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Whiskey’s Wise Advice For Career Success in 2017

Want to make positive, big progress towards your career and life goals this year? Yes? Then do this. And right now!

How was your 2016? Some triumphs? Tough out there? Now’s a good time to reflect on how to move forward in your career. Here’s a tip. I was in Melbourne, overwhelmed with a sense of foreboding and impending doom. Minor setbacks had knocked the wind out of my confidence and mojo. I was in a funk. Lost in a tsunami of fear, pessimism, defeatism, catastrophising.

Then I saw a Johnnie Walker billboard. It gave me the answer to getting back in control and tackling 2017 with hope and optimism. This is what it said:

Why A Good Waxing Saves Careers

There’s a real message in hot wax to help smooth successful and happy careers. It all starts with self-examination. Take a look, and thrive. Here’s how.
In Greek mythology, Daedalus advised his son Icarus to be bold enough to fly but not to fly so high that the sun’s heat would melt the wax of the wings he had fashioned for him.
Thrilled by his initial aerobatic successes, Icarus ignored his father’s advice and paid the ultimate price – a sobering demonstration of unjustified self confidence and the abuse of power.
He blew his moment in the sun, and fell victim to this wonderful adage:
“…. Today a peacock, tomorrow a feather duster.”

How To Win By Not Being The Best

Is this madness? “If you want to succeed, do NOT try to be the best at what you do.” No. It’s absolute magic. Here’s why.

Okay. It sure sounded like madness when I heard it. Then, in the next sentence, came the gem that can change careers and businesses- for the better.
This will make you think. It will challenge you. And if you can work out how to use it, will turbo-charged you to greater, faster success.

Here’s the story. The global advertising industry leader was live on satellite link from Europe, sharing with the 200 industry leaders in the room his counsel on how to thrive in fast changing times. His key message: Do not try to be the best at what you do. Instead:

The Bikie’s Secret Of Success

A bikies’ powerful advice persuaded me to turn down a juicy project with a prestigious corporate. Madness? No. It’s the path to success. Here’s why.

I have been trying hard to focus on fewer, bigger things so I can build the business model I want for this next phase of my career. Two months ago I resigned 50% of my revenue to ‘clear the decks’ and enable a calmer, more strategic approach. But I still agree to do stuff I should let go of. After all, bills have to be paid. Then the bikie shared his unusual counsel:

A Powerful Career Tip That Will Grow On You

I’ve just made a major career blunder. Luckily, I caught myself just in time. Please- don’t make the same mistake! Here it is.

You can take the learning from this without going through the lesson yourself. I quit my big corporate job 18 months ago. I had a clear plan on what I wanted to build next. I hit the pavements with a bang! I was everywhere. The work literally poured in. Yet I was failing. I really was. I was neglecting to do this powerful recipe for success, and that is to… :

Are You Ready To Go Back To School- Seriously

One of the most dangerous enemies of successful careers today is a university degree. Worse still, an MBA. Madness? Maybe not. Read on.

Now please- stay calm! I am a huge believer in tertiary education. It teaches us many life and career skills beyond the course content. And of course MBAs and degrees have a powerful role. But here’s the problem.

Many professionals rest on the laurels of a degree earned years ago. Their commitment to formal education is over. Now it’s all about ‘on the job’ training, and fine-tuning skills in the trench warfare of their industries. That’s useful learning, but it’s not enough. Here’s a much better idea to stay relevant, and a value-adder: