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Start a PDP

A great way to jumpstart momentum and growth is to create a PDP for yourself, or a Professional Development Project.

A PDP means setting a frame, like 7 days or 30 days, then committing to a daily habit to build a project.

Maybe you’re going into Customer Service, you so you commit to read the top 3 books on Customer Service in one month. Then write Amazon reviews about them.

Maybe you’re looking to learn a tech tool to showcase your skills, so you take a Udemy course every day for 14 days, and write a short blog post about it (here’s what I did learning Salesforce).

Or our favorite, maybe you do a 30 day blogging challenge.

Whatever it is, choose it, start it, and finish it. It will catalyze your growth and build your portfolio.

How to Close the Job Interview

Most people give it their best shot in the interview, then wait and hope they’ll get picked.

Ambitious people land the job offer by making a pitch too good to ignore.

Ryan Holiday explains this technique in his 9 minute post, Here’s The Technique That Ambitious People Use To Get What They Want.

“the best job applicants….reveal how much research they have done prior to showing up, by explaining all the things they’ve learned about the business, how they intend to improve it and exactly why they’re the right person for the job. This move, done politely but confidently, immediately separates them from all the other potential hires.”

Ramit Sehti also dubbed this “The Briefcase Technique.” He demonstrates in this in this 6 minute video.

Quote of the Day

“Make sure you know what makes you happy, and don’t forget it.”

― Derek Sivers