Corporate Contractors - Fall 2021 Newsletter

Get Your Career On The Right Path Are you in a hurry to get your career started? Whatever you’re pursuing, you can get started with this advice from Entrepreneur magazine: • Set clear goals. A road map is essential to success. Big, specific goals help create a framework for your career so you can make smart decisions about where to go and what to do next. • Stick to a routine. Once you know where you want to go, establish the habits that will lead you there. Repetition strengthens performance. You might start your day with meditation or reading up on your industry, then move to the most important tasks of the day. Whatever you decide on, stick with it until it becomes second nature. • Find a mentor. Successful people in every field have mentors—senior people with the experience to guide others through the decisions they confront in their careers. You won’t necessarily have a single mentor for the entirety of your career. Look for people who can help you network and also offer advice on what you should do next. • Simplify your life. Streamline your day so you’re not wasting time on unproductive activities. Turn down requests that don’t offer opportunities to learn and advance. Delegate whatever you can so you have time to focus on essentials. • Learn from your mistakes. You’ll screw up from time to time. You can’t avoid mistakes completely, but you can learn from them, so you don’t make them over and over. Take the time to analyze what went wrong: Did you not have enough information to make a decision? Was your execution sloppy? Did you depend on the wrong people? Once you know what happened, you can move past the mistake and forward to success. Try These Numbers On For Size You think high school algebra was hard? Try wrapping your mind around these amazing numbers, courtesy of the Cracked website: • To write the largest known prime number in a straight line, you would need a sheet of paper 23 miles long. • Americans use 100,000,000,000 plastic shopping bags a year, enough to stretch end-to-end around the equator twice every day. • A blue whale can eat up to 40 million small krill a day—about 7,900 pounds. • A Rubik’s Cube has 45,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible configurations. • There are 12.1 trillion digits of Pi known right now. A piece of paper needed to write them in a straight line would stretch to the sun and back. • LEGO manufactures 125 million bricks a day, more than the number of banknotes the U.S. prints in a day (38 million). • Beetles represent 30% of all known animal species, with more than 300,000 species currently identified. • People send 205 billion emails every day. If you were to print out each one on a separate sheet of office paper—which would consume 25 million trees—the stack would stretch halfway around the equator. “ Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it. ” —Andy Rooney SPEED BUMP Dave Coverly Master Relationships With Active Listening Relationships are a key to success in your life and your career and building them takes time. One essential skill to master when cultivating relationships is listening. The Healthline website shares these tips for learning active listening: • Give people your full attention. Concentrate on their words to the exclusion of everything else. Don’t plan your response while they’re still speaking, and don’t use a pause to steer the conversation around to another topic. If you really can’t focus in the moment, ask to reconnect at a time when you can fully commit to the discussion. • Use positive body language. Your body communicates just as much as your words do, if not more. Make sure you’re fully facing the other person. Relax your body, but lean in slightly to show interest in what they’re saying. Make eye contact—not a relentless stare, but frequent gazes into their eyes. Nod to show you’re listening, and you understand. • Don’t interrupt. You may be tempted to jump in with an idea or solution. Restrain the impulse. Instead, wait for the other person to start talking before asking questions or offering your point of view. In general, it’s best to avoid cutting in, unless you get too confused and need immediate clarification to continue following the conversation. • Don’t fear silence. When a conversation lulls, people often have an urge to fill the silence with an immediate reply. Silence isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though. You were listening, not formulating a reply, so it’s perfectly understandable to need a moment or two to offer a thoughtful response. In most cases, the other person will probably appreciate your taking the time to reflect on their words and consider your thoughts, so there’s usually no need to blurt out the first thing that comes to mind.