Are You Clicking On Or Creating Your Future?

An interesting observation about the “employment industry” is that the least talked about type of employment is self-employment. There is endless media coverage on high unemployment rates, the slowly recovering economy, and lack of viable employment, but almost zero TV coverage on the recent rise of self-employment since economic recession.

While the recession caused massive layoffs, it also freed individuals to finally pursue their passion. Some people were just sick and tired of applying for job, after job, after job with little to show after hours of submitting applications. They simple channeled that frustration and desperation into good, old-fashioned American ingenuity. Some people just stopped clicking apply and started creating! People finally had more time on their hands and more space in their mind to think about how they could truly make a difference in their communities, or for some, the world.

This effect according to study done at University of Missouri is known as “Necessity Entrepreneurship.” I find this type entrepreneurial spirit absolutely inspiring because it shows the resiliency, character, and creativity we have as humans. It may seem intimidating or overwhelming at first, but if you really are tired of clicking on “apply here” than tap into your other skills and talents to work for yourself!

Job Creation

As the Founder & CEO of an online staffing company it may seem contradictory to be promoting self-employment, but almost all entrepreneurs worked for someone at some point in their life. Prior to starting my own company I had worked for and learned from others since I was about 15 years old. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today if it were not for the education, training, and communication skills I received from all of the places I had worked. One experience builds on another; it’s all part of the journey.

I see so many individuals who have been out of work for over 12 months. It could be sign to start a new path on your career journey! There is a bit of a myth about self-employment, that you have to be the most educated, tech savvy, or financially stable. However, given the rise of self-employment in the harshest economic climate since the Great Depression it’s safe to say that ANYONE has the ability to triumph over circumstance and CREATE their own destiny! What are you waiting for?


Mindfully Removing the Roadblocks Along the Path to Success

This article was originally written for Good News Magazine.

Things always move much faster in my head than they do in real life, especially when working out the details of my startup company. I find myself often praying or in meditation to slow down my mind and remind myself that this is truly a journey not a race. Despite the hiccups, external circumstances, and eccentric working hours, I feel the battle starts and ends in my mind.

Take last week for example; I was second-guessing the concept for my marketing video. The inspiration for my company began over a year ago, and I have spent months mulling over every feature of my website. The video is the first tangible representation of the concept in my head; therefore it had to be just perfect. Entrepreneurs have a strong affinity for the things we create, but sometimes once our creation is passed into the hands of others or is finally released to the public we have a brief moment of doubt. We are haunted by questions such as “will this work?” or “will people like it?” As these thoughts flooded my mind when I saw the video for the first time I almost got to the point of scrapping the idea all together! After my miniature panic attack I realized my reason for doubt was because I had placed such high expectations on the video.

I recalled an article that talked about the psychological stresses most entrepreneurs face in the early stages of building their company. It takes a strong mental ability and courage to KEEP GOING past the obstacles created by the mind. It requires daily renewing to continue to press forward. Once I had a moment of reflection on that article I immediately begin to meditate to silence my worry and doubts.

The most effective way to remove roadblocks is to begin to become aware of when you’re approaching them. When you feel them on your radar, step back from whatever it is you’re doing and pause. Breathe. Ask yourself, what exactly is causing me to feel this way? By taking immediate action you’ll be better able to avoid the hazards of self-doubt and negativity. Giving yourself a little pep talk helps too!

Once I felt mentally focused again I revisited the task of editing the video and did exactly the opposite of what my mind was trying to tell me not to do. I let other people see and emailed out the unedited version and welcomed the critics. Then I walked away from my computer, went to lunch, and allowed my mind to relax while everyone replied back. Later that evening I read the reviews and was extremely excited about all the positive feedback and constructive criticism. I gathered everyone’s opinions and sent it off to the producers for the final production.

The biggest obstacles are not things that exist in the world or our circumstances; they’re not a lack of resources, or even errors we make. The biggest obstacles are most often our own thoughts, self-doubt, and negativity. We allow ourselves to stand in our own way. The roadblocks to success truly begin and end in the mind.

I’m reminded of a quote by Marianne Williamson, “our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us.”

Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right

Tamar Lucien is the CEO and Founder of CanUStart2Day, a revolutionary staffing movement that combines the concept of traditional job boards and recruiting techniques into one online cloud-based technology. Connect with Tamar on LinkedIn or follow her journey on Facebook and Twitter @CanUStart2Day.

Job Seeker 101: How Important Is Attitude?

These days there is an abundance of technical information on the internet about how to find a job, conduct yourself during an interview, write a resume, network, dress etiquette, etc. However, there is not much information about mental preparation or attitude.

In 2003 the average length of time for a job seeker to find employment was 0 to 3 months. Today that has increased to 12 months or more!  I hear extreme frustration and desperation as I interview candidates and listen to friends who are seeking employment. Many candidates are feeling more and more defeated in today’s job market, especially with the current unemployment rates are averaging a little over 7% nationwide.

Maintaining a positive attitude has become harder and far more critical to a job seekers success.  Everything starts with a positive attitude, even before dressing professionally, writing a resume, preparing for an interview, or even accepting a job.

Your attitude is like a price tag, it shows how valuable you are

I recall the audio book on Yes! Attitude by Jeffrey Gitomer where he explains that attitude is not taught. Unfortunately there are no programs or classes that teach positive attitude.  To learn about attitude one must research through books, tapes, and seminars. Positive thoughts and actions have to be part of one’s daily practice.  You may be thinking, “my attitude is fine” or “it is not that important” but according to Jeffrey Gitomer, “Attitude is EVERYTHING and the foundation for success.”

Still don’t believe that your attitude can make or break you?  As a professional recruiter and hiring manger I can tell you I am 95% more likely to hire the person who is 75% a good fit for a job and has a positive attitude versus the person who is 100% a good fit for the job but has a negative attitude. Attitude makes that much of a difference!