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your career

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career
Coach Yourself
to Success

by

Jason R. Rich

LearningExpress
New York

Copyright © 2001 LearningExpress, LLC.
All rights reserved under International and Pan-American
Copyright Conventions. Published in the United States by
LearningExpress, LLC, New York.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data:
Rich, Jason R.
Your career : coach yourself to success / Jason R. Rich.
p. cm.
Includes index.
ISBN 1-57685-362-4 (pbk.)
1. Career development. 2. Vocational guidance. I. Title.
HF5381 .R48 2001
650.14—dc21

00-067428

Printed in the United States of America
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First Edition
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Or visit our website at:
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Introduction

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Getting to Know Yourself

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Getting to Know Your Professional Self

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Identifying the Obstacles Preventing Your Success

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Analyzing Your Strengths and
Identifying Your Weaknesses

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Creating an Action Plan to Achieve Your Goals

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Developing Time Management
and Organizational Skills

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Finding the Job That’s Best Suited for You

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Developing Your Professional Image
and Marketing Yourself

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Choosing a Mentor

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Developing Your Network

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Putting It All Together

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Appendix A: Case Studies
Appendix B: Resources

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Index

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THIS BOOK IS all about achieving goals and dreams and making
the most out of the career-related opportunities you encounter.
When it comes to my own career, it’s the endless support and
encouragement I receive on a daily basis from my two closest
friends, Mark Giordani and Ellen Bendremer, that allow me to
achieve my own goals and dreams. Thus, I dedicate this book to
them, as well as to my family.
I’d also like to thank Brigit Dermott and Jennifer Farthing at
LearningExpress for inviting me to work on this book project.
Thanks to my friends Andy Lawson, Nic Womble, and Adam
Brewster—members of the pop music group B-Factor
(www.BFactorMusic.com)—with whom I have the privilege to work
as their manager (outside of my writing career). As this book was
being written, we’ve been traveling throughout Europe on tour,
which has provided for a wide range of fun, educational, and sometimes challenging experiences.
Finally, thanks to you, the reader. I hope you find this book to be
informative and helpful as you embark on a quest to achieve your
own personal, professional, and financial goals. If you’d like to share
your experiences, ideas, or comments, please visit my website at
http://www.jasonrich.com, or e-mail me at jr7777@aol.com.

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YOUR CAREER REPRESENTS much more than a current job. It
encompasses all the related, and unrelated, jobs you’ll hold from
your first paycheck to your retirement. A career path might involve
working your way up the corporate ladder and staying with a single employer until retirement (which is becoming increasingly rare),
or it might include holding a handful of jobs, working for different
employers, but in the same profession, occupation, and/or industry.
In addition, many career paths now include changing jobs or professions one or more times and using the variety of skills you learn
in different occupations to round out your skill set.
People who ultimately achieve success in their careers aren’t
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have discovered how to plan their career path, set and achieve
goals, uncover and take advantage of opportunities, become highly
skilled at networking, and they aren’t afraid to work hard to obtain
what they want out of life.
Those who achieve success have also discovered how to learn
from their mistakes, overcome whatever obstacles they face, utilize
their time properly, delegate responsibilities, and focus their attention on issues that matter to them, their employer, and to achieving
their goals.
Your Career: Coach Yourself to Success was written to help you fully
utilize the resources you have available right now and help you
learn exactly what it takes to properly manage your career and make
your career-related goals a reality. This book will help you determine what skills you will need to help you develop and acquire a
road map for achieving success. It does not, however, offer instant
solutions or get rich quick schemes.
If you want to be successful in your professional life, no matter
what occupation you choose to pursue or what industry you ultimately work in, it’s going to take a lot of hard work and dedication
to achieve your goals. Throughout your career, you’ll probably
receive guidance and support from superiors, friends, family, and
others, but when it comes to actually making career-related decisions and working your way toward success, you’ll need to discover how to rely on yourself and ultimately coach yourself to success.
In the first few chapters of this book, you’re going to be asked
many questions that are designed to help you learn all about yourself, your values, and your aspirations. Your answers to these questions will help you set your personal, professional, and financial
goals; determine your likes and dislikes; figure out what specifically you’re good at and where your strengths lie; and pinpoint areas
where you need improvement.
Once you determine what you’re really trying to accomplish in
your career, this book will help you develop detailed action plans for
achieving those goals. Since long-term goals aren’t achievable
overnight, you will learn how to build a plan made of a series of
smaller steps that will lead you to ultimate goal. So no matter how

