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10 Life Lessons from Basic SEAL Training from Admiral William H. McRaven

By Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.

 

University of Texas at Austin 2014 Commencement Address – Admiral William H. McRaven

Watch his speech above or directly on YouTube, https://youtu.be/pxBQLFLei70

An inspiring and powerful 20-minute commencement speech by Naval Admiral William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, at the University-wide Commencement at The University of Texas at Austin on May 17, 2014.

Admiral McRaven’s commencement speech is perhaps one of the best commencement speeches I have ever heard. It is on point and offers some fantastic life and business lessons.

Below are excerpts from his amazing speech.

10 Life Lessons from Basic SEAL Training

1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
“If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.”

2. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.
“You can’t change the world alone—you will need some help— and to truly get from your starting point to your destination takes friends, colleagues, the good will of strangers and a strong coxswain to guide them.”

3. If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.
“SEAL training was a great equalizer. Nothing mattered but your will to succeed. Not your color, not your ethnic background, not your education and not your social status.”

4. If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.
“Sometimes no matter how well you prepare or how well you perform you still end up as a sugar cookie.”

“For failing the uniform inspection, the student [in Basic SEAL training] had to run, fully clothed into the surfzone and then, wet from head to toe, roll around on the beach until every part of your body was covered with sand. The effect was known as a ‘sugar cookie.’ You stayed in that uniform the rest of the day — cold, wet and sandy.”

“There were many a student who just couldn’t accept the fact that all their effort was in vain. . . Those students didn’t understand the purpose of the drill. You were never going to succeed. You were never going to have a perfect uniform.”

5. If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.
“Every day during training you were challenged with multiple physical events — long runs, long swims, obstacle courses, hours of calisthenics — something designed to test your mettle. Every event had standards — times you had to meet. If you failed to meet those standards your name was posted on a list, and at the end of the day those on the list were invited to a ‘circus.’ A circus was two hours of additional calisthenics designed to wear you down, to break your spirit, to force you to quit.”

“Life is filled with circuses. You will fail. You will likely fail often. It will be painful. It will be discouraging. At times it will test you to your very core.”

6. If you want to change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first.

7. If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.
“There are a lot of sharks in the world. If you hope to complete the swim you will have to deal with them.”

8. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.
“At the darkest moment of the mission is the time when you must be calm, composed—when all your tactical skills, your physical power and all your inner strength must be brought to bear.”

9. If you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.
“If I have learned anything in my time traveling the world, it is the power of hope. The power of one person—Washington, Lincoln, King, Mandela and even a young girl from Pakistan, Malala—one person can change the world by giving people hope.”

10. If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell.
“In SEAL training there is a bell. A brass bell that hangs in the center of the compound for all the students to see. All you have to do to quit—is ring the bell. Ring the bell and you no longer have to wake up at 5 o’clock. Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the freezing cold swims. Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the runs, the obstacle course, the PT—and you no longer have to endure the hardships of training. Just ring the bell. If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell.”

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“Start each day with a task completed. Find someone to help you through life. Respect everyone. Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often. But if you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up — if you do these things, then the next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today.”

“It matters not your gender, your ethnic or religious background, your orientation, or your social status. Our struggles in this world are similar and the lessons to overcome those struggles and to move forward—changing ourselves and the world around us—will apply equally to all.”

“Changing the world can happen anywhere and anyone can do it.”

Written By: Steve Nguyen, Ph.D.
Leadership Advisor & Talent Development Consultant

Link

University of Texas at Austin – Adm. McRaven Urges Graduates to Find Courage to Change the World   https://news.utexas.edu/2014/05/16/mcraven-urges-graduates-to-find-courage-to-change-the-world

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The Benefits of a VIDEO Job Board for Search

When searching for a candidate, companies generally use one of two venues, either a recruiter or a job board.

The Recruiter

If the Employer is looking for a specialized individual in a specific field or if he doesn’t have the time, the Employer will probably use a recruiter. However, his pockets better be deep, as recruiters will charge anywhere from 15% to 30% of the candidate’s gross annual income. The percentage that the recruiter charges depends on each individual recruiter’s fee schedule.

The Job Board

If the Employer has the time to search for the candidate himself and wants to keep the cost of the search low, then the Employer will use a job board and perform the search himself. The costs of posting a job(s) and/or searching resumes vary from job board to job board, but these costs are without a doubt much more economical than the use of recruiters.

The VIDEO Job Board   This is a link to an actual candidate, and his video!

Ideally, the best solution in finding a candidate would be a job board that didn’t cost anything for either Employers or Candidates. Even better still would be a ‘no cost’ job board with Videos where the Employer could see the personality, presence, and qualities of each individual needed for a specific career requirement, something that paper resumes alone can’t do. This ideal solution is “CareerFlick”.

