Executive, Jesse, Professional Services discussed on Hello Monday by LinkedIn
They charge X. amount per hour or whatever it is, but for often kind of higher level, professional services or bigger ticket things. There's often a hesitancy for people to talk about it and. And so if you, if you have any friends or connections that can introduce you to people where you can ask them legitimate open questions or joining typically an online professional community that can be very very valuable and getting that intelligence now if you need money quickly, this probably isn't an option, but if you have a little bit of an economic benway. Do you recommend a coach? Is that something people need or can people do that themselves? So I. Asterisk idea executive coaching so I find value in it, I for sure. But I will I will say that In the early days of my business I was not in a position to afford coaching myself I. Do eat my own dog food I have worked with executive coaches myself. In addition to to coaching others on different things right, we all have different areas where we are very proficient, and can teach others, and we have different areas where we need to grow and get better, but in the early days of my business when I really didn't have A. A lot of cash margin what I did was I kicked it. Old School Jesse I became the best library patron in the history of the universe, and for about two years two to three years I was checking out between two and three books per week, and I was just literally reading hundreds of business books so that I could acquaint myself with Canon of. Of Business Literature and Best Practices because I didn't know anything about this when I when I got started I had good subject matter expertise, which a lot of people do when they start a business I knew a lot about marketing communications, but I didn't know a lot about running a business doing marketing and communications, and so I really embarked upon a program. Program to try to educate myself in that area. You know as I'm listening to you. I'm hearing this three line that comes up for a lot of our guests, and that's if there's thing that they need to know to execute the project. Run the business. Start the company. They just believe that they can go and learn. It and I'm curious story. Where does that confidence to believe that? If you read enough books from the library, Shirley, you can figure it out come from. Can we fake it if you have been able to hold down a decent job at a good company, if you have become a college graduate, or what have you if you have managed to do? Those things I'm not sure why you couldn't. Nobody knows calculus before they take a calculus class. Nobody knows how to. Perform lab experiments before someone shows them, but I didn't know how to do calculus after I took the calculus class. We don't all have dispositions for anything we pick up. Even spark people. I think that entrepreneurship is something that is a constellation of different skills, and it is a lot more about. About a willingness to to learn and to try then about any kind of natural disposition. I mean it's sort of the classic. Do you have the fixed mindset or the growth mindset right? If you're a smart person, you can figure things out, and there are some things that I continue to not be amazing at but I'm good enough, and then there are some. Some things where I think I really excel and like anything else you just you try to lean into those as much as you can, but I think I did always have the belief that yeah I intelligence enough and I was I. was GonNa Learn this because I committed to learning it? There's one more thing I want to talk to you about. The other thing that this window of time gives us is time for some of us a lot of it. Those of us with small kids lots of it. And that time sometimes allows us the space to rethink what we're doing, and some of us are figuring out. We actually don't want to be doing it at all. And I know you know a lot about reinvention. Where do even begin if you've discovered that the thing that you're doing day to day is not bringing you enough joy. Yes such an important point, Jesse and You're you're right of course I I spent a lot of time thinking about reinvention. My first book was reinventing you and in my twenty s I had a zillion jobs. After my ill-fated journalism career I worked in politics is a political campaign spokesperson ran a nonprofit, did a lot of things before settling into having my own consulting and executive coaching business, and so if someone is starting to feel the stirrings of discontent in some way Harkening back to our first point, actually I would see the the most important thing that you can do is to really leverage and make use of your runway as much as possible. The truth is you can reinvent yourself into literally almost anything as long as you're. Runway is long enough the problem that a lot of people have. Is it the assume that things have to be an all or nothing proposition? They assume that. I've decided. I'm not happy in my current career, so obviously I'm going to quit my job and then suddenly find another job well first of all we, we all know especially in a down economy, it often takes a while to find another job, and it often can be very very hard especially if you've built up a certain level of seniority to find another job right away at that same income level that can be really really challenging and so what we need. Need to do as we think about reinventing ourselves, number one is to take to take the time that we need to really get clear on where we WANNA reinvent ourselves. What? What is the direction we want to go? What is the ideal job and so that involves little experiments I mean everything from the kind of classic informational interview to maybe volunteering on a board. Let's say like a charity board so that you can explore some of those skills or Even even doing job shadowing for a day or a half day with a friend that's that's something that not a lot of people do, but is a very legitimate way to find out what things are like, so it's first that getting that clarity, and then beginning to try to build up as much experience and network on the side on your own time as you can, so that when it becomes time for you to really make a shift for real, you're in a far stronger. Stronger position to do it when thing I've been thinking a lot about lately as networking looks like now that we don't have physical proximity, and I was a person who did a lot of it. In my younger years, I got my first media job by essentially cold, calling people toward the beginning of their career in magazines in New York and asking them for coffee, and after twenty coffee, somebody finally gave me a job well done well. It feels a little harder to cold zoom. It's awkward anyways, so what works right now? Cold Calls Sir are always a challenge They're never the optimal.