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ambitious your goals might be, you will learn how to stay on task
and motivated so you can make the most of your career.
Knowing what you want to achieve is critical, and having a plan
to get you there is just as important. Your Career: Coach Yourself to
Success will also help you develop other vital skills that will lead you
to success. When you want more out of your career than a paycheck
you need to use your time wisely so that you can spend time learning new skills and having a life outside of work. You will learn time
management and organizational skills that can help you get ahead.
You’ll also learn how to find the ideal job, how to market yourself,
and how to develop a network.
Even if you graduated at the top of your class in school and
you’re about to launch your career, there’s a lot you still have to
learn that can only be acquired from real-world experience. One of
the objectives of this book is to help you combine your traditional
education with real-world experience to take full advantage of
whatever professional opportunities become available to you. These
opportunities will seldom be dropped in your lap, however. Part of
achieving success is seeking out your own opportunities and learning how and when to take full advantage of them.
As you make decisions and begin to plan out your future, ideally
you want to discover a career path or occupation you’re truly passionate about and that inspires you. It will be your passion that will
ultimately help keep you motivated as you face the many challenges
and obstacles that cross your path on the road to success.
Whether you’re first starting out or you already have years of professional experience, one of the most important things you can do to
help ensure your long-term success, aside from proper planning and
goal setting, is to surround yourself with a positive support system.
You want to associate with people whom you admire and care
about, and who will offer you the love, support, and guidance you’ll
need as you confront the challenges of your personal and professional life. Nothing can replace the positive impact of having the
support of family, close friends, and a mentor or role model as you
face difficult decisions and obstacles that are a common part of
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Having a strong support system is critical, but developing confidence in yourself and your own abilities is just as important. In your
heart, you need to understand what you’re trying to accomplish and
why, and determine what it will take to achieve what’s important to
you. As you’ll learn from this book, there’s a lot more to success than
simply having a high-paying job and a fancy job title. Everyone’s
personal values are different, which means that the decisions you
ultimately make should help you work toward the outcomes you’re
looking to achieve.
Without ignoring the guidance offered by those whom you
respect and care about, this book will help you become your own
personal career coach. It will help you make your own intelligent
career and life-related choices and be confident in your ability to
make intelligent decisions with outcomes from which you’ll benefit.
Everyone’s pathway to success is different. There are no definitive
answers for what it will take you to achieve your goals. As you’ll
soon learn, one of the best ways to determine what pathways to take
is to study other people who have achieved success doing whatever
it is that interests you, and learn what steps they’ve taken to make
their dreams a reality.
Obviously, since you’ve begun reading this book, you have the
motivation and interest in becoming more successful. Your Career:
Coach Yourself to Success will help you find your passion and use it to
achieve your goals and dreams. Never be afraid to dream . . . but
remember, dreaming is only the first step. It’s what will inspire you
with ideas. To make your dreams become a reality, however, you’ll
need to take action! If you know in your heart you can accomplish a
goal or dream, you can devise a plan to make your dream a reality.

