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You are who you are, not what you do.

You weren’t born a Teacher, Accountant, Engineer, Nurse, Doctor, Banker.  You became one.  If you don’t like what you do, change it.  Easier to say than to do, but it can be done.  It is not impossible.  The only thing that is holding you back is you.

In the same way you trained, learned to become a Surveyor, you can train in entirely the same way to do something else.  Sure you might need some help, but if you really must change then you can.

If you are happy, fulfilled, motivated, engaged then there is no need.  If you are none of those things, if you are simply turning up, going through the motions, you are going to get found it.  Life is too short.

What you are is not who you are.  For sure our job shapes us, influences us, has a big part to play in how we lead our lives, but it is not who you are, it is what you do.  If you need to do something different, you can.  You just have to start.  The first step is the hardest.  If you need to, you owe it to yourself to take it.  You won’t look back.

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Time for change

I tweet a lot.  I love it, it’s a great way to connect and engage with an enormous range of exceptionally gifted and bright people.  Yesterday I tweeted something that has stuck in my mind for quite some time,

“If you always do what you always did, you always get what you always got”.

I wasn’t sure just who the quote was attributable to but those intelligent tweeters soon put me straight.  I had more than a few answers and indeed found that my quote was not entirely correct, although the sentiment certainly was.  Keep doing the same old same old and you will keep getting the same results.  For me this is no longer true.

I have been recruiting for 20 years.  I had a formula that worked for my customers ( 2 rebates in 18 years ), for job seekers and for me.  Whatever metric I apply by which to measure my success at the desk, my methods worked.  Very well.

Something changed.  My methods stopped proving so productive, frankly so lucrative.  They stopped being so rewarding.  The tried and tested, same old what I always did stopped giving me what I always got, namely lots of happy customers, a huge amount of satisfaction, a great deal of fun, a big grin some great friends and good lifestyle to boot.  No complaints.  It stopped.  So what happened?

Innovation.  Technology.  Connectivity.

The world has changed, is changing, will keep changing.   The only constant is change.  If you don’t adapt, don’t change, don’t re – invent, don’t at least move, you die.  So it’s time for a change.

In the meantime, my thanks to Mark Twain.   For it was he that said

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always got”.  I am not one to disagree all that often with the great and good, but this time I must.  Time to stop doing what I always did and do something new.  It’s exciting and it’s coming.

Watch this space.


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Change is inevitable. Long live change!

Like many I have spent the last seven days enthralled by the reactions of my fellow Brits to the General Election.  The first change of government in 13 years and the first coalition government in a generation.  From radio phone ins to TV chat shows, from blogs to tweets, such change has engendered an outpouring of hatred, bitterness, resentment, envy, cynicism, grief, resignation, excitement, positivity, hope, in fact just about any human emotion you can think of. All caused by change.  Its scary, uncertain, exciting, inevitable.

The one thing of which I am certain is the energy that it has brought about, both positive and negative, brings with it enormous opportunity.  Look at the outcome.  We have the chance to alter our electoral system to the extent that the way we are governed in future could fundamentally change.

I have a sense that we are living in one of the most incredible times in human history.  In many ways a modern-day industrial revolution.  Do you think back in the 18th and 19th Century when such huge advances were being made in the way we lived people took the time to reflect on the enormous changes going on around them?

The rise of China, India and Brazil as economic powerhouses, the impact of the web on how we communicate, interact, transact, the amount and pace of change in recent years is incredible.  The world is a small place for those of us fortunate to live in the developed or developing world.  Innovation is immense.   I remember an office before email and mobile phones.  Now smart phones in all their forms are business critical tools.  Google barely existed 10 years ago.  Facebook the same.  Just look at what have they achieved through embracing the opportunities presented by change.

Traditional models and thinking are being tested to the limit and the status quo is being challenged at every opportunity.  Take my own industry.  Recruitment has not changed its business model in 70 years and yet is faced with enormous threats from so many new media and tools.  Many are burying our heads and taking the view that tough economic times mean heads down survival.  I can think of many other businesses that I have had experience of recently who are bemoaning the tough climate whilst continuing to do the same thing they always did without getting what they always got.

Change is scary but it inspires.  It encourages passion and emotion, it creates pain and opportunity.  This is the stuff that keeps us alive.  Long may things continue to change.

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