August 16, 2023 – JOLT – Is the fire in your belly for Fall?

” Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fire in the Fall Belly

Traditionally, there are a couple major times of the year when folks crank up their aspirational intelligence and think bigger for themselves, their career and a purposeful path forward:

  • September (Fall), when (I suppose) because kids go back to school parents are able to focus on themselves a bit more, and
  • January (Winter-cum-Spring), when New Years resolutions and the ritual of clean-slate possibilities give everyone a boost to aspire greater for themselves

Yes, there will be a lot more activity — and competition — in the coming month or so as folks get situated back at their desk to reevaluate their career situation after summer distractions. Being smarter than the average bear and positioning yourself as uniquely different than the crowd can net you better than average results.

But, even beyond the next couple flurried months of upleveled career quandaries, there will come a time toward the end of the year that will truly be the celestial “Holy Grail” of cosmic career elevation possibilities: the Holidays.

When most will figure that “nothing happens during the holidays” and check out, those who’ve positioned themselves uniquely for all the natural elbow-rubbing that happens during the 6 weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years will cash in on backdoor relationships that will be ripe for the pickings.

So, why talk about those career-shift best-of-times now vs November? Because it takes preparation to be ready to capitalize on such a windfall, along with a whole new mindset of non-traditional career expansion methods to be grokked.

Therefore, if you have the fire-in-the-belly to affect a conscious career shift before 2023 shows up in your rear-view mirror, here is your Fall mission (should you choose to accept it):

  • Get clear of your unique super-powers of success. Not simply your “skills”, but the patterns that are embedded in every successful situation you’ve touched.
  • Use that success-pattern awareness to discover the unique personal “brand” that you are. This sets you up as someone needing nothing, yet vibrating an awareness of Self that most never realize.
  • Flying the flag of that personal brand, learn how to expand your relationships into circles around your areas of current passionate interest. This isn’t what most call “networking” but, rather, coming from no need but the simple desire to explore. People sense an authentic desire of exploration, and open the doors they wouldn’t when someone needs a job.

A couple helpful resources with which to begin wrapping up your summer reading, to be prepared for your fire-in-the-belly Fall, are Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, and The Back Forty: 7 Essential Embraces to Launch Life’s Radical Second Half (especially Chapters 3 and 4, Your Gifts and Your Values).

If your aspirational intelligence is telling you it’s time to explore your greater-yet-to-be, may this Fall provide a windfall of opportunities for you to do so.

Tips for Transition (of an AI variety)

For the last couple of newsletters, with all of the hubbub around AI (the artificial, not aspiration, type of intelligence), my talent & leadership/HR executive wife has been offering some tips on how you can incorporate new AI gadgets into your career management toolshed.

After being together 8 years and professionally engaged, without the time to explore the science and practices of her career-coach husband’s transition program, she recently completed my program and based her “backdoor research campaign” on AI’s use in the HR and talent fields.

She’s using that research to meet thought-leaders and executives left and right while learning more about AI than she ever thought possible. . .while creating a new career tribe in line with her current interests and passions.

Here’s another couple tips she has to offer:

Here’s a prompt that you can use to direct ChatGPT (or similar models) to provide information about a particular industry:

“Provide a comprehensive introduction to [specific industry name]. Cover its history, major players, current trends, future outlook, and any notable challenges and opportunities.”

Replace “[specific industry name]” with the name of the industry you’re interested in. For example, if you’re interested in the automobile industry, the prompt would be:

“Provide a comprehensive introduction to the automobile industry. Cover its history, major players, current trends, future outlook, and any notable challenges and opportunities.”

By using this prompt, you’ll be able to gain a broad understanding of the chosen industry.

Here’s a tool to incorporate into your online meetings:

tl:dv – – Records and transcribes Zoom and Google meet meetings.

Automated meeting transcription ensures that no crucial details are lost, allowing you to revisit important discussions to access and review content at your own pace. It transforms verbal exchanges into searchable text, making it easier to locate specific topics or decisions. This ensures that information remains consistent and accessible, fostering improved communication and reducing potential misunderstandings or oversights.

Go try them out, and see what you get!

Think differently, play better.


CareerGuy and Back Forty Freedom Flier

“It’s a new season. A perfect opportunity to do something new, something bold, something beautiful!”

– Anonymous

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