Cynopsis: Classified Advantage
Good morning. It's Tuesday, April 24, 2012, and this is your weekly issue of Cynopsis: Classified Advantage!
Didn't get the job, didn't even get an interview? Feel like you failed? You might have, but guess who else failed... EVERYONE! At least anyone who has tried to accomplish anything. They have all failed, so if you recently experienced failure, you're in pretty good company.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
A past coach of mine once told me failure is nothing more than the opportunity to change. Makes sense. If you failed at something, try again, but in a different way.
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
You are going to fail. Accept it. And failures at times can be terrifying, gut wrenching experiences. But at the end of the day, you have to decide, are you going to define failure, or is failure going to define you.
Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.
You cannot fear failure because to fear failure is to fear life. Embrace your failures, you will learn much more about yourself through failures than you will through successes; success is easy.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
Accept failure as a part of life. Not the best part of life, certainly, but not the worst either.
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
There is something to be said for the individual who continues on with life, failure after failure, it's called courage. Failing is hard, but being a failure is easy. It takes courage to continue on after a failed attempt, it takes nothing to quit.
Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.
Sometimes we hate change, but more often than not, change is good for us. Keeps us sharp and aware. Keeps us going, keeps us from falling into a rut. Change inspires.
Remember that failure is an event, not a person.
Failure is an event, that comes and goes with the wind. The only way failure sticks to you, is if you don't move forward after you've failed.
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
After you have experienced failure, take some time to understand why. This is extremely important, find out why and adapt. Ask others. Take their advice. Start from square one if you have to; as nothing is sadder than a person who will not change after failure, and yet complains about failing.
Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.
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Jim Shannon and his family live in 2149 where their planet is dying. When given the chance to be transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth to a colony called Terra Nova and a second chance to build civilization, the Shannon family takes it. They had to take a huge leap of faith. They had their fears, yet, despite the fear, they kept taking those steps, moving forward, through the portal.
You are a pioneer of sorts. You believe there is a "career frontier" for you to discover, and yet, there are obstacles sometimes as big as dinosaurs in the way of your clear path to success.
Many people choose fear. They passively wait for others to take the first steps to pave the way, only to find that by the time the steps have been proven, they're behind the trend.
Others, you I hope, recognize you must be brave, that even when you don't know what the next step will bring, you move forward and taking the step trusting it will support you until you reach your goal.
Considering taking leaps of faith can bring up feelings of doubt, worry, fear of rejection, fear of financial ruin, anxiety, and paralyzation.
Remember, in every TV show the hero, like Jim Shannon, must take the leap of faith. Here are some tips to help ease your concerns and quiet those negative beliefs your mind is so quick to bring up for you:
1. Be certain with uncertainty. It's one of those sayings that doesn't necessarily settle you, so you just have to accept it. You don't know the future, it is uncertain and that you can be certain of.
2. When you take the right action you will be supported. Think back to risks you've taken that have paid off. Perhaps you pushed yourself to go out and met someone who hired you. Or you took a chance on no-pay project that not only sold and made you some money, it also led to more work for you.
3. When you take the wrong action it will not pay off to protect you and get you back on the right path. This is when you have to trust that sometimes, an opportunity is masked by a seeming disaster. Perhaps had your action paid off, you would have missed out on the opportunity of your career!
4. When finances are low and you know a small investment can take you to the next level of exposure and success remember, "Money is for making things happen!"- Sir Richard Branson's Grandma when giving him 1K to start his business.
5. Success is never achieved in a bubble, you must have a team to support you. It's easier to take leaps of faith when you have people around you to fall back on and help you along the way.
6. You will never get there, so enjoy the journey. Sounds negative, right? But actually, it's the opposite. Have you ever noticed that when you set a goal and achieve it, immediately you think, "What's next?" You will always be striving for something more, so enjoy it!
7. Let go of attachment to "the plan." Is it important to plan? Absolutely! However, if you get too attached to your plan, you may miss better opportunities and extraordinary leaps of faith to take.
Jim has a support group in both his family and the new friends he's creating at Terra Nova. With their help and support he is motivated to take the risks and the leaps needed to build and protect this strange new (yet old) world.
1. What is something you know will move your career forward, yet you've come up with obstacles for yourself instead of going for it?
2. Write about what not taking that action has cost you.
3. What would be possible if you found a way to take the action, you took the leap of faith, and it paid off? Write about what that would look like.
It was always clear for Jim that his family's survival was at stake. Nothing would stand in his way; no T-Rex, no Sixers, not even a crazy birds whose breeding grounds his house is built on. What's at stake for you is your dream and it MUST be worth taking that leap of faith or you will not reach it.
Jessica Sitomer,The Greenlight Coach,is a top Entertainment Industry Speaker and Coach and is the author of And...Action! Powerful, Proven, and Proactive Strategies to Achieve Success in the Entertainment Industry. To learn more about her, visit, www.TheGreenlightCoach.com
What percent of people actually get jobs through the classifieds rather than knowing someone or through a headhunter?
I don't know the statistics but if I were to give you an estimate based on over 1000 people I've coached, I'd break it down like this: classified: 5% headhunters: 10% knowing someone: 85%.
The accuracy of my numbers isn't what I want you to focus on. What I do what you to focus on is the undeniable results that relationships are your best commodity in the entertainment industry. The more people you are in relationship with, the more people who want to help you, connect you, and hire you.
People want to work with people they know, like, and trust. Put yourself in their shoes: if you had to fill a position would you rather fill it with someone you know/someone who was recommended by someone whose opinion you value, or a headhunter, or a cold resume you received through a classified?
What are the pro's and cons of going to a head hunter to help in my job search?
The pro is that you have someone else on your team who may have access to getting you into doors you couldn't get into yourself. The con is, this may make you think you can sit back and wait for the headhunter to get you a job and you will miss out on opportunities that if you had no one on your team you'd be out there pursuing.
The solution? Eliminate the con by pursuing opportunities while working with a headhunter. Usually the company hiring you pays the headhunter so it shouldn't be a conflict, but always do your due diligence and check your contract just to be sure.
Jessica Sitomer, The Greenlight Coach, answers an entertainment industry question daily at www.AndActionBook.blogspot.com.
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Later -- John
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