Sunday, May 28, 2017

Master of the Mundane

So the title “Master of the mundane” sounds fancy right?  I actually heard it repeated a lot from a weight lifter I knew.  She always said it’s not raw talent or one bit of passion in one day or at one time that gives people success.  It’s the ones who become “ The master of mundane”.  This girl would have alarms set to tell her when to go to sleep.  She would wake up every morning to do yoga and mobility work, plan her meals ahead for the week, things that most people…won’t do.  Using that as an example it’s extremely easy for anyone to go hard in the gym for an hour, but how many people are going to do the little repeated monotonous tasks to really succeed?

Most of you think planning ahead is this big huge scary thing so you shy away from it.  You keep that “it’ll all work out attitude” then complain when you’re working a lame job (or two) while you’re in school on the G. I Bill.  Oh and for those who say “ I’m just going to go to school” good luck living off roughly 1500 a month from the housing stipend.  Planning doesn’t have to be a sprint.  Most of you if you never read this were going to get all fired up…go spend a whole day writing a resume or reading up on job postings, then quit.  You need to become a “Master of the mundane” in regards to preparation for if you get out of the Military.  Even if you aren't sure if you are going to get out I can promise you that chipping away at some small tasks to build a safety net and back up plan will only benefit you. 

Someone might spend all day doing a resume but most people couldn’t spend the first 15 minutes upon waking up and the last 15 minutes before going to bed looking for a job, reading about some new interest that could lead to a career choice or even knocking out homework for an online class.  However, that’s exactly what you need to do.  It’s consistency and time management.  I don't care what you do in life, those two factors are the biggest keys to success.  Look at in numbers, compare someone spending only 8 hours one time trying to write a resume and find a job (like they want you to do in most cookie cutter military transition programs)..compared to a person who spent 15 minutes twice a day for the last 6 months or longer working on their plan B.  Who put more time in?  Exactly.  That’s where it starts.  I don’t even want you to start with 15 minutes twice daily if you’re just starting to figure things out and have plenty of time.  Start with ten minutes.  Ten minutes a day, that’s it.  Don’t tell me you don’t have time.  You probably spend an hour a day just surfing social media, don’t worry I got tips to trim that down too in some later posts.  Start today, with just ten minutes.  To keep yourself accountable, I want you to keep a log whether it’s on paper of even an app like Evernote.   Write down the number 10 on a page everyday and then I guarantee by the time you have a few pages of those 10s you’ll have a much clearer vision of where you’re heading. 

The time spent doesn't have to be on the same thing day to day.  One day work on your resume, one day read up on a potential career you're interested in, the next day search for a career online.  You have to do 10 minutes a day though.  If you're doing just 10 minutes a day from now on I promise you'll be in a better position than you are now.  Take the first 10 minutes today and download a program off Amazon called Resume Maker Professional.  It'll automatically adjust to the correct format and upload perfectly to any site.  Trying to adjust a word document to every employers website is annoying (and will eat up those 10 minutes).  It's worth the 30 dollars.  I still use it when I update my resume every 3 months.  Also there are two books that will help tremendously too.  I used both of them personally.  One just to make sure I didn't need to tweak my resume called Knock'Em Dead Resumes.  The other book is called How to Win Friends and Influence People and it's the best book ever written on professional communication.  That's less than 100 dollars invested that will help you get a career.  The intro and the second post were just my brief reasons for starting this, but this is where you have to start working too.  Invest the time and start now.  I've already had a lot of people personally message me because they're not comfortable asking for advice on Facebook or on blogger so anyone else who wants to speak one on one don't hesitate.

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