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getting to know yourself

CONGRATULATIONS! FOR WHAT, you ask? Well, you’ve already
taken the first step toward achieving success and fulfilling your
goals. That’s right. First, you identified that there is something missing from your life. In your quest for answers, you purchased this
book. That’s the first step toward success, and you’ve done it well!
This book is all about setting goals and fulfilling your short-term
and long-term career objectives. However, in the process of improving your employment situation, this book will help you to define
and achieve personal and financial goals as well.
Millions of people spend their entire professional life being miserable on the job because they’ve made bad career decisions. Despite
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unmotivated to take the initiative and improve their situation. As a
result, they literally dread waking up for work each and every morning. Worst of all, their sole purpose for going to work is to earn a paycheck—and that’s it.
Being miserable on the job not only impacts your emotional state
during the day when you’re at work, but it also has the potential to
negatively impact your personal life and even your overall mental and
physical health. Furthermore, if you’re constantly depressed or fed up
with your employment situation, for whatever reason, this often leads
to stress, which is something that nobody needs in his or her life.
Stress also negatively impacts those around you, including your
spouse, siblings, roommates, significant other, co-workers, and friends.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could wake up every morning excited
to go to work because you truly love your job? Wouldn’t you like to
spend your time doing things you have a passion for and earn a living in the process? Well, what’s holding you back? That’s one of the
questions this book will help you answer. Once you identify what’s
keeping you from achieving your professional goals and ambitions,
you’ll discover how to make the necessary changes in your life so
that you can set yourself on a path toward success.
Is this going to be an easy process? Nope. Will it happen
overnight? Nope. Do you have what it takes to break away from the
path you’re on and begin fulfilling your dreams? Yes, but it’s going
to take hard work, dedication, and a true commitment on your part.
If you’re willing to put in the time and effort and face obstacles and
challenges you encounter head-on, without letting them stand in
your way, you can, and will, be successful.
Before you can make positive changes in your life, there are several things you’ll need to understand. First, you’ll need to be totally,
100% honest with yourself about who you are as a person. In this
chapter and the next, you’re going to be asked many questions in
order to help you get to know yourself better. It’s critical that you
answer these questions and be brutally honest. Don’t worry, you
won’t ever have to share your answers with anyone else; however,
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Once you’ve developed a thorough understanding of who you
are, you’ll need to define exactly what it is you hope to accomplish
or achieve in your lifetime. This means setting short-term and longterm goals that are realistic and that relate to your professional life,
your personal life, and your financial situation.
As you’ll soon discover, one of the tricks to setting goals that are
ultimately achievable is to be very specific. General goals like “I
want to be a millionaire” or “I want to be the CEO of a company”
are not specific. Every goal needs to be backed up by a detailed plan
for achieving it, and it needs to be narrowly defined—but more on
that later.
Throughout this book, you’re going to be discovering tricks for
achieving success. However, before you can proceed, it’s important
to define what success means to you. When you ask yourself what
success really means to you, what comes to mind?
Does achieving success mean becoming a highly paid executive?
Being able to retire at a young age as a multi-millionaire? Does it
mean having a career that you truly love? Does achieving success
mean getting married, having kids, and then earning a living to support your family? Does it mean buying an expensive house and a
sports car? Do you equate being successful working with a charitable organization and having a positive impact on the lives of others?
Everyone has a different definition for what constitutes success
for them personally. According to Merriam Webster’s Collegiate
Dictionary, the definitions of success are: “Degree or measure of succeeding; favorable or desired outcome; the attainment of wealth,
favor or eminence; one that succeeds.”
Take a few minutes and define success for yourself in the following areas:
My definition of personal success is: __________________________
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My definition of professional (career-related) success is: __________
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My definition of financial success is: __________________________
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My overall definition of success is: ____________________________
____________________________________________________________
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Developing a passion for your work is a key ingredient for success. If you look at almost any highly successful person, one of the
primary things that sets him or her apart from others is a passion for
whatever it is that he or she does. Because that person has a true love
of his or her work, he or she is willing to dedicate whatever effort it
takes to excel and achieve success.
Before you have a passion for something, you must determine
what your goals are and what types of things you truly enjoy.
Knowing this information, it’s possible to define a career path for
yourself that will allow you to pursue things you love and achieve
your goals simultaneously.
As you set out to define your long-term career goals, remember
that there’s a lot more to life than professional success. Those people
who are truly happy are those who have created a well-balanced life,
consisting of both work and a personal life. Developing a balance
between a personal and professional life is important, because all
the professional and financial success in the world means little if you
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There will, no doubt, be times when you’ll have to make personal
sacrifices in favor of your career (and vice versa). Through careful
planning, you should be able to identify, in advance, what these sacrifices will be, and then spend time determining if making each sacrifice is worth it in order to move one or more of your goals closer to
fruition. As you work toward success you will need to make decisions that impact your life and the lives of people close to you. You
should never, however, make these decisions when you’re in a hurry,
under pressure, or until you have gathered all of the information you
need and have considered all of the various ramifications.
Part of becoming successful means doing research and gathering
information, so every decision you make is an educated one,
whether it’s about what job to take or how to invest your money.
Always use all of the information available to you, take the time you
need to make each decision, and never let your emotions cloud your
judgment.
As with any big project, it’s always best to start by looking at the
big picture and then focus on the specifics. In terms of getting to
know yourself as a person, the remaining portion of this chapter will
ask you some pretty detailed questions about yourself as you
embark on setting a plan for yourself to achieve overall success in
your life.
The title of this book was chosen for a reason. Your Career: Coach
Yourself to Success will give you the information you need to make
intelligent decisions; however, the decisions you make are ultimately your own, because they will have an impact on you and those
close to you.
Just as athletes have coaches who offer them guidance, training,
and motivation, as a working professional, there’s no reason why
you too can’t have a coach. However, just as in sports, a coach can’t
force an athlete to excel. If you want to achieve success, you’ll need
to take action and responsibility for yourself.
While it’s perfectly acceptable to seek out guidance, support, and
help from others, one of the biggest mistakes people make is
becoming too reliant on other people. While you may occasionally
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your goals, consider this help a bonus. Ultimately, it will be you and
you alone that will determine to what degree you’re able to achieve
your objectives.

W H AT H AV E YO U D O N E W I T H YO U R L I F E
U P U N T I L N OW ?
Take a look at your life up until now. What are you the most proud
of in terms of your accomplishments? With what aspects of yourself
are you disappointed? Divide up your entire life into two main
areas—personal and professional, and then answer the following
questions that relate to your personal life using complete sentences.

