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Redeploying Your Talents

The current financial crisis is bringing to light a huge workplace shift. For many baby boomers, they only had one career or expected to have one career. The thinking of this generation was that upon getting your qualifications you had one career – working up the ranks often in the same company. Today, it is expected that the Gen Y’s will have 10 or more careers. They will job hop. Although, this may be more difficult to do in the current circumstances.

With the financial crisis many people of every generation are having to re-evaluate their career to survive. Some career paths will simply go. What happens to the talent? How do people change careers? For many the big issues will be financial by being locked into the “debt trap” and being faced with relocation.

The first step for re-evaluation is going to be mindset. People will have to look inwards to themselves and see how their talents can be redeployed. Coaching or mentoring may help because we all have blind-spots and will need a confidence boost from another person’s wisdom. The point is that many of us are capable of changing careers and still getting paid a reasonable income. The truly wealthy person is one who can confidently see that they have the potential for 2 or more careers. Of course, when there is financial pressure it is harder to see this because of the emotions that get triggered from panic. So, the key is to get people to take a step back and look at their talents which are the greatest source of their wealth.

As an example, I was talking with a friend of mine not long ago who is a leader in a bank. After some thought and discussions he has come to see that with his business knowledge and leadership experience he could successfully work in other companies. These other companies may not be in banking, but he can nevertheless redeploy his talents and make a great contribution. Even this week I have talked to 2 different groups of entrepreneurs about how they can re-examine their roles in their own businesses taking a similar approach. For some of them, it could positively change their business as they will get back in touch with their talents which are the real source of their productivity.

So, I really encourage you to look at your talents and see how by redeploying them you may find new opportunities. Be prepared to think creatively and beyond where you are now. A key part of this is not to let money be an immediate barrier. Look at the potential redeployment opportunities first. Then when you have your list, the economic denominator can be brought in as part of the decision-making process. The experience of doing this will be nothing short of liberating and powerful. You may even work in a job you are truly passionate about for the first time!!

Should You Be In The Business?

I have had some interesting discussions in the past week with financial advisors and managers of advisors. With the financial downturn everyone is evaluating where they are at. The big question being asked is: “Should you be in the business?”

My feeling is that over the next 1 to 3 years many current advisors will give up or be forced out. When you think there is research showing that 89% of clients are considering switching advisors there is much to think about. The financial services landscape is going to change dramatically. There is no easy street any more. Those totally committed to the industry with the right business model will prosper greatly if they stay with it.

So, getting directly to the point, whether you stay in depends on the answers to the following fundamental questions:

1. What are your talents and expertise?
2. What are you passionate about?
3. What is the vision for your life?
4. What is your purpose?
5. To what extent is money a primary driver of your decisions?

Financial down turns will always bring out what your true desires are. Everything in your life gets called into question particularly when your income goes down and there are angry clients to deal with (rightly or wrongly).

Taking a positive approach, this is a great opportunity to really discover what you love about being a financial advisor and re-create your niche. However, you are going to have to be very committed to work through the changes but it will be exciting and career/business changing.

Finding Meaning In Your Life

For a few years now there has been an increasing trend toward people taking steps to find greater meaning in their life. Gradually, more and more people are having the courage to do it and not just talk about it. This may involve turning their back on what is a well paid job and years of study and even moving from where they live. I even believe that this desire to find meaning will increase with turbulent financial times which could be quite dislocating for some. To survive emotionally and financially people will have to change their perspective on life and their relationship to money so that their meaning is not as much defined by how much they have.

I know for myself the Financial DNA business exists today because this is a major life transformation I made. I found my deep passion is to help people worldwide to become more financially empowered through greater self understanding of how they are wired. This was a big shift from the numbers world of accounting, tax and packaging investments for people. What I do know is that your quality of life in every dimension can increase well beyond where you are today if you take the plunge.

I would encourage everyone to discover who they are and what would provide the greatest meaning in your life. Do not die with regrets. Of course a fear is the financial consequences. Remember getting there is a building process and will not happen overnight. Putting a plan in place is the key to start with and thereafter you can manifest it step by step over a number of years.

Also, there is the fear of actually what am I passionate about? How do I discover that? There are processes for discovery which are both structured and more feelings based. We are helping many people around the world with discovering their passions as this is a core part of reaching a greater level of becoming more financially empowered. If you would like some inspiration click on the link to this USA Today article on 24 September 2008.

