What IS a Better Career Anyway?

If you found this blog title interesting, you’ve probably thought about getting a better job or seeking a better opportunity.

The answer to the question “What is a better career anyway?” can be something different for everyone, and we want to help you define what it means to you.

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If COVID taught us anything, it’s that life is too short to not live life on our own terms. The challenge is that “our terms” are unique to each of us.

For some, a better career means more money; others want more flexibility and others still crave meaning and purpose.

Since I started the Share On Purpose portfolio of companies after asking this same question myself, I want to give you more meaningful ways of thinking about what it is you want.

Too often, we don’t define what we want clearly, and then we get stuck with a slightly better version of our last job. Intentionality is the key to creating what you want.

Here are some ideas of what a better career might mean to you and some reflection questions to ask yourself:

  • Easier: Do you want work to be easeful? What does that mean? It could mean that you don’t have pressure or stress at your work, or that there’s not a boss micro-managing your work, or it could mean that you love the work so much, it doesn’t feel like work. Don’t settle for a weak definition of what you are looking for.
  • More Money: How much more? Why do you want more? What does it represent? For some, they want less financial pressure. Others want to afford more opportunity. And for others it is how they define success. What is your actual currency (that money can buy)?
  • Flexible work: What does that mean? Is it where you work (Location)? When you work (Schedule)? What you work on (Tasks & Responsibilities)? Do you want to become a Virtualpreneur™ (link to Succeed Virtualpreneur Academy) working for more than one client, but you have to find the projects? Or, is it simply to be able to modify your schedule to fit your life and circumstances?
  • Exposure to a Great leader: Do you want to work for a great boss? If so, why? Is it mentoring you want, or training or coaching, or all three? Do you want to work for someone who you respect and who understands you and respects you? Why is this important? Why would a great leader want you on their team?
  • Feel successful: Do you like to win? Do you want to feel like you are good at something? Is it a sense of accomplishment? Do you want to achieve something, or get promoted? What does success truly mean to you?
  • Do work you love: This is a noble goal. But it may take trying different things to know what you actually love, much less why you love it? What have you tried that you loved? What was it that you loved about it? Did you love it because you were good at it or you were able to help someone? What kinds of things would you like to try and see if you’d like it?
  • Make a difference: What does making a difference mean to you? Is it global or interpersonal? Global like affecting world hunger or climate change? Interpersonal like bringing joy to people? Do you want to work for a place that values purpose and encourages you to explore yours?

As you can see, wanting a better job is more than just the thought of something better. Take the time to reflect before searching for a new job. If you want some help, we’ve prepared a Discovery Webinar to help you answer these questions.

Find YOUR answer to the question “What is a better job?”

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What’s Your “Time Currency”?

We’ve all heard the benefits of work-life balance, but for most professionals, the work-life balance seesaw swings heavy toward the side of work.

As an executive, I was the same way. Because of a deep-seated “not good enough” belief, I used work to prove I was indeed good enough. When I became an entrepreneur, it got worse, and I also became obsessed with the need to be perfect, which made me a miserable CEO.

When I started what is now Share On Purpose, I vowed to do many things differently, including how I managed my time. This included 3-day weekends every other month, and vacations at least twice per year. As I slowly mastered the art of maximizing time, I then made a commitment to teach every associate how to maximize their time so they can invest it in activities that bring them joy.

Here are 3 Power Tips for Maximizing Time:

  • Everyone has a “time currency” meaning, they prefer to do certain things with their free time. The first step is to know what you will do with any time that you’re able to get back in your day, such as spending time with family, learning something new, a hobby, etc. The motivation is not the time, but the currency – or what you’ll do with the extra time.
  • Time isn’t something we spend; instead, it is something we should invest. To better understand investing time; divide your annual compensation by 2,080, which are the number of hours in a year. Then divide that in half. This is how much every 30-minutes is worth. So, let’s say you make $50,000 a year. Per hour that’s $24. But, for a 30-mnute block, it’s $12. Now, look at how you’re investing every 30-minute time block. Did you get $12 worth of value from those 30 minutes? When you look at time as an investment, you’ll begin to challenge how your time is spent. You’ll learn that you can accomplish more in Power Meetings (15 – 30 minutes) versus 1-hour meetings.
  • Learn how to “Time Chunk” – although your brain is an organ, not a muscle, it works very similar to a muscle in that:
    1. Your brain gets tired if you overwork it, so taking short time breaks, as well as regular days off and/or vacation, is critical.
    2. If you use one side of your brain more often (left brain/right brain), it is likely you are actually losing brain productivity.
    3. If you multi-task frequently, it is likely you are actually losing brain productivity.

So, treating your brain like a muscle means that you need to balance your work schedule to “chunk” like activities (right brain/left brain) where possible, and take frequent breaks.

At Share On Purpose, we teach every associate how to maximize their time so they can invest it in their passions and in working towards advancement goals. We encourage team members to ease into Mondays, and try to stop work early on Fridays, whenever possible, to ensure that work remains enjoyable.
We’ve also learned that allowing our team members to work virtually increases their productivity, and consequently, we’ve built a virtual work model for every one of our brands. Although we have a corporate office, which we use for meetings and training sessions, most days our associates work from home, and are free to maximize their overall natural rhythms.

So, if time is important to you, and if you know your time currency, figure out what every 30-minute block is worth, and start maximizing your time. Once you do that, work-life balance becomes much easier!