W H E R E A R E YO U N OW . . . P E R S O N A L LY ?
For the time being, forget about your professional life and focus exclusively on who you are outside of work. Think about yourself, your
family, friends, personal ideals, values, and preferences as you answer
the following questions. Remember, be honest with yourself as you
write out your responses to these questions. Don’t write answers you
think you’re supposed to write or that are politically correct. The purpose of this exercise is to help you do an honest self-assessment. For
now, forget about your ego and what others might think.
What are the five things about yourself of which you’re the most
proud?
1. __________________________________________________________
2. __________________________________________________________
3. __________________________________________________________
4. __________________________________________________________
5. __________________________________________________________

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What do you value most about your life?
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Who are the people closest to you? ____________________________
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Who are your best friends or the people you rely on the most?
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With whom do you enjoy spending your free time?
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Aside from work, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
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What are your hobbies? ______________________________________
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What charity groups, social clubs, organizations, or community
groups do you currently participate in or belong to?
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Why are you a participant in these groups? ____________________
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How are the goals and values of these groups in line with your
overall personal goals and ambitions? What are the similarities and
differences? ________________________________________________
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How would you describe your personality? ____________________
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What is it that people like most about you? ____________________
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What do people like the least about you? ______________________
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How do you think your friends, coworkers, and relatives describe
you? ______________________________________________________
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What do people say about you behind your back? ______________
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What do you like the most about yourself?______________________
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What do you like the least about yourself? ______________________
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What is your biggest insecurity? ______________________________
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With which aspects of your appearance are you happy?
____________________________________________________________
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Which aspects of your appearance do you think need improvement?
____________________________________________________________
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When it comes to written and verbal communication, are you content with your skills? Are they developed enough? How could you
improve upon these skills?
____________________________________________________________
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In your life right now, what are your biggest fears and concerns?
____________________________________________________________
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Who or what in your personal life causes you the most stress or
grief? ______________________________________________________
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Who or what in your personal life brings you the most pleasure?
____________________________________________________________
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If you could spend your time doing any activity, what would it be?
____________________________________________________________
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What are five (5) activities that you’d like to participate in, but never
have?
1. __________________________________________________________
2. __________________________________________________________
3. __________________________________________________________
4. __________________________________________________________
5. __________________________________________________________
What has kept you from experiencing each of these activities?
____________________________________________________________
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When you were in school, what were your favorite subjects?
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When you were in school, what were your strongest subjects?
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What are your three worst habits?
1. __________________________________________________________
2. __________________________________________________________
3. __________________________________________________________
Why do you have these habits? What causes them?
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What could be done to eliminate these negative habits?
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What has been the single best or most memorable experience of your
life?
____________________________________________________________
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What made this experience so special?
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What could you do to make other events in your life just as special
or meaningful?
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What is your most prized possession? Why is it so valuable to you?
____________________________________________________________
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Based on your life right now, what other things do you value? (Keep
in mind, your marriage or a close relationship can be of great emotional or sentimental value. Your choices don’t have to be based on
material objects or money.)
____________________________________________________________
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If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?
Why?
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What is the best thing about the personal relationship(s) you currently have with loved ones? (Include your spouse, family members,
boyfriend, girlfriend, etc.)
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What’s lacking in these relationships?
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What could be done, starting today, to improve upon these relationships? ______________________________________________________
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Are there any additional personal relationships you’d like to develop in the near future? ________________________________________
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What steps are you taking, or could you begin taking, to develop
these new relationships? ______________________________________
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Describe your current living conditions and overall standard of
living: ______________________________________________________
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What could be improved upon in regard to your living conditions or
standard of living? __________________________________________
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What can be done in order to make it possible for you to make these
improvements? ______________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
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Describe your personal financial situation: ______________________
____________________________________________________________
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How has your personal financial situation changed in the past year?
____________________________________________________________
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What could be done to improve your personal financial situation
over the next 12 months? ____________________________________
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U N D E R S TA N D I N G YO U R P R E S E N T S I T UAT I O N
The answers you provided to the previous questions should have
helped you develop a better understanding of who you are as a person right now. Based on what you’ve discovered, consider what
you’re the happiest about in your personal life. Also, what areas of
your life need work?
For now, focus only on personal issues, such as:
• Your relationships
• Who you are as a person (based upon your own perception
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• Your values

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• Your personality
• Your current living conditions
Now is the time to become a little critical of your answers. Are
you proud of the honest responses you provided? If someone close
to you were to read your responses, what would they think about
you? Take some time and evaluate your personal weaknesses and
insecurities. Being as specific and as detailed as possible, answer the
following questions:
What needs to be improved about your life? ____________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
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____________________________________________________________
What specific strengths can you use to overcome the negative
aspects of your life? ________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
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What obstacles are keeping you from overcoming the negative
aspects of your life? __________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
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What can you start doing today to overcome the negative aspects of
your life? __________________________________________________
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What role does your job or career play in the aspects of your personal life with which you’re not happy? ________________________
____________________________________________________________
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Is there any person in your life that’s holding you back from reaching your true potential? If so, what is this person doing (specifically)
to hold you back? __________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
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____________________________________________________________