“CareerFlick” is a Worldwide Video Resume Jobsite that is FREE for all Employers and all Job Seekers.  This Job Board/Jobsite lets Employers post ‘unlimited’ jobs and view ‘unlimited’ Video Resumes of Job Seekers for FREE with NO time constraints and NO recruiting fees. Job Seekers can upload their own Video Resume or have a staff member of CareerFlick help them create it for FREE. Like Kijiji and Facebook, CareerFlick earns its revenue from advertisers.

Video Resumes are a thing of the future, but are here now. The use of Video Resumes is a valuable time-saving asset for BOTH Job Seekers and Employers by allowing Employers the opportunity of pre-screening candidates. Video Resumes help Employers see the “real” candidates in order to effectively select the very best candidates for a more extensive and formal ‘in-person’ interview. In short, Video Resumes save time and money for BOTH Employers and Job Seekers.

The Choice

In summary, if the Employer wants to save HIS time and can afford it, he should use a recruiter. If the Employer wants to save ‘time’ AND ‘money’, he should use a job board/job site, ideally one that is FREE and has Videos, such as “CareerFlick”.


 

 

“CareerFlick” IS A WORLDWIDE VIDEO RESUME JOBSITE THAT IS FREE FOR ALL EMPLOYERS & ALL JOB SEEKERS.

“CareerFlick” lets Employers post ‘UNLIMITED’ jobs and view ‘UNLIMITED’ VIDEO RESUMES of Job Seekers for FREE with NO time constraints and NO recruiting fees…totally FREE!

“CareerFlick” has Job Seekers from all around the World and EVERY Job Seeker has a personal VIDEO RESUME. Job Seekers can upload their own VIDEO RESUME or have us help them create it for FREE!

 

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Owning the Long Commute

The volatile economy has forced more and more Americans to go where the work is instead of seeking jobs in their own hometowns. Long range commutes are no longer uncommon. Though everyone’s got to do what they can to survive it does put a strain on families when one parent is coming and going on a regular basis. Plus it isn’t too easy on the traveler, either. But here are a few simple ways to help ease the pangs of separation and travel.

Stay Connected

Thanks to technology there are plenty of ways to stay in the loop with each other. In addition to phone calls and texts don’t forget to set up specific times for video chatting with your family. If you have a young child maybe you can even be part of the bedtime rituals even if you’re across the country.

Also note that while traveling it’s easy to lose track of the days so be careful not to miss out on any important dates like birthdays and anniversaries. If you can’t be there in person still make a concentrated effort to have a presence by sending flowers or gifts and making phone calls no matter what the time difference. Keep communication open with family members and be as consistent and present as you possibly can.

Maintain Continuity

If your work takes you to many destinations in a short amount of time it is very easy to feel disconnected and confused. So wherever you are create some sense of ritual and continuity with photos, candles, a robe and slippers… any touches of home that your eyes can light on upon waking and going to sleep will have a stabilizing effect. There’s a reason high-end touring musicians have specific demands for dressing room continuity – not all requests are to be outlandish, some are to give a sense of home.

Make Use of Drive Times

If you’re driving long distances you’ve got ample time to listen to podcasts, language lessons or recorded books. And if you’ve got a hands-free arrangement you can tackle long talks as well. Just be careful that the stories you listen to aren’t snoozers that will make you sleepy.

And of course music was made for the road so don’t forget to create some spectacular playlists for your highways excursions. Feeling tired? Pump up the volume and rock!

Be Engaged When Home

If you’re away for long stretches at a time it can be difficult to fold yourself back into the daily routine back at home. It can be difficult for your family, too. If possible, try to talk about what you all need from one another, even if it’s just a few hours extra sleep or the chance to lounge by the pool for one quiet day. But as soon as you can start being engaged with the daily household events again. It would be easy to be too tired to attend band recitals or soccer games but these are times you can’t get back so be sure to make the most of them while you have them and to enjoy.

Long haul commutes aren’t easy but there are ways like these that can help smooth out the rough edges – giving you the chance to make the most of your time while away and when home again.

Written by Emily Rankin. Are you insured for those long drives? www.carinsurance.org.uk

 

Top 5 Highest Paying Professions 2012

Many people think that to earn enormous amounts of money one needs to be a super star. An actor, a rock star or even a business mogul that created an innovative and life changing product. It is good to note that in this article, where we list the top 5 highest paying jobs, none of these professions are listed. We will evaluate these professions and take a look at what the general salary is and what exactly it is they are. It is also good to note that the highest paying professions from 2010 have not changed to 2012 explaining a somewhat sustainable career path.

The top 5 highest paying professions in the world

5.  Dentist

The highest salary of a dentist can be up to $132,660. Although this, one of the highest paying health professions has had a negative stigma attached to it for being incredibly boring, it seems that with a pay check as high as this, it should ease the boredom somewhat. The studying time to become a dentist is about 8 years and it entails receiving a bachelor’s degree and then being accepted into dentistry school. You are able to further specialize into different field of dentistry and many dentists opt to have a private general practice.