2017: A Year of Possibilities

2017: A Year of Possibilities

A new year has arrived, and with that comes a time of reflection on the previous year. Many of us think back on the highs and lows, the best moments of the year, and what we would have done differently. Resolutions are frequently made to address the things we looked back on and felt needed improvement. These resolutions can be life changing, or, all too frequently, they fizzle out before the season changes and we’re repeating the mistakes of the previous year.

Intentions, Not Resolutions

The word “resolution” has developed a reputation as being something you either win or lose at. One misstep and it’s right back to your old ways. There doesn’t seem to be a way to course correct.

If you think about your goal as an intention, it changes your behavior long term. You can struggle, and even fail at moments, but that doesn’t mean it’s over. An intention has no expiration date, so keep going.

Resolutions are too easily broken. This year, don’t resolve to improve or change something. Intend to do it.

Choose Wisely

A new year inspires many of us to hit the reset button, but don’t overcommit. Deciding to improve your health, relationships, career, and financial situation all at one time will quickly overwhelm any person. Try focusing on the one area that will have the largest ripple effect.

Will improving your health give you more energy to excel during the workday and still enjoy time with your family?

Will finding a fulfilling career make you happier overall to positively affect your health and relationships?

Once you’ve identified what will have the largest impact, set the appropriate intention and start working.

Purpose and Intentions

For many of us, the thing we decide to change in a new year really comes down to what will make us happier. There is a direct correlation between following your passion and personal fulfillment. This year, take the time to not only reflect on the previous year, but also focus on your purpose and how it can be deployed moving forward.

 

A Place of Possibilities

Share On Purpose has long recognized the formula that intention multiplied by purpose results in fulfillment and success. We ensure each member of the Share family finds their purpose, then allow them the opportunity to chart their own career path doing work they love.

This year, we challenge each of you to skip the resolutions, and instead, focus on improving one area of your life that will bring you the most joy. Determine how you can apply your purpose to that area, and set the appropriate intention.

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” -Oprah Winfrey

The Peace Pact

I’ve now participated in over 12 elections, voting for some democrats, as well as several Republicans.

Each election was more contentious than the one before, as politicians fought over the 2-5% of the population that isn’t firmly entrenched and divided.

This saddens me. There has to be a better way.  Maybe it’s not the politicians who need to change, but us, the electorate. Politicians simply mirror the people, and we are a deeply divided nation.

So, I’ve set a goal to create peace in my own little corner of the world through three pacts:

1) Judgement Free:

I commit to stop criticizing others, period. I did better with this in 2016, but still have a long way to go.

Yes, I will retain my strong opinions, beliefs and ideas. But the difference between an opinion and a judgement is dangerous.

Opinions are personal, they are about me or what I believe. Judgements are about others, or what others believe. Lets keep opinions, but drop ALL judgement.

Speak of the great things about your party, candidate or sports team, without making the other side/team wrong for theirs.

2) Positive Perspectives:

I commit to seeing only the good in others, even if I don’t agree with them. Rather than criticism, I will point out compassionate and more kind ways of sharing opinions, on both sides of the aisle.

And no matter what happens, I commit to look for the good in it.

I will replace negative views with a simple practice: assume positive intent. Assume the other person, political party, entity, or group meant well, even if I don’t agree with their actions or beliefs.

3) Appreciation Rules:

I commit to making appreciation a daily practice. I’ve scheduled an “appreciation break” on my calendar each day so the very act of appreciation becomes a habit. I will find things to appreciate, daily.

Please join me in this Peace Pact! If there is a better way, it must start with each of us.

Our Country and Our Workplace

To Share On Purpose Associates:

Regardless of political preferences, it’s safe to say that all of us are worn out from the 2016 elections. In the aftermath of the final results, although a Republican won, our country did not win.

That isn’t because of who was elected, but rather because of the political strife that would exist no matter which candidate won. As I watched the protests erupt last night in over 25 cities, I know that same demonstration would have occurred if Hillary had won. 

And for that, I am deeply saddened.

As a business leader, I cannot tolerate hateful rhetoric being exposed on either side of the political aisle. If you’re connected with me on Facebook, you will see I am eager to strike a healing tone, because I believe that everything works toward a higher good, even when it’s dark. That is the only responsible way to lead during a time when nothing makes sense.

One of the things I am proud of is the inclusiveness and diversity in our portfolio. Regardless of your age, race, religion, gender or sexual preference, you are welcome here. You are safe to be who you are, as long as we collectively maintain an intense focus on serving our clients. We will not tolerate hateful rhetoric, nor should you.

For some, including myself as a gay person, we are once again under attack. For others, it’s the color of your skin, your religion, your nationality, and now unfortunately your gender as well. The reasons for these attacks have and continue to be, based in fear.

Although there is no excuse for this destructive rhetoric, all we can control right now is our own little piece of this world. Working together, we can create a better workplace for ourselves, right here and now. We must be the change we wish to see.

Regardless of how you voted, we must focus on what unites us. We must look for the good, even when it isn’t easy to see. For we cannot force people to be fear-less, we can only show them why they have nothing to fear.
So, do not be afraid. Although this will be an incredible test of our entire political system, including the Constitution (est. 1789) and Bill of Rights (est. 1791), I believe good always prevails and decency will return. In the meantime, let’s lean on each other.

Lastly, I ask that each of us work extra hard to release anxiety, fear and anger, as we support each other in creating a better world.

Let’s build a place where great people do great things.

Terri Maxwell, CEO
Share On Purpose Inc. (And It’s Portfolio Companies)