D E F I N I N G YO U R G OA L S
No matter who you are, how successful you’ve already become,
how well educated you are, or what type of personality you have,
developing specific goals and constantly working toward achieving
those goals are among the key ingredients for success. As you define
what your personal, professional and financial goals are, make sure
that the goals are in fact your own, and that they’re not being
imposed on you by other people.
Sure, your parents, spouse, friends, or other relatives may encourage you or push you toward certain achievements. However, it’s
important that the goals you choose to pursue are your own and that
they are things you truly want to accomplish for yourself. At times,
the pressure that will be put on you by other people, such as a parent who wants you to follow in his or her footsteps, can be intense
and even overwhelming. To achieve happiness and success in the
long term, however, your actions and decisions must be your own.
Of course, utilizing the advice, support, and motivation from others
is definitely acceptable and encouraged.
Based upon where you are in your life right now, write down
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personal, professional, and financial. To keep things simple, consider a short-term goal as something you want to achieve within the
next 12 months. A long-term goal is something that will take over
one year to achieve.
As you write out your goals, make sure they’re realistic. For
example, if you’re earning a comfortable living as a Certified
Public Accountant but you’ve decided that your goal is to design
and build fine furniture, you’ll need to be very realistic about the
financial sacrifice you’ll be making, at least in the short term, and
the difficulties you might encounter by following this less traditional career path. Being realistic will help you focus your efforts
and give your dreams a solid foundation that you can use to build
your success.
A realistic appraisal of the risks, effort required, and chances of
success may cause you to re-evaluate some overly ambitious goals.
Always make sure that your goals can be met with an amount of risk
and effort with which you are comfortable.
The next few sections ask you several series of questions that will
help you define your goals. When answering the questions, take some
time to brainstorm on a separate piece of paper (or on a separate document in your computer) and then record your answers in this book.
Keep in mind what you learned earlier in the chapter, such as the
areas of your life that you would like to improve. Write down everything that comes to mind and then go over the entire list to select
those items on which you would really like to focus.

Pe rs o n a l G o a l s
Personal goals deal primarily with self-improvement, relationships,
and family issues. An example of a short-term personal goal might
be to clean and organize your entire house within the next two
weeks, or to meet five new people during the next month whom
you’d consider dating in order to expand your social life.
An example of a long-term personal goal might be to get married

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and to have children within the next five to eight years, or to move
out of your parents’ house and get your own apartment within the
next year.
Short-Term Personal Goals
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
Long-Term Personal Goals
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________

P rof e s s i o n a l G o a l s
Professional goals pertain to career or job-related issues. An example of a short-term professional goal might be to find and land a first
job (by the time you graduate from school). A short-term careerrelated goal might also be to earn a raise or promotion within the
next year, or to ace your next quarterly employee evaluation.
An example of a long-term career goal might be to move up the
corporate ladder where you’re currently employed and ultimately become a senior vice president within the next three to five
years.
Short-Term Professional Goals
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
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Long-Term Professional Goals
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________

Financial Goals
As the title suggests, financial goals have to do with money, investments and assets. An example of a short-term financial goal might
be to pay off your credit card debt within the next eight months. A
long-term financial goal might be to acquire a personal net worth of
$300,000 dollars by the time you reach age 45, or to build up a
stock/investment portfolio worth of over $100,000 within the next
four years.
Short-Term Financial Goals __________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
Long-Term Financial Goals __________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________

H OW C A R E E R A N D F I N A N C I A L G OA L S F I T I N TO
YO U R P E R S O N A L L I F E
If you’re unmarried, have no children, and you don’t have to support
anyone but yourself, it’s very easy to make career-related decisions,

