Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Formula for Success

Another High School Baseball seasons is drawing to a close.  This is a sure sign that the school year is ending shortly.  As a parent of two high schoolers (both of whom are baseball players), I realize that the end of their high school academic career is also coming to a close (fortunately my boys are a junior and freshman this year).  This post has nothing to do with baseball, however, it does have to do with being prepared for transition.

This spring and summer many graduates will be interviewing for their first "real" job, but are they prepared?  Much like a ball player stepping up his/her game are graduates or job seekers truly ready to step up their game?  What I coach people on is where you are today, should not be where you expect to be tomorrow.  It is important to have a basic formula for success, such as:


Preparation + Opportunity = Success
 
 
By looking at this very simple formula, it can lead you in the direction you are seeking. 
 
Preparation - have you invested in yourself and equiped yourself with knowledge and experience that others will recognize?  What do you know about the path you are choosing and do you understand not just the glitter associated with your choice, but do you also understand how to avoid the quicksand that can derail your journey?
 
Opportunity - carpe diem!  Seize the moment!  When you are in a position to put all of your preparation to action, do you take advantage of the moment?  Don't be hesitant, just go for it!!
 
Success - Celebrate your success!!!  Understand what got you to the point and appreciate those who guided, coached, and mentored you through all of your preparation for the moment that you were able to capitalize on. 
 
Like an athlete moving up levels of competition, it is important to remember where you have been and what brought you to the moment of success that you are in.  Keep preparing for the next level of your career and never stop being a student of not just your trade or vocation, but of life.
 
Remember P+O=S.
 
Have a great week!

3 comments:

  1. Great Advice!!

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  2. This so on target with those in transition. I see many who don't propare enough, yet expect to become more successful.

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  3. Mark, you make some really great points. Unfortunately people, young people especially, don't prepare for life after school. Nowadays they should start as early as high school.

    If I may, if you know of any young people (high school/college) who need help with their LinkedIn profile, let me know. I'm not one of the fancy LinkedIn optimization experts but I consider myself knowledgeable in helping someone stand out from the crowd. I'd love to help

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