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Career 2.0: Find work that inspires you

teacher avatar Yvonne Lines, Mindset Mentor for Lovin' Life!

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (1h 12m)
    • 1. Career1 Intro

    • 2. Career2 Method

    • 3. Career3 Lifestyle

    • 4. Career4 Values

    • 5. Career5 Interests

    • 6. Career6 Skills

    • 7. Career7 Brainstorm

    • 8. Career8 Refine

    • 9. Career9 Plan

    • 10. Career10 Steps

    • 11. Career11 Relationships

    • 12. Career12 Summary

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About This Class

Work, work, work, work, live, work, work work, repeat.

Need off the hamster wheel?

Career changes and transitions require new perspectives. This 75 minute course will help you figure out you’re desired lifestyle, know your interests, skills and how you want to contribute, then brainstorm possibilities, and set up experiments for 2-3 realistic options.

We’ll work through...
– how to plan work around your ideal lifestyle
– a better goal than work/life balance
– finding people you will enjoy working with
– interests, skills, and purpose
– a wildly divergent brainstorm
– get real with ideas
– try out your plans before taking a big leap
– the first steps to take action

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Yvonne Lines

Mindset Mentor for Lovin' Life!


Years ago, I used to go home, flip on the 'toob, watch hours of mindless tv, go to bed, get up, go to work, repeat. Finally, I got sick of it to the point that I decided to do something...

I read every leadership and development book I could grab. After 236 books, my mindset had changed so much, I was able to leave my steady job, build my own business, and still avoid an all-ramen diet. And now I can finally call myself a surfer and a motorbike adventurer.

I’m loving life and want to share what I’ve learned, so that you can live your best life too. 

I spend my time researching and learning nuggets of wisdom, give them a personal test drive, and if I find it useful, I’ll share it with you. My co... See full profile

