As you continue to seek knowledge, make sure that the company you are working for has a strong training plan in place to help you become successful at what you do. While some may enjoy just being thrown out into the middle of a lake and having to figure out how to get back to shore, other’s would rather have a plan that they can follow. Don’t’ be afraid to reach out to your fellow team members and ask for help if you have any questions. If you are a part of a great team, they will help.

STEP 3 – As my husband’s grandmother used to say “Listen to what everyone has to say and then do what you damn well please!” This is not bad advice at all, in fact, it’s great advice, listen to all of the training and team members advise, then figure out what works best for you.

All of my onboarding is complete and I started today with shadowing a fellow team member at an appointment, and I learned so much just listening. Next week, I will give an update on how I’m doing and offer you some insight into the progress I’m making along this new path.

Have a gloriously blessed day!!!

Kailu McQueen

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” Benjamin Franklin

Lifelong learning

Do something – Learn something new!

Are you a lifelong learner? Wait, Kailu, what do you mean? What are you talking about? What is a lifelong learner? A lifelong learner is someone who continues to grow, they don’t stop. Learning doesn’t end when you graduate high school or finish college. Learning shouldn’t even end when you finally land your dream job. If you stop learning on that job, then you ultimately do a disservice to the people that you work with? They hired you because they saw something in you that they believed would be valuable to the workplace and the job. The moment you decide to stop learning and improving yourself, then your value has diminished.

Through every phase of our lives we are learning (if we’re not, we should be). Whether it be training for a new job, a conference we heard about, a podcast that we are listening to. Learning is found in the opportunities that we invite into our lives. Those moments you read an article and see something that peaks your interest. Following through on that is what makes you a lifelong learner. When you make a conscious choice to find something to learn, that is when you know that you are a lifelong learner. People who become stuck or frustrated, do so because they want an opportunity to learn something, to do something more than just what they are doing. We all get into ruts, and the only person that is going to pull us out of that rut is ourselves. My advice, take up a new hobby, look into starting a certificate program at your local junior college or online. Browse and locate a podcast that is talking about something you are interested in. Start a blog. Whatever you do, just do something different and learn something new. Always grow, there is peace in that.