Talk to yourself. It will bring about wonderful things.

I Talk to Myself. I Think You Should Too.

In the hallway of my office is a giant post-it note. On it, in bright colored markers, I have eight bold thoughts I’ve collected to remind me to pull up my pants and get to work on what I’m trying to manifest. I won’t share all of them because they’re personal to me and my journey, but I’ll share one. It says:

Imagine you made Oprah laugh. 🙂

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Using the Snowball Method of Create Big Things

Have you heard of the debt snowball method? It’s an approach first shared by Dave Ramsey to guide people in paying down their debts. Here’s a simplified version of the approach:

  1. You list all debts in ascending order from smallest balance to largest. This is the method’s most distinctive feature, in that the order is determined by amount owed, not the rate of interest charged. However, if two debts are very close in the amount owed, then the debt with the higher interest rate would be moved above in the list.
  2. Commit to pay the minimum payment on every debt.
  3. Determine how much extra can be applied towards the smallest debt.
  4. Pay the minimum payment plus the extra amount towards that smallest debt until it is paid off.
  5. Once a debt is paid in full, add the old minimum payment (plus any extra amount available) from the first debt to the minimum payment on the second smallest debt, and apply the new sum to repaying the second smallest debt.
  6. Repeat until all debts are paid in full.

In theory, by the time the final debts are reached, the extra amount paid toward the larger debts will grow quickly, similar to a snowball rolling downhill gathering more snow (thus the name).

The theory works as much on human psychology; by paying the smaller debts first you see fewer bills as more individual debts are paid off, thus giving ongoing positive feedback on your progress. [Wikipedia]

I’m sure you’re quite baffled as to why I’m writing about debt reduction when I’m all about amplifying yourself. Well, it’s because the same mathematics of debt reduction can also apply to amplification. Instead of going from big (debt) to small, you want to go from small (awareness) to big. Continue reading “Using the Snowball Method of Create Big Things”

How do you navigate?

Musings from the top of the bottom of the world

Let me just start by saying that my life can sometimes be a little different. How different? Well, what was expected to be a very low-key, traditional New Years ended up with 30 something hours of travel to Ushuaia, Argentina. I lugged my suitcase full of boat parts on a bit of a rescue mission for my husband Randall Reeves and his project the Figure 8 Voyage.

Ever one to turn a terrible situation into a good one, I found myself hiking in the Tierra del Fuego National Park on New Year’s day. I spent a good twenty minutes amusing myself for coming up with the sentence “We’re hiking to the top of the bottom of the world!”

Watch my video to view just one of the stunning panorama we found. (Ignore the huffing and puffing as we’d been hiking up and up and up …) Continue reading “How do you navigate?”

Are you showing your work?

Do you remember that statement from school: “Show your work”? Let’s unpack that for a second now we’re not in 5th grade and navigating the school halls of life. Why do you think the teacher was asking the question? The teacher wanted to see that you understood the thought process and not just the right answer. New math, old math, it doesn’t matter; your teachers wanted to make sure you understood how to solve the fundamental problem so you’d always know how to find the solution.

This whole idea made wonder how old you are when teachers stop asking you to show your work?

In the workplace we are not asked to “show our work,” we’re expected just to complete it. At least that’s the expectation set when you’re in the early years of your career. I can almost hear the supervisor’s instructions:

  1. Here’s what we’d like you to do.
  2. Follow the process, and x result will manifest.
  3. We want lots of x.

Sure, I have simplified this a little, but if you took your work today and simplified it, would it break down into those three simple steps? Probably so.

This becomes a problem, however, the more senior you are in an organization. While your ability to make lots of “x” – better known as executing a plan or goal doesn’t go away – there is an expectation for you to be more strategic. Continue reading “Are you showing your work?”

Are you one in 12.5 billion?

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I’m on a rant about resumes again. If my little ode to a musical didn’t convince you, I thought I’d share the math to convince you.

My lesson starts with a shocking number: 12.5 billion.

There are 12.5 billion resumes submitted every year in the US.

While it is a significant number, 12.5 billion doesn’t seem that enormous when you look at some of the other numbers I dug up for you over the weekend. According to my trusty friend Google and sources like the US government, currently, there are 154 million jobs available in the US.

Let me do some math here. If we assume even distribution of jobs and resumes (which we know is just not true), then there are a little over 80 resumes submitted for every position. Yes, I understand the math isn’t reality, and there are a ton of other data points you should know, but it makes a bit of a point and is a startling number.

You know another startling number? 7

That’s the number of minutes, if you’re lucky, someone is spending reading your resume. And that only happens if your resume or LinkedIn profile is dotted with the keywords that match the recruiter’s search.

What annoys me more are the endless new companies popping up each day to crawl through the “data of you” and match you to a job.

You are not a data set.

I’ve had the delight of hiring hundreds of people over my career. I can emphatically state that I never made a single offer due to his data set.

So this is my plea to the hiring companies; It’s my plea to LinkedIn, my plea to all the tech companies creating AI-driven algorithms: You’re reinventing the wrong thing.

Don’t reinvent the way to find the resume in the 12.5 billion. Reinvent the resume.

We are not robots.

Who am I anyway? Am I my resume?

Who am I anyway?
Am I my resume?
That is a picture of a person I don’t know.

What does he want from me?
What should I try to be?
So many faces all around, and here we go.
I need this job, oh God, I need this show.

When I work, I am prone to listen to old musicals as my background noise. I’m not talking about just the soundtrack; I play the movie on a separate tab of my browser semi-listening to the dialog and songs. Musicals are my happy place.

An idea has been rattling around in my head for a while to write an article about the musical Gypsy, about how it’s just a story of self-realization. I mean, “Everything’s coming up Rose!” is basically a song about a woman who’s been the power behind the scenes wanting, for just one moment, to be the star. LOVE IT.

This past week, however, I was listening to A Chorus Line. Similar to Gypsy, it’s a back-to-back tap dancing extravaganza of “please like me!” songs. I was plugging away on some spreadsheet or another, and a remarkable tenor voice rang out:

Who am I anyway? Am I my resume?
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What were you great at when you were 10?

Your 10-year-old self was wonderful. And while yes, the voice of self-doubt was beginning to rear its ugly head, it hadn’t taken hold. You were passionate, brave, curious, bold, and all the other amazing words we are when we are our best selves. And isn’t that 10-year-old person still inside you? I know mine is.

What was I best at then? I never got lost. I always knew where we were going. I could see the pathways ahead. Pretty much like now.

I asked that same question to a room full of amazing women at the Content Asia Summit in Singapore. Since my last missive, I had the marvelous opportunity to fly halfway around the world to share my ideas with a brand new audience. I could go on for pages about the city, the weather, and the lovely people I met there, but I must share the surprise learning for me. I might be helpful to you too.

As you know, I help people figure out how to articulate in a bold, compelling, unique, and authentic way how and why they are awesome. You also know that if I asked you right now “why are you awesome?” many of you would pause or stumble. Continue reading “What were you great at when you were 10?”