James Altucher is a successful hedge fund manager, entrepreneur, and author. But there was a point, he writes in his book "The Power of No," where he just felt "stuck." Many mornings he'd show up to work hours late and then fill his day with breaks and computer chess.
Part of the series Breaking Through Career Inertia Each year, I hear from hundreds of people who dream of building rewarding, successful careers that make them feel proud and alive. To their credit, they attempt to do a ton of self-development work – reading books, taking a workshop or two, watching inspiring TED Talks, but try as they might, they can’t seem to sustain progress on their own. As a result, they fall off the “career change wagon” (just as so many fail at their plans for exercise, weight loss, meditation, etc.).
In the past couple of months, security researchers have discovered huge numbers of hacked passwords for popular websites posted to the net, available for hackers to use and abuse. One of the things made obvious is how many people use the same, easy-to-guess passwords for their online activities, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter.
You need to feel that all the hard work you have put in is worth it and that there has been progress. When you get back home, eat dinner with your wife, and talk about your day, it can be quite demoralising if you fail to see farther than the short term horizon. In a Steve Jobs-esque fashion, you need to be able to look at several chapters in your life journey and connect the dots.
One of my very favorite books in life is Who Moved My Cheese, by Spencer Johnson, MD. It is a fantastic book for many reasons. 1. It’s easy to read because it has big print and it has pictures! 2. It’s about two mice and two men and let’s face it, who doesn’t love a story about mice? 3. It has one of the best messages about letting go of the past, getting over the things you cannot change, moving forward, and realizing that there is no reason to fear the unknown because the unknown may be better than anything you could have imagined!