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1. Career1 Intro: Hey, how's your career going? Are you may be feeling a little bit stuck like you're not sure what to do next. Probably that's why you came here. I have a friend who recently said she would pay a $1,000,000 for somebody to cut open her head, open it up, pull out what she wants to do next and hand it to her and $1,000,000 for that. This is going to be way easier than brain surgery. I promise you now. A couple years ago, I was in the same boat. I was working full time in a job I had been at for 10 years. That's quite a long time, and I was feeling like I just didn't know where I wanted to go next. I had seen the plans for the upcoming year, and it was going to be more of the same now on somebody that needs to grow. So I did not want to live the same year twice. Now they wanted for me to consider a promotion, but honestly, climbing corporate ladder was it was just never something that I wanted to do. So even though there is some appeal to that, it wasn't really inspiring me. I need to find some other directions. Some other options? No, my birthday. On that year, I decided that put it up to the following birthday, and I'd give myself one year deadline to figure out what I was going to do next. Now, once I had made that commitment, the ball just started rolling. I went into work one day and I just had a bad day. My manager frustrated me. I'm sure you can relate to that, but I resigned. It was surely after I had made that commitment to myself that I burned my boat, and I don't recommend that you do it that quickly. But that was my path. Sometimes life happens and things happened before you expect it. Let's try to plan ahead if we can. But just to let you know that if you do have to do things quickly, what we're going to do in this course will work for you. Then, too. Now. Once I had left that behind, I created all kinds of space in my head for other options to come in and it was amazing. Assumes there were space. There were so many options. I went from thinking I only had two or three possibilities to having so many options that I didn't know which one to do first, and that's what I want for you as well. I want you to realize how many options you have and then figure out, like, what two or three options are inspiring you. And then we'll come up with a plan on how you can explore those options. My name's the phone lines, and I have read hundreds of books consumed tons of other media on leadership and development. I take the nuggets of wisdom that I've learned from this media, and I give it a bit of a test drive but trying out in my own life. And if it's useful, then I share it. So I will put into my blawg or Makesem videos, or I'll build the course such as this one. Now, in this course, we're going to use a design thinking methodology to work through the path on how to solve our problem of what to do next. Now, design thinking has been around for decades and has worked really successfully and it will work for us as well, so we'll start with the foundation of building itself awareness. I'll ask you a whole bunch of questions to help you really consider what it is that you want in your next career. And then we'll go into brainstorming some ideas around that, and I'll help you come up with some crazy ideas, and then we'll refine it down to something that's a lot more realistic. And we'll come up with a plan on how you get your foot on the door on some of those concepts to see if you really like it or not before you make the big league. Now in the next video, we'll talk a lot more about that design thinking methodology. And I'm so looking forward to having you in this course because this is a really exciting time for you. Things are going to change, and I'm honored to be part of that journey. 2. Career2 Method: so glad you joined me for video to. I want to make sure you have downloaded the PDF workbook. It's interactive. If you would like to do it digitally, you can also print it out and write in it. Whatever you're more comfortable with. Now, let's talk a little bit about the design thinking methodology I mentioned. This methodology is great for problem solving, so you'll be able to take this with you in other areas of your life as well, something that I'm very comfortable with because my background is actually designed. I did design advertising, branding for, uh, 25 years or so. It was a long time. And so I'm very comfortable with this method, and I know it works well now. In recent years, Stanford University has actually picked up on this process and said, You know what? This really does work well, and they put some terminology to it and brought it into the business world. So you maybe already be familiar with it in another aspect for problem solving. You probably haven't used this approach yet to try and figure out your next career move, so whether you're just trying to establish, you know what is it that is even possible out there for me? Or if you're thinking I need a complete 1 80 on my career, I gotta completely revamp it. I want something brand new. Or maybe you're thinking you just want a few tweaks here and there. This methodology, this approach design thinking is going to help you sell some problems and explore some possibilities. So let's get into step. Number one in this process is called Research and Discovery. Now this is where we're going to do some foundational work around. Self awareness will look at three different areas. In here will be about the lifestyle that you want. It'll be about your values and attracting the people that you want to work with, and then we'll also look at interest. Of course, Step number two is called Brainstorm and 88. Now that's just a fancy word for coming up with thoughts of ideas. So I'll give you a whole bunch of questions to help jocks and thinking and spur on some more ideas, and you'll get crazy and think dive urgently, which means you're thinking way outside the box. I don't want you to edit yourself at this stage, and it'll be later that will come back to reality that will be in step number three called Refined and Plan. So we'll take your crazy ideas and figure out well, what are you really inspired by? And how do you make that more realistic? And then we'll start planning ways to try it out a little bit before making the big lead step. Number four is called Prototype and Experiment, and that's where you'll, you know, take those plans to put them into action. So that's actually going to be done after this course. I'll set you up for that, and the step number five will be evaluated and illiterate and illiterates again. A fancy design word that means you're going to make little improvements, little tweaks to make it better and better. So now that you've already got that overall methodology, remember, you can use that in other areas of your life. A swell. It works very well. Before we do the deep dive into this course, I want to do a pre assessment so that you can get a gauge on how confident you are already feeling. Are you next career direction? Maybe you've already done some work in this area and you're feeling pretty good. Or maybe you're just starting out. At the end of this course, we're going to give you the same assessment and you'll be able to track your progress and see how far you've come. So in the workbook, if you turn to the pre assessment page, will go through some of the questions. Question number one. How well do you know your ideal lifestyle and have a work light vision that includes a purposeful contribution? So, do you have a clear and realistic picture of where you want to be in the near future? If you really haven't got a clue, then you're going to mark yourself closer to one. If you may be further along in this process and you've got a pretty good idea, then you're going to mark yourself closer to 10. Question number two. Have you established your core work values so you know what to look for in people and companies you want to work with. A lot of people would say, for example, integrity is one of my values doing the right thing. Well, what does that mean to you instead of just throwing out random words that are somewhat meaningless. I want you to consider what is really important to you. What are your core values when it comes to work? Question number three Can you articulate your strengths, interests and abilities that would be of interest to somebody willing to pay? You will have different hobbies and interests and skills. Some of them are going to be just for fun, for our own personal fun. Others are going to be something that could turn into something contributory that somebody else will pay for. So do you have an idea of what those interests are? Question number four Do you have a list of possible next career directions, areas that inspire you and you'd like to learn more about? So when I say directions, I mean fields, areas like health care or wellness or finance or marketing that sort of thing. And number five have you set up realistic steps to explore these areas so that you can get a better idea of the nuances and get a foot in the door? So have you made some plans to talk to somebody in that field, or maybe set up an opportunity to do some job shadowing or anything that you can expose yourself more to that area, the direction that you think you might want to go in. So take your scorers out of 10 and added up for a total out of 50 and then I'll see you in the next video and we'll get into the foundational work and self awareness. 