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Mindset for Success

Go-getter vs. Go-giver
Being a go-getter is generally thought of as a great thing. But what about thinking of yourself as a go-giver?

  • Write handwritten thank you notes
  • Buy lunch for an employee at a company
  • Make a project for a company and give it to them

Choose a mindset of abundance and win-win.

Send a Second Pitch
Let’s say you landed an interview after you emailed a video pitch. Don’t let up. After the interview, you could send a follow up that includes a second pitch, sharing how you’re even more pumped for the role.

Keep persisting, you WILL get a job.

Quote of the Week

“It’s not in the dreaming, it’s in the doing.”
— Mark Cuban

Deathbed Self

“I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

This is one of the Top Five Regrets of the Dying, as outlined by Bronnie Ware, who worked in hospice with people on their deathbeds, for 30 years.

The question becomes, are you gonna to have this regret on your own deathbed?

It may seem morbid, but habitually thinking about your own mortality is about the best mindset wisdom out there:

What do you want your tombstone to say?
What does your 89-year-old Self want to you to do right now?
Will you live a life true to yourself?

Steve Jobs maybe said it best in his speech, How to live before you die:

“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.”

Now, let’s bring it back to your career and professional life.

How are you going to spend your waking hours?

Are you just going to get any old job, to pay the bills?

There’s nothing WRONG with that. But the question is simply, are you conscious, are you sure you’re not holding back from something better? Are you sure you won’t regret it 40 or 50 years from now?

If you let yourself truly Stay Hungry and Stay Foolish, and aim to discover and do what makes you come alive, you can get there.

If you expect the best, you often get it.

Permit yourself to even begin thinking, feeling, and daydreaming about the life and career that is truest for you.

Then, bring it back to the next step. You don’t need to find your perfect job right away, but can you move a little closer to it?

What company do you want to pitch that is interesting to you, that has a mission that tickles your sense of aliveness, meaning, purpose, and giddiness?

Go deep, and pitch that company with something too good to ignore.

Don’t tell yourself, “you’re not qualified.” You are, if you have enthusiasm, growth mindset, and conviction.

Go for it.

Do it.

Live regret-free.

and the DJH team