Passion


I love my job but, like everyone, I have my ups and downs.  Especially as an entrepreneur who does not have in-house tech support.

I have had one helluva week, to be honest.  My beloved iPhone and MacBook were stolen while in New Orleans at a conference; we had some serious IT issues with our main computers back here in Portland; and for the first time in a long time I weighed myself at the gym two mornings ago and I realized I’ve put on 15 pounds in the last year.  I’m ready for a low-cal Friday happy hour with my pals Sean and Carolyn. 

But….just as I am coming off a bad week, I am going to end it on an inspirational HIGH note. 

I am so proud that Black Enterprise Magazine covered the story of our VocationVacations alumni, Charles Turner, and our phenomenal mentor, Mercedes Gonzalez, in their July issue.  BEM’s editor, Sonia Alleyne, nailed the spirit of VocationVacations and Brian Kurth + Company.  What she doesn’t realize is that her story raised MY spirit during an otherwise challenging week. 

Her writing exudes the passion behind not only those of us here at VocationVacations but also that of our mentors.  And, most importantly, vocationer alum Charles Turner exemplifies how one can make a serious career transition one step at a time.  For him, he is going from being a finance professional to becoming quite the successful SHOE DESIGNER

I hope you find this story as inspirationl as I do.  After reading it, my troubles of this past week simply slip away and I once again check into what’s most important in life:  Being happy in my homelife and worklife and helping others find the same balance. 

Please enjoy Sonia’s wonderful article:

http://www.blackenterprise.com/magazine/2009/07/01/a-perfect-fit

Cheers!
Brian

http://www.briankurth.com/

http://vocationvacations.com/

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Hey folks,

I was at the airport in Portland waiting to take a flight to Chicago this morning (now on a nice, 3-hour layover before heading on to Appleton, WI for my youngest niece’s high school graduation party) and I overheard a fellow complaining about how this economy is wreaking havoc on his life — due to a layoff from a certain large sports shoe and apparel company based in Portland.  The company has a reputation for providing dream jobs.  Cool setting.  The “campus” is almost like a resort complete with soccer fields and a swimming pool, etc.  Not a bad gig.  And people working there consider themselves not only lucky — but they’ve also worked very hard to get there.  But, for this fellow, that was gone.  Poof!

I’ve heard many stories like his lately.  But this was different.  This fellow was angry.  Really angry.  And, in my opinion, he feels a sense of entitlement for the type of job he once held at this prestigious, hip company.

So I began to think what advice I’d give him if he asked, or if I so rudely interrupted him (I didn’t but I was tempted).

Just like when Cher slapped Nicholas Cage in Moonstruck and told him to, “Snap out of it!”, my suggestion to this fellow would be to snap out of it!  But how?  I would suggest:

1.  Check your pride at the door.  Your external accomplishments are not who you are, so don’t evaluate or judge yourself

2.  Accept and embrace humility, and find the people in your life who care about the real you

3.  Own what and where you are now

4.  Define what a “Great Job” is by looking at your passions and interests as well as the things you loved and hated about your old job (cool company but there HAD to be some downsides somewhere) so you can start setting sights on what’s next.

Been laid off?  Worrying about a lay-off?  Or simply not satisfied in your current job?  Then snap out of it and do something about it!

Cheers,
Brian

www.briankurth.com

www.vocationvacations.com

I have to shout out to all the Oregon State Beavers who attended the wonderful alumni happy hour last night.  I had a wonderful time speaking about my 8 Steps to a Successful Career Transition!  Brittaney, I look forward to being in touch about your career transition from being a science teacher to becoming an entrepreneur.  Sonia, looking forward to hearing about how you plan to create your professional brand (Step #6).  Go for it, folks!

I’m also really excited to speak at the Big Ten Conference alumni (Badgers, Gophers, Spartans, etc) happy hour in NYC next Tuesday PM at the Met Bar on Lexington.  I will be covering the 8 Steps to a Successful Career Transition there as well.  If you’re a Big Ten alum (and even if you’re not, it’s OK to join!), please sign-up here!