3. Career3 Lifestyle: Okay, here we are in step one of design thinking is called Research and Discovery. It's our foundational work are self awareness work, and I've divided it up into three parts. This first part we're starting with what lifestyle you want to build for your next career. You may find that a little bit odd. I don't think too many places where you're discovering your next career move really goes into what lifestyle you want. But there's a couple reasons why I think is significant. Couple weeks ago, I did the same format, of course, as a workshop in person, and there was about a dozen people there. And when we went to lifestyle, it was really a little bit surprising to see how many people really latched onto it. When they started thinking about building work around the lifestyle that they wanted instead of the other way around, they really started smiling and thinking, Oh, this really makes sense. I could really enjoy this. What lifestyle I want that is really important to me, especially if you've already established yourself and had a career and you're thinking about your next career. Lifestyle, I think becomes more more important as you mature in life. The second reason why I think that lifestyle so significant is because it was a huge direction. Turn for my own discovery. Now, after I left my full time job, as I mentioned before, I burned my broad early and I had a lot to learn. I had a lot to figure out in those first few months. Now, after going through a few trial Amara things, I was reflecting on things I realized. You know what? I'm happy. I'm really happy. I'm really enjoying this. I have failed on this. This is in this. But I'm learning like crazy. And regardless of not really having direction yet, I just I'm really happy. So from that point, I changed things around. I tried to figure out Okay, Well, how can I continue this lifestyle that enjoying so much? Because I had flexibility, I had autonomy, I had freedom and I had my own growth. And I was learning to my own mistakes, and I just really wanted that. Continue. So how can I make this continue? That was my new question to figure out. And that's what led direction for me. It was my lifestyle that I was trying to figure out how to support. So it's a different way of thinking about things. I think we often think about our lifestyle fitting into our work life, and I am a mindset person. Mindset to me is about different perspectives, and I think the perspective of thinking about how our work life fits into our lifestyle can really lead to a lot of happiness that we may not have thought off. Now here's another concept that you may have not have thought of. It's another perspective on the thought of a work life balance. This idea is inspired by something I read in a book called The One Thing by Gary Keller. Now, for some people, the goal of balancing your work life and your home life is going to work there. You know two very things. Some people really like that balance. For most people, it's very monotonous, you know, to always be balanced. Never have you know the exciting extremes on either side. It's boring, so it's not a great goal for most of us. Here's why you want your work in your life to be harmonious, but not necessarily in balance. The reason it seems like such a great concept just because most of us end up with so much work all the time that we're neglecting our life. However, if you can get them both going into extremes, so kind of counterbalancing each other, then you're going to have some really exciting times in both your work and your life. And you want that right. You want some excitement. So even though sometimes work, you might have a project that is really intense, like there's emails all the time. It seems to be taking you away from your your life, but you can still kind of hang on here. But this is so much fun. That's a good thing, as long as it's not overdone. You want those extremes, but you don't want them to be constantly taking away from this one. You want them to come over on this side as well. So in your work life, you know, things happen in life. You need the flexibility and you work so that your your life can happen as well. Sometimes maybe your kids are sick and you need to take care of them, or you've got elderly parents that you have situations ready, but, you know, focus more on your life. Or maybe there's something exciting your life, like a trip that you want to do, or something like that. You want extremes over here as well. So should happen. Both balanced is boring. You want those extremes, or at least most people want those extremes. So I want you to ditch the concept of going after work like balance, because I think what you really want or most people really want is to have those two elements of their life harmonious and working together, but not boring. So I've got some questions for you then are going to help you figure out what kind of lifestyle you are after in the workbook under Step one A. We've got some questions halfway down the page. What do you think about working from home with that work for you? Or do you like the atmosphere of an office where there's lots of people around you? It's more social. How about flexible hours? Some people really need flexible hours. They've got a lifestyle where those flexible hours, sometimes it's longer, sometimes shorter. They need that give and take. But other people really like the structure of regular hours, maybe their daughters on schedule of regulars with school. So they really need to end at a certain time, have a corporate life. Do you like corporate life? There's a lot of advantages that come with that. There's a lot of growth opportunity. But things can also be slow. And there's usually some office politics that you have to navigate. Is that working for you? Or maybe you'd prefer to say work at a startup. That means things are really intense. You're going to try a lot of different positions because they may just not have hired for that position yet. So everybody's just rolling up their sleeves and helping out where they can. A lot of problem solving and excitement in a start up. Or how about you like that so much you actually want to have your own business. You've got an entrepreneurial spirit, or maybe you have that spirit, but you don't want to take the big risks. He'd rather work in a small business that somebody else owns but still have that personal connection to it. Or what about your work environment? Perhaps you really like working outdoors instead of an office or you like working in a social environment? How about travel? Some people love traveling, exploring new places when they get there and that he's their business to pay for part of, ah, vacation when they can extend a steak. But other people, the travel is really interfering with their home life. So what works for you when it comes to travel and on a smaller scale? What about a commute time? Do you want to work somewhere that's close to home? Maybe you live in the suburbs and you'd rather have a job that's close to you rather than going into the city, Or you know how that lifestyle works in there again, should you be moving to the city so that you close to work? Or are you OK with a longer Kim you? Can you make that work? A lot of people get stuck on full time. They don't really think beyond full time, but there's lots of opportunities in part time or freelance or contract work. If you're doing that, you may consider shift work. You know what hours air good for you? Are you a nine to fiver or is something else better? There's all kinds of other factors as well. That may be specific to you. So take some time to go through the worksheet, try to figure out what is really important to you and what does not really matter at all. And you can be completely flexible with at the bottle of the worksheet. We can look at money now. You want a certain financial income to support the lifestyle that you want. You know, finances and lifestyle really go hand in hand. However, for a lot of people, we trade our time for money. So we work hourly or we work on a salary. So there's ways to work on a more scalable platform, but the majority of people trade their time for money. So if we look at that factor and consider that if we have a simple life, maybe we can't afford a lot of new clothes and a fancy home. But our work is not too stressful, and we don't have a lot of responsibility. We don't spend too many hours on it. Is that a good trade off for you, or are you thinking about? I call it the bling bling life where you've got the fancy house and cars and the yacht vacations and designer clothes. Sure, lots of people want that life. But the trade off for that is often that you have to have a lot of responsibility, which often means stress, and often it means longer hours. So there are so many factors that lie between these two extremes that you don't necessarily have to have a lot of stress to have the bling bling life, and you don't necessarily get a lot of your time back if you're living a simple life. But that is often the case. So take a look at those two extremes and see if it were a sliding scale. Where would you fit? What trade offs do you want to make now? Because there are so many factors that weigh in on this, like you may have outside investments that support you so that you don't have to have that , you know, high stress job. But you can still afford a lot in life. For example, you may find that is just too difficult to put something down on paper and commit to it. So if you would rather just reflect on this question rather than commit to it. Just think about the different tradeoffs that you would make in your next career to have the lifestyle that you want. What would it be? So take some time between the this video in the next one to consider that reflect on those questions and what lifestyle you want, and I will see you in the next video. 