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For me, the most powerful message is to get a good mentor.
Some time ago, John Gelmini and I had a long phone conversation about how to develop an effective mentoring business. We parked the idea because we sensed that people did not want to listen to the hard truths.
Let me give you an example. Earlier this year, I was asked by a distant relative to give his CV the ‘once over’. He’d been in a specialized job overseas for some years. His CV was full of buzz words, yet it give little hard evidence about his real achievements and competencies. I sent him off to study the linked in profiles of his competitors. We refined his profile but eventually he grew tired of my interventions and was in a hurry to get his CV out to market. I’ve not heard from him since and to the best of my knowledge, he’s still not made a career move.
The bottom line is learn to listen and take advice from the right people, experts and those whom you value their judgement.