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to dedicate your life (at least for a while) to your career, and to take
career-related risks. Achieving a balance between your personal and
professional life isn’t as critical, and it’s okay if your work takes
precedence in your life.
However, once you get involved in a serious romantic relationship, get married, have children, or take on supporting your parents
in their old age, for example, the career-related decisions you make
will have an impact on your life, as well as the lives of people close
to you.
For example, your employer might offer you an incredible promotion and raise; however, to accept it would require relocating to
another state. With no family ties, this decision would be a lot easier to make than if you have to worry about your spouse leaving his
or her job, and pulling your kids out of their school.
The career goals you set should be in line with what’s strategically
possible based on your personal situation. If your career-related goal is
to eventually become a top-level executive within the company you
currently work for, but in order to do this, you’ll need to return to
school either part-time or full-time to earn an MBA, for example, you’ll
have to consider how this education will be paid for, whether or not
you have the time to attend classes and study, and what impact returning to school and juggling a full-time job will have on your family.
Likewise, if you’re a woman who is considering having children
within the next few years, you’ll need to decide early on what role
your career will play in your life during and after your pregnancy.
Are you willing to give up your career and be a stay-at-home mom?
Will you return to work part-time? Will you hire a nanny and return
to work full-time within weeks after giving birth? What impact will
each of these scenarios have on your personal and professional life?
Every career-related decision you make will have a short- and
long-term impact on you and those close to you. If you’re totally
dedicated to achieving your goals, you can make them a reality. It’s
critical, however, to understand what you’re getting into and determine what sacrifices you’ll need to make in order to juggle your personal and professional life.
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potentially impact your personal goals and financial goals, and how
each set of goals interrelate. Chances are, your career and financialrelated goals will integrate closely. For example, if you want to buy
yourself a $2.5 million home in the next five years, and to do this,
you must work your way from being a manager to a vice president
within your company, you’ll need to adjust your career-related goals
in order to eventually achieve your financial goal.
In subsequent chapters, you’ll discover how to go about setting
short-term and long-term goals and then divide up those goals into
smaller, easily achievable goals. You’ll learn how to develop an organized approach to achieving your goals, discover tips for staying
focused and motivated, plus learn how to track and measure your
successes.
One of the keys to being able to achieve goals is to constantly
evaluate what your goals are and be ready to modify them as unexpected events happen in your life. At times, things might go better
than planned. In some situations, you may face and have to deal
with unexpected obstacles. There may also be times when you find
a change in focus will lead to better results.
As you get older, your priorities and values will change. You will
become more mature and your outlook on life will be altered as you
obtain additional life experience. For these reasons, you always want
to keep an open mind as you’re confronted with new and exciting
opportunities that may require you to alter your goals and objectives.
By the time you’re done reading this book, there’s a good chance
you’ll want to return to the goal-related questions you responded to
in the previous section of this chapter and rework or modify some or
all of your answers. You may discover that your personal happiness
and the ability to work at a job that you truly love (even if it’s for less
pay) is well worth pursuing, even if it means your long-term financial
goals may no longer be achievable in the time frame you’ve outlined.
You may discover five years from now that the career path you’ve
selected really isn’t right for you, and that you’d prefer to return to
school to earn a different degree, and then pursue an entirely different career opportunity in an unrelated field or different industry
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As you’re forced to make important, potentially life-changing
decisions, whether they relate to your career, finances or personal
life, never make these decisions rashly and never lose focus on
whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish in the long-term. Always
remember that short-term sacrifices may be a necessity, and that
there are seldom any shortcuts to achieving success.

C R E AT I N G A P E R S O N A L I Z E D ,
G OA L - AC H I E V E M E N T AC T I O N P L A N
Earlier in this chapter you were asked to define what you currently
perceive your short- and long-term personal, professional, and financial goals to be. Hopefully, you listed specific goals. Simply listing
your goals in writing and referring to them often (on a daily basis, if
possible), is a major step toward being able to achieve those goals.
Especially to accomplish your long-term goals, however, you’ll
need to devise a detailed action plan for each goal as well as a timeline. As you’ll soon learn in Chapter 5, one of the first steps in
achieving your primary long-term goals is to divide each of them up
into a series of smaller, more achievable short-term goals, and then
to create a timeline for achieving each of those smaller goals.
Once you set out to define and begin achieving your goals, this
becomes an ongoing process that requires commitment, hard work,
and dedication on your part. You must focus your energies and then
stay focused until your objectives are completed. At times, this
won’t be an easy process, so one of the challenges you’ll face is staying motivated.
The action plan you devise for achieving your goals must be personalized to meet your own needs, lifestyle, and personality. You
never want to take on too much, or you’ll quickly find yourself
overwhelmed and frustrated. Likewise, you always want to be challenged in order to maintain your interest and motivation.
In order to succeed, you’ll have to determine, over time, what your
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physically, and adjust your action plan accordingly. Most importantly, you must never be afraid to fail.
When it comes to making life-changing decisions and taking steps
to improve your career, personal life, or financial well being, be prepared to make mistakes, but at the same time, always learn from
those mistakes and never repeat them. If you make a mistake, don’t
look at it as a personal failure and get depressed. Instead, consider
it a valuable learning experience. What would you do differently
next time? What can be done to fix the situation now that the mistake has been made? What lessons were learned from the mistake?
In the future, how can you (and how will you) benefit from the
knowledge you have acquired? What can be done to insure that a
similar mistake never happens again?
While hard work and dedication will play major roles in your
ability to achieve long-term success, no matter what your goals are,
your attitude and personality will also be integral factors.
Developing and maintaining a positive attitude is important, as is
learning how to work well with others so that the people you work
or interact with (personally or professionally) like and respect you.
Once you set your mind to achieving the things you’ve listed as
your goals, invest the necessary time to create a detailed action plan
(a step-by-step plan to meet your goals) so that you always know
what needs to be done next in order to achieve your objectives.
Action plans are discussed in great detail in Chapter 5, and are an
essential step in coaching yourself to success.
Finally, always pay attention to yourself and who you are as a
person. Never compromise what you believe to be moral and right
simply to make someone else happy or to achieve a goal. Make sure
that the way you are accomplishing your goals enhances who you
are, and doesn’t detract from your sense of self-worth. For example,
if you are presented with the opportunity to take the credit for someone else’s work, even though this might earn you a promotion, you
will undermine your success because you have compromised your
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and maybe even some frustration, but in the long term, always
strive to be the best person you can be.
The power to succeed is within you. Your hopes, dreams, and
desires can all become reality. You can make positive things happen
for yourself if you’re willing to take control over your own life and
your actions. It’s within your power to avoid getting stuck in a bad
marriage or relationship, and to avoid getting stuck in a dead-end
job. If you’re already in a bad situation, with the proper guidance
and internal drive, you can vastly improve and/or drastically alter
the situation you’re currently in.
You’ve already taken the right first step by purchasing and reading this book. If you’ve answered the questions posed in this chapter, you have also already begun developing a truer understanding
of who you are as a person. As you proceed to the next chapter, a
focus on your career and professional life will begin.