4. Career4 Values: in this video. We're going to talk about values now. When I mentioned this to most, people kind of roll their eyes a little bit. Nobody really wants to do this work, but there's a couple reasons why it's so important. Here's the first when you know your values, it makes everything in life easier. You can use them as your guiding principles. For every decision that you have to make bigger, small and hope about, it sends a direction for you in life. Now you're already trying to figure out your work direction, knowing your values is really going to help. So let me give you an example of how I've used my values as my guiding principles. I already mentioned in the last video that I got to a state in my lifestyle, where I found I was really happy. And my question from there. Waas Well, how do I make this sustainable? How do I keep it going? Well, I had already set up the value and knew that I really found experience is more valuable than materialistic things. When I considered how to keep things going, I looked at my house. I owned a house at that time, I thought, It's a materialistic thing for me. It's stuff. It wasn't really giving me the experiences that some people get from a home. So some people have large families, and their home is very much an emotional attachment that kids are growing up, their or their entertaining a lot, and they're using their home toe, have great experiences. I wasn't doing that. It was stuff to me. So that made my decision really easy When I decided to consult a realtor, they, of course, wanted me to actually fast. Well, I was able to give them a decision within 24 hours. Yes, I'm going to sell my house. That's a big decision to make in 24 hours. And it's because I already had that pre work done of knowing my values and using those is my guiding principles. Your values are your decision makers that your guiding light that your principles and they really set direction for you in life. Here's another reason why knowing your values is important. So many people say that they enjoy the job because they enjoy the people that they work with. Now, when you're looking for a job with people that you're going toe like. I mean, how are you going to know ahead of time if you want to get along with those people Generally, if you have similar values to those people or that company, then you're going to be an environment where you're enjoying it. It's when you've got a minute mismatch of values that trouble can happen. So, for example, if you're really career driven and growth is incredibly important to you, then you want to be in a company that supports that. How do you figure out that whether a company supports that sometimes will say one thing on their website when in actual fact, you get in there and it's not quite what you thought. You go to different industry events, and every time you meet people, you talk to them, you ask them questions. What company do you work at? Do you already really into growth and this education important to you? Does you company support that? Give me an example. You get really curious. So once you know what your values are, you're more likely to ask the right questions. Two people that attract the people that have similar values and also be attracted to those people and those companies, and that's going to set you up to be in a company and with people that believe what you believe. It's a lot easier when you're working side by side with people and then the company that supports your values. So now you're probably thinking, Well, I think I know my values, but I'm not really sure I haven't done the work yet. There's a few ways to figure it out. One is just simply reflection. Think about it deeply. Consider it. Take the time to think what is important to you. You might already know the answer. Another way to look at it is to consider the opposite of something. So if you see something in somebody that really frustrates you, or a situation that you can think of that's happened recently, maybe your current workplace, that really frustrates you figure. What about it? It's frustrating you, and maybe it's the opposite that your value. Maybe you're not liking that situation because it goes against your values, So figure it out and what is the opposite? Is that something that's really important to you? Another way to do it is to take something that's common, a simple value that's top line like, you know, family is important to a lot of people and then just start digging down deeper and deeper to trying to figure out what about family is really a meaningful value to you. So instead of just saying whole family is important, what's meaningful to you? So perhaps it's about being a good parent. So what about being a parent is meaningful to you? Isn't that you can spend lots of time with your Children? Now that's going to affect what kind of job you get. Or maybe it's not so much about time, but when you with them, you're bringing your best self because you're not stressed out thinking about things in the office that is also going to make a impact on what kind of job you get. Or maybe being a good parent to you means that you can afford to give them great opportunities. That again will impact what kind of job you get so you can see how your values and your work related values especially, are really going to effect what kind of work you should be considering for your next career . So take a few minutes and write down two or three of the values that you think are important and you want to take to the brainstorm stage. But I don't want to. You spend forever on this because you're going to find that if you keep this topic top of mind in the next few days, the next week or so, you can come back to it and add to this list. So just trying to think of two or three values that you want to bring with you for the next stage and reflect on that and I will see you in the next video. 5. Career5 Interests: way are at Step one. See, now this is the part you're probably more familiar with is about looking at your purpose, your interest, your skills. Now I've put this after our lifestyle and our values research, because I find it's actually surprisingly adaptable. For instance, in my previous employment, I was a creative director. Now you might think that my interest, my skills, are about being creative and coming up with ideas and all those things that are traditionally part of being creative director. But the thing that actually brought me into work every day wasn't any of that. It was being a mentor to my team. Now I was overseeing about 18 or so designers at one point, and I think that's pretty large team. What I really enjoyed was helping them reach their potential. So reach their creativity, figure out how to solve a problem themselves, grow and learn and become better designers because of that, and then also sometimes just of mentoring them in life and seeing how they're working. Their life fits together, and I was often that person that they would come to when they were trying to figure something out. So it was my team that brought me into work every morning. It wasn't the traditional skills of being a creative director. Now you may have heard of a thought leader. His name is Simon Senate. He is all about finding your wife, your purpose, the reason for doing what you do. Now he looks at companies. Mostly. So say Apple as an example. They make beautifully designed things that make it easier for people to use technology. So it's not what they make. It's why they make it. And you couldn't even go beyond that. If you look at a company like Virgin with Richard Branson, he is in all kinds of different industries and hiss purpose. His reason. His why is about making better experiences for customers. You can see with that purpose it's really adaptable across any field, so that's why I say when you're looking at your interest in your skills, I want you to think about how adaptable they are, so don't get stuck in one field or one area when you're thinking about your interests, expand beyond that. So think about more your principles and some of your soft skills, and how that can adapt to other areas? No, I understand that trying to come up with your purpose in life is a little overwhelming. So at this stage, I want you to just write down something, Anything. You can write down many things. If you want to write down one continuous run on sentence and keep going, that's fine. To just start the process, you can always come back to it later to refine it. Feel free to pause the