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

Encouragement for the day

~Never too Old~

“You are never too old to set another goal

or dream a new dream.”

C.S. Lewis

At the young of age of 20, I married and started my family with my husband. The dream in my heart was to have a family of my own. God not only saw fit to bring my dream to fruition, but he gave me the greatest husband a woman could ever dream of having along with three phenomenal children who are now adults. The one thing I let go of at that time was a college education. I didn’t give it a second thought for another 21 years. Then at the age of 41, I saw a movie many are familiar with called The Bucket List and at the very top of my list was earning a college degree. Not because I planned on kicking the bucket anytime soon, but because I saw the idea of a bucket list as a great opportunity to write down goals and get them accomplished. I write this blog today at the age of 45 and can share with you that I have now completed 4 years of education that will grant me a well-earned bachelor’s degree in a few short weeks. The years may pass quickly, but never let anyone tell you that you are too old to accomplish anything that you set your mind to. If you are reading this, I challenge you to create a Bucket List of goals and dreams. I caution you with your priorities. Don’t let it be the sole thing you focus on or let it become unimportant. Instead, give it the proper place in your life and plan on smiling at every opportunity you have to check another item off of the list you have created.

The years may pass quickly, but never let anyone tell you that you are too old to accomplish anything that you set your mind to. If you are reading this, I challenge you to create a “Bucket List” of goals and dreams. Then set about to check them off of your list. Don’t let it be the sole thing you focus on or let it become unimportant. Instead, give it the proper place in your life and plan on smiling at every opportunity you have to check another item off the list. Remember, age is just a number!