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professional self

SO, HOW’S IT going so far? Does your hand hurt from writing out
answers to all of the questions posed to you in the previous chapter?
While you live with yourself 24 hours per day, everyday, few people
are truly and totally honest with themselves when it comes to evaluating whom they are, what they believe in, what’s important to
them, and what their values are. The questions in the previous chapter were posed to help you discover a better understanding of yourself as a person.
In this chapter, you will be asked another series of questions. This
time, the objective is to develop an understanding of your professional interests and aspirations. When it comes to work and your
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• What are your likes and dislikes?
• What are your goals and aspirations?
• What will it take to transform yourself into someone who is
excited to wake up each and every morning and go to work?
• What are your passions?
• What skills do you possess right now that make you a valuable employee?
• How can you make yourself more marketable in today’s
competitive job market?
These are some of the bigger questions to which this chapter will
help you uncover answers. To do this, invest some additional time
and answer the following questions using complete sentences. Once
again, it’s necessary for you to be totally honest with yourself. The
answers you provide to these questions will help you determine
what type of career opportunities you should pursue, based on your
skills, interests, and desires.
From these questions, you’ll also be able to ascertain what your
long-term career goals and professional dreams are. Later, with this
information, you’ll be able to develop an action plan for transforming your goals and dreams into reality.
Obviously, just because you write something down, it doesn’t
mean that what you put on paper will ultimately come true. This is
only the first step in a long process that involves hard work, drive,
determination, motivation, knowledge, and dedication.
This process will start, however, with you determining what you
want out of your professional life. From there, you can create a road
map for yourself and put yourself on a career path designed to make
your objectives achievable.