video at this stage to get your thoughts out. Okay, let's move on to interests. Now. When you think of interest, you might have a plethora of ideas already that you can write down. That's great. I also want you to expand that a little bit. Think about you know what kind of what do you do in your spare time? What kind of podcast do you listen to? What kind of books do you read? What do you talk about with your friends when you're not at work? So expand your interests a little bit. Think a little bit further than what? Just interest you work wise and what you're currently doing. And then I also when you get a little bit more specific a swell. So if you say travel is one of your interest, write down. Why you like travel? What about it excites you. What kind of trouble? Maybe you're really into adventure travel or you prefer lying on a beach or you really like to go to museums and galleries master things, So be a little bit more specific about your interests. Whenever he flicked back on one of my interests when I was going through my career transition, it was reading and to be a little bit more specific. It's reading leadership and development books that still uninterested love learning, so you can see how, when you reflect or think about your interests, it can lead you into what you are going to be doing in the future. So take a minute, pause the video and write down some of your interests. Okay, we're back to talk about abilities, and I have a quote for you. Do what you're good at and the passion would follow. That's a little backwards from the usual. Do what you love. The money will follow, and here's the reason. When you were doing something that you are really good at, it's very likely that things start to come easily to you, Things start to flow. You get a lot of compliments in that area and you start to really enjoy it. So, looking at our skills, the abilities that we currently have can be one of many great ways to think about what we're doing next. Now it can be hard sometimes to really decipher what our strength our because often we're surrounded by people who have similar strength. So this is the case for you. Then I want you dio ask a few other people what they think your strengths are people who are not working in your field. So, for instance, as a creative director, creativity waas a strength. But I didn't really appreciate it because I was surrounded by tons of creative people, so I didn't stand out in that area. But since then, I've been working with some clients and they hire me specifically for my creativity, and they really enjoy that aspect of me and that strength that I can offer to a job. So it was a strength that I was overlooking in the past because of the environment that I was in. So that's why I say it may be helpful to maybe ask a few other people what they think your strengths are to add to your list. You can also reflect on maybe what compliments you've had in the past, because they would be specific to you or something that has given you energy and make you excited, or even the opposite of that, something that annoys you. Maybe you see something in somebody else that you think should be common sense, and they just don't get it. That's probably because it's one of your skills. So take a minute to write down some of your ideas. And then in the next video, we'll talk further about skills was transferrable and what you can learn. 6. Career6 Skills: Have you heard anyone say? I can't get another job? I don't know how to do anything else. Maybe you've even said it yourself. Well, this video is going to wipe out those excuses. We all have transferrable skills. You've got lots of them. Trust me, you've got them. When you think about the heart skills, they're probably easier to figure out. Well, I know how to do this, and that would applying the in the next job that I want to do. But soft skills are sometimes a little bit harder to recognize their things, like your leadership skills, your ability to communicate, collaboration organization. If you are good at creative thinking or analytical thinking things like that, those are your soft skills that you've developed this far in your career and can take you into the next level. Now here's something that you may not have thought of. Those transferrable skills don't just necessarily have to go from one job into another. They go from your home and personal life into your work life as well. So those skills that we just mentioned, like organization and communication and leadership, and the way you think you may be already working on those at home in the relationships that you build with your family and your friends, and that could be transferred into your work skills in the workplace with your co workers. So make sure you're thinking beyond just the skills that you learned in your last job. Here's another one that you may not have thought of if you're really good at telling your kids bedtime stories. That's a transferrable skill that goes into giving a pitch a sales page or you're pushing an idea or you're trying to solve a problem and get somebody solution. Those same elements of storytelling, such as but setting the scene, building the character, sending up the struggles and then digging out a resolution. How that character is going to come out in the end, all happy and everything works. That's the same structure that you can use in a pitch. So again, a transferrable skill from home to work. Now here's one that if you have been on parental leave or even if you haven't this works as well for you managing a household. You've learned some tremendous skills that will be really beneficial in the workplace. Things like planning and organization and time management legend ing prioritizing communicating with several different personalities. All those things that come from managing a household can also be turned into something beneficial, further workplace. So make sure that you're taking a look at your transferrable skills, not just from your job but also from your home life. Now let's look at the skills that you haven't learned yet. There is a psychologist. Her name is Doctor Carol Dweck, and she is really into studying growth mindset, which means that we all have the ability to learn new skills. Sounds pretty straightforward, right? But when you think about it deeper, this isn't part of our language, and it may have been holding you back without you realising it. So the opposite of a growth mindset is a fixed mindset to think that you're born a certain way, and that's the way you are through your life. And it's predetermined. So fixed characteristics are actually not your skills there. Things like your hair color or your eye color, or how tall your that sort of thing. But your skills are learned and developed, and here's why. I say that it may not be as obvious as I just stated it. I'm sure you've heard or even said things like you've got such natural born talent. You know, maybe you've seen somebody playing the piano. Well, yes, they may have been born with long fingers, for instance, which makes it slightly easier. They've got a propensity for it. But that talent isn't something that we're born with. It comes from hours and hours and hours of practice and deliberate practice when they're really, you know, trying to learn hard. So to say that Oh, you're just born that way is actually really insulting. But it's part of our common language. So things like that in our language creep in and it changes our thoughts. So if you have ever said something like, I'm not good at public speaking, I want you to rephrase that. Put the word yet at the end. I'm not good at public speaking yet. It just means that you haven't really practiced it. You haven't done it enough deliberately where you're trying to learn to be good at it yet, but you do have the capability. So when you're thinking about your next career, I don't want you to be held back by some skills that you don't have yet. Technology is a big one because it changes so fast. In fact, nobody's really on top of technology because it changes about every two minutes. So how can you be? Most jobs these days require some basic technical skills. And if you feel like you're behind on that, I don't want you say I'm not good with technology. I want you to think more about how you're going to learn those basic skills. Now here's the good news. It's not that hard to get the basics going. In fact, you could learn it in a shorter amount of time. Then it takes to go through an interview process. So do not hold your self back thinking you're not good at something. Remember Carol Dweck growth mindset and just like I'm not good at it yet, but you're going to learn it. And here's the thing. You've already figured out how to teach yourself through an online course, so you've got some basically technology already, and I guess that you're not using one of those rotary phones. You've got a smartphone. You've got some knowledge here, so do not let things like Oh no, get a technology, holds you back at the word yet at the end of it and learn it. I'll see you in the next video. 