Are you living a life or your resume?

Do you want to be known for how incredibly you live your life, or for how incredible your resume reads? For the record, your answers do not have to be mutually exclusive.   The opportunity is to begin to explore the answer younger than we have traditionally even asked the question. The potential Don’t Die ™ title that comes to mind is:  Don’t Die Only Living for Your Resume!

I have created a livelihood helping late boomers (and late bloomers) explore these questions.  Usually when a client comes to explore these questions they are in an enormous amount of psychological career pain.  It is not uncommon that a client has been outplaced from their job, business or career when they are exploring these questions.  What my work has taught me is that we must, as an educational standard protocol, begin to teach our children to explore these questions from the time they enter kindergarten.

There is a book I regularly recommend to my clients on the subject, Mark Albion’s Berrett-Koehler publication, More Than Money.   Mark recently did a 15 minute commencement speech (you can watch or read the transcript from this link), that is worth every minute no matter what your age.

Dr. Success Challenge:  If you were living an incredible life that was also your livelihood, what would you be doing?

For this record, this is your summer school Don’t Die Principles of Responsibility #3:  You can make excuses, or you can achieve your goals, but you cannot do both.

Only you live your life.  Only you can create your life.  Only you can make excuses for your life or achieve your life goals.  The choice is really yours!

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About the author

Andrea Goeglein is part organizational psychologist, part entrepreneur, and all about success—your success. She understands both the pressures you face and the dreams that inspire you. Andrea merges her experience as a business owner with her training in Positive Psychology to provide effective, efficient and challenging personal development products and services. She combines an emphasis on objective assessment with an approach that is always powered by your spirit and guided by your goals. Her professional development offerings are based in theory and backed by direct business knowledge.

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  1. Karen Robilotta

    I wonder if Richard remembers my first day at W.R. Grace. He walked into the copy room, took one look at me, did a quick 180 and came to you to say, “I think we made a mistake – we hired a baby…does she have working papers?” LOL. And, for the next 18 months I got to see the best executive I’ve ever worked with in action. Richard Goeglein has had a profound impact on my career and so many others. I love him – and you! xox

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