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The Secret to Living an Amazing Career as an Engineer

Young engineers worried about getting ahead in their careers and also about how to be happy with their work sometimes come to me for career coaching.  I help them discover personal values that allow them to “get ahead” in their careers based upon whatever that means to them personally.  

Today there is much debate between advocates of “Follow your bliss”  and the old school economic wisdom of “Do what you must with fortitude.”  The former sounds good but rarely works out,  That is because it is the unconscious product of reviewing one’s career from after the fact.  

When Campbell said “Follow your bliss,” he was speaking from the end of his career where the points string together into a meaningful narrative.  Fortunately for him, it worked out great, perhaps even better than can be expected.  

Most people resign themselves to doing what they must to get by.  They have lots obligations in life to kids and family and such so they work from obligation.  They work to live rather than living to work because they can’t see how to make the situation come around for them in the way that they want.  

But there is the problem.  Do you see it?  They don’t realize that happiness is not ever out there.  I think it was the Beatles that once said, “The kingdom of heaven is within, not out there.”  Or was that Edwards Deming?   

The secret is not so much to follow your bliss.  Nor is it to do what you “ought to do” either.  In fact, generally you ought not do a thing just because you ought to.  Do you see?  

From my experience, the secret is to choose to put yourself under the authority of something greater than yourself, doing something you recognized to be meaningful.  Could be a cause, could be a company, a mission, a department.  It really doesn’t matter so long as you see how it makes a meaningful difference in the world.  

Something to which you can feel proud to belong.

Then choose in each moment to love whatever you are doing.  Choose to give your best. Choose to be of service to this meaningful cause.  Choose to love even what you don’t like.  Choose to surrender you own will, for the will of that greater cause.

This “choosing” is a lot harder than it sounds.  You will have to develop your character if you are going to keep to this program and not let it slip.  But what are you doing with your life that is worthwhile anyway?

Finally, quit choosing and consent instead.  Consent to that which is greater than you to which you belong.  Find your meaning there.  It was always there waiting for you, but you didn’t yet know how to see it.

Then when you look back from the end of your career the dots will connect into that happy story of how you lived your career from values you found meaningful.  

May we each make our lives and our work meaningful.  

If you want to explore these ideas further, drop me a line.  KeithFail@TechLeadershipSkills.com or join me on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/KeithFailConsultingForTechnologyProfessionals
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"Finally getting my mojo back baby!"  Working on reconnecting with all of those who I haven't heard from or was too much in the blue funk to connect with this past year.  Thanks for your friendships, my peeps.
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Never heard of this place Keith. Glad to see what living stone means. Where is it? 
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Centering. Visualizing, Accepting, Releasing.

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+Meri Walker I so much enjoy your mind. Thanks for challenging me. Not many people do that - proving your point about the desire for simplistic answers.
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Wish you were close enough for a hug and a cup of coffee, Keith!
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Three surgeons are discussing who makes the best patients to operate on, the first surgeon said, "Electricians are the best, everything inside is color coded." the second surgeon says, "No, I think librarians are, everything inside them is in alphabetical order" the third surgeon shut them up when he said: "You're all wrong, politicians are the easiest to operate on, there's no guts, no heart, no balls, no brains, and no spine, plus the head and the ass are interchangeable!
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I heard a quip the other day that was so good I was surprised I'd never heard it before:

"I'm sure by now you all know the origin of the word 'politician.' For those who haven't, it from the Latin: 'poly' meaning many, and 'tics' meaning blood-sucking parasites."
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Been working on the most amazing project.  Wouldn't it be cool if this patent changed the world?  I am sincerely excited. But I can't tell any body until it is filed. Soon. 
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Why are you doing so much work to make the client remember their pain.  Of course she still has all the emotions and pain; you just spent 2 mins getting her to practice the pain.  It is not useful to rehearse the pain.  Let it go when it comes up, but don't rehearse it just so you can let it go.  If it is not a problem don't fix it.  Your skills are good, but I am concerned about your ethics.

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Corporations want what is best for themselves without consideration for what is best for individuals. This is their right to have such a desire, but I am an individualist humanist. If you like me think that the internet is a common resource that should remain for the benefit of individuals please consider this issue for yourself and please consider signing this petition. - Keith
Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.. Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Sena...
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What if the Democratic media worked like FOX news?:

"I've heard some people are wondering whether Governor Rick Perry is a fire bug. Surely is it is not possible he started the fires in Texas so that he would have a reason to look heroic. Although he clearly loves the role of crisis commander in chief. In fact, wasn't he out of the Texas Governor's mansion when someone throw a fire bomb at its front door. How do we know he didn't do it himself or have someone do it so that he could make the opposition look like crazy nuts."

Since Perry took office in 2001, four hurricanes have made direct landfall in Texas. Another, Rita, came by way of Louisiana and caused more than $11 billion in damage. And then there was Katrina, which plowed into New Orleans in August 2005 and pushed hundreds of thousands of evacuees into the arms of Texas. And now a drought of Biblical proportions is in full swing here in Texas and 50 wild fires are raging across the state burning down thousands of houses. I'm not sure the Country can afford to have him the White House.

TONIGHT on Bill Moyers: Democratic Senators call for investigation into Perry's Arson Record
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I can't remember the name of the organization, but there is a conservative think tank which uses cognitive linguistics methods to statistically test the impact of various kind of framing and labels on public opinion. They develop a set of frames to serve as talking points, and these are distributed as a package to all party leadership, Republican members of congress, talking heads, any Republican who's words could end up in the mass media.

If you watch FOX News and read conservative publications, you'll notice that everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY, starts spreading the same new frames almost instantly. It's not water-cooler talk. It's orchestrated.
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My greatest joy in life is helping professionals grow their success in life and career.  I an a professional modeller, which means I can help you take apart the details that make an exemplar great at whatever they do and build a training that teaches that excellence to yourself or other people.  I also teach Authentic Public Speaking, NLP, Hypnotic Language Skills for Management and Influence, as well as Project Management skills.  If you are interested any any of these topics, I would love to get to know you better.  Give me a ring.  512-507-5464

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