7. Career7 Brainstorm: okay, It's ideas time now. This is my favorite part. I think it's really fun. If you don't that's okay. We're all different. I want you to get to step to in your workbook and at the top of the page. Put in some of your ideas from the foundational work we did the research and self awareness for in lifestyle and values and interests. I want these thoughts, too, just kind of be in the back of your head as you coming up with ideas, and they're going to kind of influence your thoughts and ideas as you're going through the great storm. For this brainstorm to really work well, I need you to do go nuts. Go while really you're thinking divergent thinking means thinking outside of the box. I don't want you to hold yourself back or edit yourself. Here's why. Let's say one of your thoughts is I want to build a house on Mars. You would just put that out there. You don't have to worry about how crazy it is or who's going to read it or anything. You want to build a house on Mars than just put it down. Now, when we get to the refinement stage, you might find that what you like about that building a house on Marr spot is that you want to build something. Ah, home for people in an environment where things were struggling and maybe underdeveloped. And you really want to explore that sort of area? So it started with a house on Mars, and that's triggered some thinking that you may not think of if you didn't start with that house on Mars spot. So please go crazy and write down anything that comes to mind Now, where we do some questions that is going to help you think about some things in a different way. Hopefully, And even though you just said, Yeah, okay, I get it. Go crazy. Don't edit myself. You're probably still going to do it a little bit. So I've come up with a few games to help you with this brainstorm. The first game is to time yourself. I want you try and get as many answers to these questions out in a certain amount of time. So say one minute per question. There's 12 questions, So you've got 12 minutes to get as many answers out as you possibly can. That's game number one. So see if that works for you in game number two. I want you to not worry about the timing. Instead, go for quantity. How many answers can you put down her question? There's a spot there for nine per question. See if you can get at least 100. That's almost nine per question and with a couple in there for if you can't think of something but you can Google answers, you can ask friends. You get somebody to help you. Don't worry about timing. Just get as many as possible. So game number two about quantity. Now here's game number three. Sometimes when you write something down, it feels like a commitment. So let's bypass that commitment altogether. And instead of writing it down, grab. Most smartphones have recording device any recording device and just say that loud. Whatever answer is, say it out loud, and it's sometimes easier to not edit yourself when you're talking rather than when you're writing. So there's a few ideas on how you can help make this brainstorm a little bit easier, and I am going to read through the questions for you in that time. I'll also flash up some pictures that might lead you somewhere. You can interpret it any way that you want. But if that doesn't work for you, and you would rather just do one of the games that I mentioned and then skip to the next video, that is fine as well. Okay, let's start with the questions. What would you do if money weren't a factor? Number two, What social causes would you like to support through work? Three. What did you like to do and contribute when you were a teenager? Four. What subjects do you talk about? Read, watch or listen to five. What companies or people would you like to work with? Six. If you had your own business, what would it be? Seven. What general areas do you enjoy? Health, finance, sales, creative education? That's her thing. Eight. If he stayed in your current job, how could you expand it? Nine. Do you have any hobbies that could turn into work? 10. What do your friends think you should do? 11. What emerging possibilities didn't exist when you started your career? And 12 what those stress jobs interest you dog Walker Cafe Clark yoga instructor, etcetera. Okay. We sure to take the time that you need in this brainstorm session. Bring in whatever resources you need. A swell. And when you're ready, then I will see you in the next video. 8. Career8 Refine: e. I hope you enjoyed that brainstorming. You had fun with that? Here we are at step number three. So what in the in that brain strong all your ideas, What stands out now? If you wrote down tons of ideas, you probably want to go through and just start check mark beside some of them and then get into this next step, which is bring some of those ideas forward onto this stage of refining and planning. So even though at this stage your ideas may seem still kind of wacky, remember that house on Mars example and bring it over anyway because once we refine it, it may make more sense. So anything that makes you curious or Macy smile or are you just want to explore it a little bit further? Put it on the top of this page Now, once is here, you are probably going to notice that you've got a common theme or you can combine a couple of these ideas and turn it into something else. You can push it a little bit further, so I want you to pause this video and just take a moment to go through those ideas. Write them out and see if there's anything that's common or something that you can combine next. I want you to take three of your ideas from the upper page and put it in the middle of the page as something you want to explore further. So, for instance, when I was transitioning from my full time job, what did you know? There were feel areas where I waas discovering. So I was looking at sharing knowledge, sharing the information that I learned from reading all those books. I wanted to put it all into an app so that I could put these nuggets of wisdom out daily for people. That was one idea. Another idea was exploring Waas, a membership site, and that, again was about sharing knowledge. People would pay monthly and receive all kinds of information for me. The third idea was different from that. It waas more similar to the job that I had just recently left. It was to join a creative team and it would be like an agency, but we were we would remain freelancers. No, we want you to also take some of your ideas from their brains term and put it in this section as things that you might want to explore further and then posit video again. Okay, now that you've done your divergent thinking, let's come to convert Geant thinking so things coming together, we're going to get a little more riel using the same examples that I talked about previously in my work transition. I told you I wanted to make a nap. Well, the up didn't happen. Or at least it hasn't happened yet. But in that process, I did actually write about 100 mindset strategy. So if he paragraphs with nuggets of wisdom in them, even though I didn't put them in an up or haven't yet, I send them out on a weekly basis to my email list and that is used to help grow my audience. So when I think about reality, the APP didn't happen yet. But growing the audience with those ST with the same content is working. The second thing I mentioned that I was considering Waas building a membership site. Now I did launch that to family and friends, and I got their feedback, and I realized it didn't really fit with a membership site model. What it would work better with is online courses, So that's what has turned into. It's obviously has taken an idea and made it real more realistic and into something that I can actually produce. Then the third thing I was considering at the time was to join a creative team, and that didn't work out there. But I did end up freelancing, and I still too, for the client that we were looking at, so that turned into something as well. And again, it's more realistic. So since we're getting riel, let's also consider how the demand for work is changing. Technology is causing a big shift in the future of work. It will be a large factor if you're thinking of job that can carry you into the next few years, or if you're thinking more long term jobs that are repetitive will likely be replaced by some sort of robotic. So you think driverless cars already exists. The whole transportation industry is going to be changing, but there will also be a larger demand for people who can create this technology, such as developers and jobs that require human interaction such as health care will also change in the way that it's done, but that's still going to be in demand. So I want you to take the thoughts that you have those three concepts that you have and see how they could turn into something else. Like what possibilities can come out of that. If you know your house on Mars isn't the thing that you still want to pursue, what makes it more real? Is it about building homes? Is it about building anything, maybe schools or something? Is it about using the environment to create something isn't about working with underdeveloped areas? Or is it the people that you would work with? What about those ideas really interest you and could turn into something real Now this stage, you may find that you're going to drop one of these ideas. I want you to at least have to ideas that we can bring to the next stage. And if you want to just have one idea that you think no, maybe I would still like to do