Don't Be A Chimpanzee

Don't Be A Chimpanzee

Find Your Tribe and Thrive

Joel Bein
Joel Bein

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Mindset for Success


3 Mindsets to Avoid.
Most people suffer from one or more of these mindsets:

  • Permission mindset: you don't act until some external authority says it's okay.
  • Preparation mindset: you don't act until you feel 100% prepared.
  • Perfection mindset: you don't act until the thing you're working on is perfect.

These mindsets are stifling your growth. You'll never be 100% prepared, you'll never reach the stage where your product can't be improved upon, and you don't need other people's permission to take action. So quit stalling, give yourself permission, and take that next step!


Go from Waiting to Creating.
Most people spend the majority of their job hunt waiting. They submitted their resume, and now they're sitting by the phone, waiting to hear if they'll get an interview or a job offer.

Don't do this.

First of all, make sure you follow up every 48 hours to stay top of mind.

And second, don't sit still in between either. Create! Create some content the company can share on social media, like a graphic or a blog post. Or create a 30 day action plan for what you’ll do once you get the job.

Show them what it's like to work with you, namely that you can't and won't wait to take action!



Quote of the Week


"A year from now you will wish you had started today."
— Karen Lamb


How Not To Be A Chimpanzee — Find Your Tribe.


We’re all about you as an individual, here at Crash.

Making you feel in control of your own life and career is a big part of our mission, and why we get out of bed in the morning. All the tools we make, and all the content we create is designed to make you realize you’re not just another brick in the wall. You are not just a cog in a machine with zero control over your own destiny.

You’re individually alive.

You are your own person, and you have the power to affect meaningful change in your own life.

So in that sense, today’s title might seem a little out of character for us.

Tribe?
What do you mean tribe?

Are we going to lecture you about the world being too individualistic, and that selfish you should do what's best for the group, for a change — a sentiment that’s very much in vogue, nowadays?

Not at all.

We want you to be an individual and we want you in control of your own destiny. But that doesn’t mean that you always have to do everything alone!

After all, you’re human. And humans are social animals. We live and thrive in groups, because it allows us to share and cooperate, helping us to reach further than we could ever have by ourselves.

That’s what we’re uniquely good at.

In fact, it’s one of the main things that separates us from other primates.

Take chimpanzees, for example. According to researchers, it’s inconceivable that you would ever see two chimpanzees do so much as carry a log together. They just don’t cooperate like that.

Ever.

In contrast, human beings usually figure out how to cooperate by the age of four. And not just out of a sense of moral obligation; like society just told us that we should, or something. We just realize that we can do better for ourselves if we do.

It’s 1 + 1 = 3
Self-interested cooperation.

And you know what’s funny? This truth that you figured out when you were four years old doesn’t suddenly stop being true when you’re on the job hunt.

Quite the contrary.

Most people insist on doing the entire job hunt alone. Worse, if they do know someone else who’s in the same situation, they tend to view that person as competition.

This is a great way to get isolated.

Instead, you should be doing the opposite. You should find a tribe of people like yourself and see how you can help each other out.

Share contacts and opportunities.
Give feedback and advice.
Offer some emotional support.

The good news is, if you follow and read this newsletter, or listen to the podcast, you’re already in a group like that, with a shared mission.

After all, DJH followers are a group of people who have decided that going through the motions, doing what everyone else is doing, is not enough. They’re people who want to level up in the way they approach their jobs and lives. They want to be better, reach further, and get higher. They want to be alive.

So the community you need is right here in front of you.
All you have to do is get in touch.

Email us back (just hit ‘reply’)
Join our Slack Community outright
Hit us up on our social channels.

Whatever questions you have, and however you want to reach out, we're right here.

So, don’t be a chimp.

Act like a human, and join the tribe.

Corné
and the DJH team

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Joel Bein

Joel Bein is CEO at Career Hackers and passionate about personal growth and self-driven learning. As a classically trained musician, he is Founder of the New Orleans Chamber Players.