Being or Doing

I am meeting and communicating with an increasing number of people who are searching for more meaning in their life. Or put another way discovering their life purpose.

To be honest, a lot of what many people are doing is just searching. Life purpose discovery is difficult and in many ways a journey in its own right. However, the process of discovery does become easier if a process is followed and you have a way of thinking about it.

I recently read a great book on life purpose, and by chance today found out that Oprah is currently doing a series on it. The book is “A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose” by Eckhart Tolle.

The concept Tolle puts forward is that you firstly need to find your inner purpose – which in essence is your consciousness. The first step is to become more conscious of who you are and get into a state of Being. To a large degree this is being comfortable who you are at the core and going with the flow. Then once you have reached a higher degree of consciousness and your ego is no longer running your life then it is about finding your outer purpose – the awakened Doing. This is a lot more about what you do based on being awakened through a higher level of consciousness. Ultimately, both the Being and Doing have to be integrated and are closely related, but the Being comes before the Doing. The key point here is that the Doing will change during your life as your environments and passions change, and the core of YOU is your Being.

How do you find your awakened Doing? Tolle says there are 3 modalities: acceptance – what you willingly do now, enjoyment – what you enjoy doing from the aliveness that flows into it, enthusiasm – means there is deep enjoyment plus the added element of a goal or vision that you work toward. In whatever you are doing, you are able to enjoy Being. I really believe this is a great model to help you connect your inner self to your outer world. Much of the Financial DNA approach is centered around behavioral assessment tools to help guide people find where their inner zone is for their life and then once comfortable with that integrate their money and life decisions. Whilst our approach is to some mechanical it does connect you to your energy and help raise your consciousness. Those who are truly able to make committed decisions for their life and finances usually have found their inner zone. What I then see is clearer goals, and less decisions based on emotions and ego.

So, start working on how you can raise your consciousness.

What Are You Passionate About?

In recent weeks, I have had so many conversations with people where passion has come up in various ways. So, I thought it would be good to put some more energy into it by commenting on it in my blog. I even did a very interesting interview with one of our Wealth Mentor’s last week on how he had found his passion and what it has meant to his life over the past few years.

My approach in working with client’s has been to fairly early on in the conversation ask them: What are you passionate about? I have found this to be a very powerful question in finding out where their life is at and where they want to go. This is so important if you are helping someone set their goals and direction. I do not really believe you can do financial planning for a person without knowing their passion because it is so fundamental to their life. Having clarity of your passions regardless of what they are means you can make decisions with confidence and commitment. 

When you think about it, this question is very important regardless of what role you are playing in the person’s life. If you are a business consultant of any sort it is important. Or even if you are just a friend, coach or in some way have an interest in the person’s life the question will really open up a great discussion. 

Discussing passion will really help you get below the surface and connect with the person. You will build a fantastic bond and it is likely the memorability factor will be high. You may even change the person’s life because they will be liberated to reveal something that is core to their life which they had not been fully conscious of. This happened to me, and it set me on the path I am on now. 

So, think about bringing this question into every conversation. It may also bring you closer to your own passions.

What Are You Passionate About?

In recent weeks, I have had so many conversations with people where passion has come up in various ways. So, I thought it would be good to put some more energy into it by commenting on it in my blog. I even did a very interesting interview with one of our Wealth Mentor’s last week on how he had found his passion and what it has meant to his life over the past few years.

My approach in working with client’s has been to fairly early on in the conversation ask them: What are you passionate about? I have found this to be a very powerful question in finding out where their life is at and where they want to go. This is so important if you are helping someone set their goals and direction. I do not really believe you can do financial planning for a person without knowing their passion because it is so fundamental to their life. Having clarity of your passions regardless of what they are means you can make decisions with confidence and commitment.

When you think about it, this question is very important regardless of what role you are playing in the person’s life. If you are a business consultant of any sort it is important. Or even if you are just a friend, coach or in some way have an interest in the person’s life the question will really open up a great discussion.

Discussing passion will really help you get below the surface and connect with the person. You will build a fantastic bond and it is likely the memorability factor will be high. You may even change the person’s life because they will be liberated to reveal something that is core to their life which they had not been fully conscious of. This happened to me, and it set me on the path I am on now.

So, think about bringing this question into every conversation. It may also bring you closer to your own passions.