that, but that's like 10 years away. Then keep that in the back of your mind as well, so feel free to add to it as well, and have between two and four ideas to bring to the next stage 9. Career9 Plan: Okay, we're on Step three. Be planning your experiments now. I love experiments. They are fantastic because they're just about discovery. That's it. Learning, discovering, figuring things out. It's not about success or failure. So when you think about it, even when you talk to somebody and say you're trying something, they're going to ask, Well, how's it going as you already succeeding? Are you feeling like was going on? There's expectation on that. With an experiment, there's no pressure. There's no expectation. You say you're experimenting with something. They're like, Oh, what are you learning? What are you discovering? You know, there's there's no pressure so much easier and it could be a lot smaller than actually diving in and trying something. Now there's one thing that I want to make sure that you know it's the difference between learning and experimenting. Learning is fantastic. You can read a book, you can talk to somebody you can take in a lot of information, but experimenting is hands on your actually doing it, which means you're going to learn all the nuances about it that you know you're not gonna pick up in a book or from a conversation, you actually have to do it to get those nuances. And then on top of all that, you're going to figure out if you like it. If you just reading, you're going to know if you're attracted to an idea or not. But if you actually doing it, then you will actually know if you like it. So make sure that your experiments are hands on giving some practical physical activity, and here is really key. Let me give me an example. Before I built this this very course that you take me right now, I did an in person workshop. Now I connected with two people who I knew were thinking about what work will inspire them , what they want to do next. And I base the curriculum on what I thought would help him. And I thought, OK, well, even if there's only my two friends and myself, the three of us, the workshop will still be about discovering, and it will teach me a lot while uncovers a few things. Now I put the word out there after I had set it up with these two, and we got 12 people that doesn't people. That was fantastic. I got wants a feedback, and I discovered some things that I just wasn't expecting. One was that lifestyle was really important to people, and the other is that brainstorming is harder than I realized. For most people, I've done it a lot, so it comes easily to me. When I put it out there, people really struggled. So that's why I put the games in this course. I experimented with the workshop in person before I built this online course. So I discovered all the nuances that I needed to and put them in here. Got the feedback I needed. And I found out like, Do I really enjoy the subject? Turns out yes, I did. Let me give you another example. This is a common one that I hear from so love. My friends, they want to open a coffee shop. I'm sure you've heard people say that would be so nice If I could just quit my full time job and open a coffee shop. I would do it this way. Try that. And I served these things. They have all these wonderful ideas. Well, it is a huge leap to go from working full time for somebody else to opening your own coffee shop like night and day difference, right? So how do you experiment to see if that's something that you would even like an easy way to do? It would be to get a part time job in a coffee shop. That way, you could you be in there regularly, you'd see how the business was running and see what different parts of people were doing. And they're different roles. He'd see how to order things in the inventory and had advertising. You get so much exposure to so many things and you would know like, Do you like this or do you not like this? Do you want to take it further or not? All of me wants is so getting a part time job in the industry that you're thinking of getting into would be fantastic. But that's of course, not always possible. Sometimes, however, you can job shadow for a day or two, or job shot a few different people, and that is really helpful. It's a little easier than getting the part time job in that field, but job shattering. A lot of people are really open to that. People want to help you out. People want to show you what they're doing, so job covering is a great idea. Another way to do it is just get into that environment and interview people. So using the coffee shop example, go down to your local coffee shop, and when it's not so busy, the staff have a few minutes. Talk to them. Be curious. Ask a whole bunch of questions again. People really like to talk about what they're doing, not everybody. Most people find the right person, find somebody who likes to talk about it and have them show you anything that they can show you, even if it comes to cleaning out the coffee machines like what's involved with that I know be really curious Now level people would also consider taking a class in the field that they're trying to get into, and that's great. But I just want to really encourage you for an experiment that's gonna be hands on. So it's more of a workshop that's going to give you some more information and even better, if that class comes with an internship where you're going to spend some time actually doing the job, that would be fantastic. That that would be a great experiment. Okay, so once you've got your you've got a few options from the previous work. But you're refined brainstorm ideas. You are. You are now putting them into an experimental form on the worksheet, and I also want you to put a time frame on it. So what do you have the ideas of? Well, I'm going to go down to the coffee shop and figure out how I could get some exposure there . You may not know all the steps that are involved in making that happen, but you know, the first up, go down to the coffee shop, find out what the manager's name is. When are you going to do that? Put it on your time frame. Put it on your calendar. What day you're going to do that and get the ball rolling? You can think of the next two or three steps. Maybe, but you're not going to have the entire plan ruled out, because once you do the first couple steps, the next two or three steps will reveal themselves, and then the next few will reveal themselves. So don't expect to have the whole thing in your head already preplanned. Just take the first couple steps planet in your calendar. Get the ball rolling and trust that the process will happen after their. So make lots of plans, figure it out. You should have about three experiments. You only have to. That's okay. If you go with four. That's fine, too. And I will see you in the next video. 10. Career10 Steps: e. I hope you've got some really fun plans for your experiments Now steps four and five of the design thinking process you're going to do after this online course, Step four is called Prototype and Experiment. Prototype is the design word for building something so you can test it. Experiment is the same thing. So you've already got plans for this state, your plans already laid out. You just have to execute. So step for is executing on your on the plans that you've already made. Easy. Right. So while you're doing this, make sure that you are taking notes at the same time and really think he about what parts do you like? What parts are you not liking? What would you change? Do that as you going on? And that will really help you with step five of the design thinking process, which is evaluate and illiterate or make small improvements. So you're going to be evaluating is you going along and doing your experiment? And at that point, you're going to think when you're done, your experiment, you can think, Are you really enjoying this? Do you want to just make a few tweaks improvements and keep going or is this really not for you? And you're going to ditch it all together? Seth Godin has a book called The Depth, and in it he talks about when to quit and when to go the distance. Have you heard that saying when yours never quit? Well, said claims that that is absolute utter lie. Winners quit all the time. They have to quit. They just do it strategically. So if they don't quit, then they'll be multitasking all over the place will never get anything done. You've got to quit things that are going anywhere. So when you quit, you quit. When is going to a dead end? There's nothing inspiring at the end of it. You're always gonna have some hard times getting through your learning new things, and you're going to continue if he's conceive, the light at the end of the tunnel was like, We'll just figure this out and you'll get this reward and it's going to be awesome. Then you worked through that tough stuff and you get to the reward. But if there's no awesomeness at the end, it is just a dead end. Then why do you want to go through the daily grind to get to mediocre. You don't. Right, So winners quit strategically. Now, if you decide to keep going, then I want you start questioning a few other things start asking How can I questions? So if you decide You know what? I'm really enjoying this, and I'm gonna get here and the war is going