I learned from my buddy who was in the Air Force that if you throw up in the jet while flying, you’re sent to the “office chair.”
The office chair is quite literally a rolling office chair with a metal bar around it. It’s the Air Force remedy for overcoming motion sickness and nausea when flying. You sit in the chair, arms resting on the metal bar, and a fellow pilot spins you around as fast as they can until you vomit.
Then you do it again.
If, after that, you still have problems in flight, they put you back in the office chair and you spin around until you vomit.
Turns out the remedy for motion sickness is motion.
Guess what the remedy for figuring out your career is?
That’s right, motion. As in, action.
Some folks who I coach do one or maybe two informational interviews and say, “I did it. Why don’t I have a job yet?”
To which my new answer is, “Because you didn’t spin in the chair until you vomited.” Get back in the chair and spin. Over and over and over again until you create enough momentum for the universe to reward your efforts with an opportunity.
Have you created your Profile of Self? Congrats. You’ve done the Inner Work. Now do the Outer Work — get out there and spin!
The only remedy is motion.
Last week, I launched a webinar and had my friend, Tom, on to talk through his RESET. A question came up during the session: “How much time per week did you spend working on your RESET?”
Twenty hours per week.
That’s pretty significant, especially if you have a full-time job as well. In fact, I think that shocked some folks.
And yet, that’s what it takes. That’s the price tag for loving what you do and getting paid to do it.
What else might it cost? Below is another example to demonstrate:
I was talking with my Mom over Thanksgiving about her RESET. At 44, she finished her bachelor’s at a local community college and wasn’t sure in which direction to head so she did what many of us have done: she took a career test. It pointed her in three directions: education, library services or social work.
Not knowing what social work was all about, she started to pay the price:
In the process, she discovered she didn't enjoy “fixing” people. Instead, she’s all about transition, as in helping people transition from one situation to another. She also realized she needed something aligned with her spiritual beliefs. And she's a good listener. So she landed in hospice work, helping people who are at the end of their life transition and helping their families in the process.
In other words, her RESET took proactivity, lots of strategic use of her free time, research, action, and reflection.
This is what it takes! There is no way around it. You have to pay the price. The price is the awkwardness of informational interviews. Or using your free time in a different way. Or having to do stuff even when you’re tired, and do it for free.
Doing what you love and getting paid to do it long-term.
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