Cheers!
Brian

www.briankurth.com

Holy Cow!

This almost sounds too good to be true….but my Career Informer, Yvonne, told me about this 6-month dream job at Murphy Goode Winery in Sonoma!  Want to share with you.  If you’re into wine and/or really good at social media networking, THIS is truly a dream job!

I need to let some of my career consulting clients know about this as well.  I know of several who are either laid off or stuck in a rut in their corporate job and this could be something they’d really go for (assuming they have the social media stuff “down” which I think a couple of them do!).  Competition’s going to be tough…but go for it!

Cheers!
Brian

www.briankurth.com

THE ULTIMATE 40-HOUR CAREER TRANSITION PLAN
NOT YOUR USUAL HAPPY HOUR
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Please join Will Wiebe and me for a special Happy Hour and presentation of “The Ultimate 40-Hour Career Transition Plan”.

Changing jobs is always a challenge, even in the best of times. In today’s job market and economic environment, you particularly don’t need rhetoric about career transitioning; you need an action plan that will get you moving in the right direction. Will and I will take you through a 40-hour step-by step plan that will help you:

  • Identify your ideal type of work
  • Research companies/organizations in that field
  • Find contacts within these companies/organizations
  • Communicate with these contacts as potential mentors
  • Secure three mentors in your field of interest

WHEN:

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

WHAT:

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Networking, Brief Presentation, Q&A and Socializing (no-host Happy Hour)

WHERE:

Aura
1022 W. Burnside (across the street from Powell’s)
Portland, Oregon – Click here for a map

Please RSVP below…and please ask your friends to attend and RSVP as well! The more the merrier….
http://vocationvacations.com/MessagePages/2009May-HappyHour.php

Hi Friends,

I will be moderating a FANTASTIC panel of experts who work in animal-related fields TONIGHT at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific.

The panel includes Dr. Jon Geller (who, in his 40’s went back to school to become a vet!  Dr. Jon now practices in Colorado), Judy Robin (Horse Boarder and Stable Owner in Kentucky), Debi Ropes (Dog Daycare Owner in Colorado) and Paula Vellozzi (Alpaca Rancher/Breeder in Oregon).

If you’re like many of my career consulting clients, you’ve perhaps always dreamed about working in a career that involves animals, but have never known HOW to get into the business.   This is the perfect (FREE!) teleclass for you….please feel free to also tell your friends!

Sign-Up and Receive the Call-In Number Here!

Cheers,
Brian

www.briankurth.com

Hi Portland Friends (and for those of you not in Portland, please check my “events” page so we can catch up in person when I’m in NYC, Chicago, LA, etc)!

Changing jobs is always a challenge, even in the best of times. In today’s job market and economic environment, you particularly don’t need rhetoric about career transitioning; you need an action plan that will get you moving in the right direction.

Join Career Coach Will Wiebe and me for a special Happy Hour and presentation of “The Ultimate 40-Hour Career Transition Plan”.

Will and I will take you through a 40-hour step-by step plan that will help you:

  • Identify your ideal type of work
  • Research companies/organizations in that field
  • Find contacts within these companies/organizations
  • Communicate with these contacts as potential mentors
  • Secure three mentors in your field of interest

WHEN:

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

WHAT:

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. – networking and socializing (no-host Happy Hour)
6:15 – 6:45 p.m. – Brian and Will present “The Ultimate 40-Hour Career Transition Plan” followed by a Q & A
6:45 – 7:30 p.m. – More fun, socializing and networking (no-host Happy Hour)

WHERE:

Aura
1022 W. Burnside (across the street from Powell’s)
Portland, Oregon – Click here for a map

Please RSVP Here!

Cheers!
Brian

www.briankurth.com

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