to be awesome. Start questioning. How do I get there or how do I continue what I have or how do I get more of this piece of what I'm doing but less of this? What I'm doing here. So figure out how to tweak what you're doing, how to make little improvement. Sometimes they're big improvements. Usually their little improvements just little inches until you get to what you really enjoy . So that is how you that's it aeration those little improvements. Now you're going to keep going back to experimenting and evaluating and improvements, Experiment, value improvement. It's an ongoing cycle until you feel like you really know what you're doing, and then you're still going to continuously make improvements. So that's step four and five of the design thinking process 11. Career11 Relationships: Once you've done a couple experiments, you might find that you are in a place where you think I'm really enjoying this. And I want to continue this work in the next stage of my life. It is so much easier to transition into work from an experiment. Front them from starting from scratch. So you're already part way there. You've got your foot in the door. You're already starting to develop relationships with people in that area and you're already taking action. The more you take action, the more people will be willing to help you as well. You know, nobody wants to help. Somebody's just sitting on their sofa doing nothing. People want to get behind, put their energy behind. Somebody is putting their energy out. You know, like attracts like you put the energy out there, you will attract more of it. So make sure that you continuing to take action. Now, a lot of people think the word networking is kind of a slimy word. They cringe when they hear like, I don't want to do that. And you probably had a poor experience about networking in the past. Like maybe you're at an industry event somebody's walked up to you and introduce themselves and pretty much sold you all about them cells without asking anything about you or giving you anything with while slap a business card, new hand and they take off, you feel like you've just been slimed. Of course, you do not want to do that to people. That's horrible. Don't think of networking. Is that if you want to get rid of the word networking altogether than do so, think about it as building relationships. You know, making friends. You don't slime over people. If you're building relationships, do you think about it? More is a two way street, so you want to put out something that is of value to them, and you also want to let them know what you're looking for. Now they may or may not be able to help you. Regardless, you're building that relationship. Your goal is not to work that that person till they give you a job. It's to build a relationship, and it takes months. So start early building relationships. You know what doesn't happen overnight. It hasn't in any other area of her life is not going to hear either, so give yourself lots of time to build that relationship and don't think you're going to go in and have a big sales pitch. And with them just like that, it's not that that never happens. But that's the slimy stuff that you're trying to stay away from, and it is not likely to happen that way anyway. So just think about building in relationship just like meeting a new friend. Lengthen is a fantastic resource for building relationships. If you are thinking about a certain company that you might want to work with, you can search people who work at that company and start building relationship with them. Maybe you find somebody who posts a lot and writes articles. You can start commenting on their articles and see if we can find some similar inches and start messaging them. Connect with them, message them. So build relationships, linked anus. A fabulous way to do it if you can't do it in person, however, in person is always best is the old fashioned method. And you know what? It still works the best to this day, since there's somebody that you feel comfortable enough to ask to go for coffee. Been fantastic. See them in person. Just say you want to catch up and set a date. People really want to help you out. It's part of human nature. If they're good person, they're going to want to help. So if you know what you want, then let them know what you're going through. Let them know what you're trying to figure out, and at the same time, make sure you're giving something back. So maybe you can think them with on article about something that you had talked about that day. Or maybe if you're old friends, you can help them catch up with the people they've lost touch with. Absolutely pay for the coffee, for sure. Even though you may be the one struggling for cash, you're taking them out. So make sure that you're grateful and thankful building relationships with people and reconnecting with people you may have lost touch with. It's really going to be a key part of you getting into your next role. You may have spent some time updating your resume running cover letters, uploading it to an online site job hunting site. I'm not going to tell you that that's not valid anymore. but it's pretty antiquated. I used to work. It still works maybe 5% of the time, but really, it is who you know that count. So you have to start putting yourself out there. I know it's going to feel like you're a little bit vulnerable in that space, but really, it's who you know that counts to get to know the people who are going to help you and reconnect with those people who are going to help you. We all have the ability to build relationships. 12. Career12 Summary: exciting times ahead for you have gone through the design thinking process with its five steps to help you figure out what job what work is going to inspire you. What's next for your career? Let's just do a quick summary. So Step one is research and discovery. So this is your foundational work, your self awareness work, where you look at your lifestyle, your values and your interest. Your purpose. Step two was brainstorm and come up with tons of ideas that crazy was the wild ones. Step three was refined and planned, so take some of that was ideas and combined them, see what stands out, make them more realistic and then plan what to do next to get your foot in the door. Step four is prototype and experiment. You're going to execute the experiments that you planned in the previous step. Step five is evaluate and iterating, and this is something you're going to do continuously. Always reflect on what you're doing, what's working Well, what isn't going to work well and make adjustments where you need to. That method should really help you figure out what your next career move should be and remember, is great for a problem solving in so many areas of your life. You can use it elsewhere as well. Let's go through the post assessment assessment. Remember at the beginning of this class, you did a pre assessment. We're going to go through the same questions. I want to see where your confidence has risen in certain areas. And when you go through the scores that you give yourself now you'll see. Okay, I really improved here, and I could use a little bit more work in this area. So then you can go back to that section and spend a little extra time there. Okay, let me read through these questions again. Number one. How well do you know your ideal lifestyle and have a work like vision that includes a purposeful contribution. So remember, if you feel confident here, then score closer to 10. If you feel like you need some extra work in this category, then your score will be closer to one. Number two, Have you established your core work values? So you know what to look for in people and companies. You want to work with number three? Can you articulate your strengths, interests and abilities that would be of interest to people willing to pay you. Number four. Do you have a list of possible next career directions areas that inspire you and you'd like to learn more about number five? Have you set up realistic steps to explore these areas so that you can get a better idea of the nuances and get a foot in the door so tallied up your score at a 50 then flip back to the beginning of the workbook for your pre assessment score? Put that side besides, so you can compare where you've done a great job and really improved and where you could spend a little extra time. I hope you've enjoyed this course. I really would love to hear from you and find out how your career is going. I'm so curious and I'm so excited for you. So please stay connected. You can connect with me on LinkedIn. Just look up Yvonne Lines Mindset Mentor Toronto I do have one request. Let me know why you're connecting, so I know that you're coming from this course or if you prefer email, then I'd love to hear from you that way as well yvonne dot lines at smart life dot tips and any other way you can hunt me down and find me. I would love to hear from you. Let me know. I'm so excited for you the next day. Do you, like is going to be incredible. You're going to start taking some actions. Was the ball start rolling? Things will come together and you're going to find work that you find inspiring again. You're going to really love it and enjoy your life. Congratulations on finishing this course and all of us to you.