I work with many new people looking to start out a career or new business as I instruct at many of the training institutes in the transportation industry. Like many young people when you start going through the information you learn about where they want to go with their lives. When you tell them that you can make it if you work hard they get excited realizing they might have a chance at reaching their goal. As the course progresses it is at this point that the actions don’t add up with the goals at the end. They stop thinking about their goal fearing it is too far away to attain. Instead of looking for ways to attain their goals while completing the course they begin to send in unfinished work, stop reading the information, or stop working towards the goal.
In my class I have two different types of students, both want the same outcome, either a job or owner operator business. One is going through the motions and barely squeezing by, and the other is listening and doing what he can. I have been telling them to start applying for positions while still enrolled so that when finished their course they will have already set up a plan. One is following that plan and realizing the opportunities available and the other is plodding along at the same pace. Reaching your goals involves making the opportunities happen, some call it luck while others call it opportunity. If you are trying to improve your career, start a business you have to make the opportunities and that happens by getting started in contacting people that may listen to what you want to do and making sure you are creating the opportunities that can help you succeed in your goals. Waiting to see what happens is the true way of making sure you miss important opportunities.
About the Author
Bruce Outridge is a business and leadership author. For more information visit his website at www.outridge.ca