U N D E R S TA N D I N G YO U R P R O F E S S I O N A L S E L F
As you respond to the following questions, think about what you
learned from the previous chapter about yourself as a person. Also,
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people. You will, however, want to incorporate some of the information you include within your responses into your job search
efforts, your resume, and in the formulation of your career-related
goals.
What job title or position do you currently fill or are you qualified to
fill? ________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
What alternate job titles are you qualified to fill? ________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
What is your greatest career-related achievement? How can you
document this achievement to potential employers?______________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
While in school, what were three of your most impressive accomplishments, achievements and/or awards? ______________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
What is your single most marketable professional or work-related
skill? Why? ________________________________________________
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____________________________________________________________
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What is the most impressive result or success you’ve achieved on
the job using this skill? ______________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
What five other skills do you possess that are the most useful in the
work you do now (or plan to do in the near future)?
1. __________________________________________________________
2. __________________________________________________________
3. __________________________________________________________
4. __________________________________________________________
5. __________________________________________________________
List specific examples of how you have used each of these skills at
work. What was accomplished as a result?
Skill: ______________________ Result: ________________________
Skill: ______________________ Result: ________________________
Skill: ______________________ Result: ________________________
Skill: ______________________ Result: ________________________
Skill: ______________________ Result: ________________________
What keywords or industry buzzwords can be used to describe each
of your skill(s)?
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
What are one or two things about you as a professional that sets you
apart from other people working in your field? What makes you
special? ____________________________________________________
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What professional or personal skills do you currently lack?
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
If you possessed these skills, how would it benefit your career?
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
What would it take to obtain the skills that you currently lack?
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
What skills do you have that require improvement to make you
more proficient? ____________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
In what time frame could you realistically obtain the necessary
training?____________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
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Looking at your career thus far, what has been your favorite job and
place to work? Why? ________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
Based on your current skills and qualifications, write a job description
for what you perceive to be a desirable job. Make sure this is a job you
could apply for (if it were available) and potentially receive today.
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
How does your current job differ from your dream job?
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
What would be your ultimate dream job? Create a job description
for that job. (For the time being, don’t worry about whether or not
you’re qualified for this job, but make sure it is one that could potentially exist.)
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
In what type of work environment would you like to be employed? (A
large corporation, a small business, a home-based business, a company
with over 100 employees, a company with under 10 employees, etc.)
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What type of people would you like as your coworkers? (Describe
these people in terms of their age, interests, qualifications, personalities, etc.) __________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
What type of work schedule would you like to have, or would you
prosper the most in if you maintained? (Part-time, full-time, 9 A.M.
to 5 P.M., etc.) ________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
What work-related tasks do you most enjoy doing?
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
What work-related tasks do you least enjoy?
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
At which work-related tasks are you the most proficient?
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What work-related tasks are you responsible for, at which you do
not excel? __________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
Describe your professional career path as it stands right now?
Where are you today, and where are you headed?
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
If you could alter this career path and improve upon it, what would
change? ____________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
What aspects of your work make you the happiest? What do you
most look forward to?
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
With minor changes, what aspects of your professional life could
make you happy or excited?
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What aspects of your work do you enjoy the least? Is there anything
about your current employment situation that makes you miserable? If so, what? ____________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
How would you describe your professional attitude?
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
How do you believe your coworkers describe your professional attitude and personality? What about your superiors?
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
If you were to pursue additional education or professional training,
what would you study and why? How would this potentially help
your career?
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
When it comes to work-related benefits and perks, what’s important
to you? (Examples might include: health insurance, stock options,
daycare, flexible work schedule, etc.)
____________________________________________________________
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____________________________________________________________
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When you’re recognized for doing a good job at work, how do you
like to be rewarded?
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
What five qualities about a new job opportunity would you look for,
based on the answers you provided to the previous questions in this
section? For example, would you look for a full-time job in a large
corporation, where your co-workers were around your age and your
daily work-related responsibilities included things you enjoy doing?
Be specific in terms of what you’d look for in a future employment
situation.
1. __________________________________________________________
2. __________________________________________________________
3. __________________________________________________________
4. __________________________________________________________
5. __________________________________________________________
What is currently holding you back from obtaining what you perceive to be your dream job?
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
What would it take, starting today, to overcome these obstacles?
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How would you rate your skills in the following areas? Use the following key to help you rate your level of proficiency.
1 = Non-Existent, 2 = Needs Work, 3 = Average, 4 = Excellent
Written communication skills:
Verbal communication skills:
Public speaking skills:
Listening skills:
Reading skills:
Computer literacy skills:
Time management skills:
Organizational skills:
Managerial/leadership skills:
Interpersonal skills:

1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1

2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4

For the skills you rated as being “non-existent,” “needs work,” or
“average,” how important are they for the job you currently have?
What about for your dream job?
Written communication skills
Current Job:
Dream Job:
Verbal communication skills
Current Job:
Dream Job:
Public speaking skills
Current Job:
Dream Job:
Listening skills
Current Job:
Dream Job:
Reading skills
Current Job:
Dream Job:

Important
Important

Not Critical
Not Critical

Important
Important

Not Critical
Not Critical

Important
Important

Not Critical
Not Critical

Important
Important

Not Critical
Not Critical

Important
Important

Not Critical
Not Critical

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Computer literacy skills
Current Job:
Dream Job:
Time management skills
Current Job:
Dream Job:
Organizational skills
Current Job:
Dream Job:
Managerial/leadership skills
Current Job:
Dream Job:
Interpersonal skills
Current Job:
Dream Job:

Important
Important

Not Critical
Not Critical

Important
Important

Not Critical
Not Critical

Important
Important

Not Critical
Not Critical

Important
Important

Not Critical
Not Critical

Important
Important

Not Critical
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What can you do, starting today, to begin learning or improving
each of these skill areas? (For example: on the job training, night
classes, weekend classes, books on tape, videocassette courses,
online distance learning, reading training manuals, etc.)
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
If you were to apply for your ultimate dream job right now, what
reason(s) would the employer give for not hiring you? What skills,
experience, or education are you lacking?
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________


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