Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Bloomberg's Advice: Like What You Do;You'll Do More of It and Be More Successful

If you think you’ve been getting more “out of office” replies than usual, you’re not alone. With August becoming the new September in this hypercompetitive world, vacation season is already upon us in June. So, now is the time to dig in and stay focused, even when it seems everyone else you depend on is just “mailing it in” from their beach house, pool deck or lakeside cabin.

As many of you have probably learned intuitively, you’re going to gravitate to things you like to do in order to make a living. And if you can make a good living doing things you like to do, then you’re going to work harder to get better at those skills.

You didn’t just fall into your occupation

It’s not by accident that you became a top notch financial advisor, attorney or insurance professional. There’s something about the intellectual challenge of these demanding occupations, and the ability to help people, that you find infinitely fascinating and rewarding. It what drives you to put up with the long hours, constant pressure and demanding clients you serve.

Obviously the money’s great, but according to Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of NYC and billionaire founder of Bloomberg, LP: “If you like what you do, you’re going to do more of it and the more you do of it, the more successful you’re going to be—and that give you more reason to like it.” Bloomberg shared these pearls of obvious wisdom last week on a Bloomberg West TV interview with fellow panelist Lloyd Blankfien, CEO of Goldman Sachs. 

Sounds simple enough. And if you dislike something, the process works exactly in reverse said Bloomberg , as “you spiral downward” becoming less successful, the more you do things you don’t like.

So if you feel like you’re stuck in a dead end job or a stagnant practice then you have no one to blame but yourself implied Bloomberg, reminding viewers that we still live in one of the most open, most entrepreneurial societies in the world where everyone has a chance to control their own destiny.


Have a great week. Stay focused. But don’t, forget to take a walk or get some exercise every day no matter how many things you have on your plate. It’ll be waiting for you when you get back and you’ll have more patience and energy to tackle it. That’s a far better approach than grinding it out and mailing it in.

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