4.  Airline pilot

This is one highest paying profession that inspires awe from both small children dreaming big and adults alike. The highest salary can be up to $134,090. It is an incredibly responsible job as you have an entire plane full of lives in your hands. Pilots need to be very focused and be highly knowledgeable about aviation. The stresses are evident and that may also add to the high pay check. The studying time of a pilot can be between 5 to 10 years depending on what airplane you would like to fly and if you would like to become a pilot. There is also much flying time needed before you can take on becoming a commercial pilot.

3.  Engineering manager

Engineering managers are mostly involved in determining technical or scientific goals and are sometimes involved in the financial aspect of a project. An engineering manager, someone who one of the highest has paid professions, can get a salary of up to $140,210. The studying process is quite a long one and can be between 6 to 7 years. One will have to complete a bachelor’s degree and then further specialize in an MBA, a Master of Science or a doctorate.

2.  CEO

This has not come as a shock as one of the highest paid professions. To be a CEO (chief executive officer) holds much responsibility. They are the highest ranking person within a company and oversee the company as a whole with the board of directors. The highest salary a CEO can acquire is around $140,880. Although there is no set degree to become a CEO, knowledge on business and entrepreneurship is key.

1.  Surgeon

This is the highest paid medical profession. An acclaimed surgeon can make up to $181,850. There are many different fields a surgeon can practice in but all of these avenues take up to 10 to 15 years of training and studying. The road is long but in the end it is worth it and not only would you have the honor of receiving the title win of the highest paid professions but it is a well respected career.

Jemma Scott is an avid writer of topical news from around the world and different careers.

Her interest stems from her experience working in serviced offices Edinburgh and serviced offices Leicester.

 

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Great Communicators Get the Health-Care Jobs, Promotions, Experts Say

2 Specialists Share Tips for Getting Your Message Across

There’s a bright spot in the U.S. employment picture: the health-care industry.

Health-care employers added 17,000 jobs in November, and they’ve been adding an average 27,000 jobs a month since December 2010, according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

That’s the good news. The bad news is nearly 10,000 health-care workers have lost jobs since August; there were 136 mass layoffs in that time period.

“Finding work in health-care is definitely getting easier, but the stiff competition means you’ll need more than credentials to land those jobs,” says Stephanie Roberson Barnard, a communications consultant who specializes in training medical professionals to speak and write clearly and effectively.

“Check any online job-hunting Web site for science, technical, pharmaceutical, biotech and medical jobs and you’ll find one common requirement: ‘excellent communication skills,’” she and co-author Deborah St. James write in their new book, Listen. Write. Present: The Elements for Communicating Science and Technology (Yale University Press; 2012), www.ListenWritePresent.com.

Unfortunately, the science-rich education required for health-care professionals leaves little room for learning how to craft a message for a particular audience, be it an email or a PowerPoint presentation. And that’s essential not only for getting jobs, but for keeping them and winning promotions, Barnard says.

She and St. James, deputy director of publications and communications for a North Carolina biotech company, offer these tips for getting your message across:

• Plan: Take time to get to know your clients, colleagues and co-workers. Establish rapport and cultivate a collaborative relationship by finding out about others’ interests (check out the pictures in their offices for clues) and inquiring about them. If you have never been to their offices, look them up on Google or their company’s Web site. Always keep your personal conversations light and professional.

• Listen: Smile, nod, and acknowledge the speaker – and mean it. Really focus on what the person is saying and not just on the words. Truly effective communication requires your full attention. It’s better to spend a few minutes concentrating on the other person’s message during a conversation than wasting time trying to remember what he or she said because you were trying to do something else. It’s okay to write or type notes as long as you ask permission first.

• Present: Practice. Practice. Practice. Need we say more? Of all the tips we offer, practicing is perhaps the most important one. People in our audiences often suggest that it’s possible to over practice. They claim that too much practicing makes a talk appear staged. We have found that the “stiff” presenters are the ones who haven’t practiced. They’re so busy trying to remember what they’re going to say, they can’t tune into the audience or deviate from their slides. In contrast, the speakers who have mastered their content seem to glide about the room, exuding just the right amount of enthusiasm.

• Meet: Respect people’s time by presenting materials simply. The biggest complaint people have about meetings is that they last too long. For this reason, presenting your ideas in a simple, concise fashion will give you the advantage of appearing focused and prepared. Remember, never compromise content for simplicity.

• Serve: Be kind to others. It costs nothing and requires no skill. Your kind words, good deed, or thoughtful gift may even launch a cascade of positive gestures among others. A recent study by researchers from the University of California San Diego and Harvard University suggests that cooperative behavior spreads among people. This ripple effect can have a wonderful positive impact on the corporate culture of your organization.

“Good leaders must learn to communicate not only within their field of expertise but also to reach people outside their field of authority, influence and passion,” Barnard says. “With proper training and practice anyone can become a better communicator.”

About Stephanie Roberson Barnard

Stephanie Roberson Barnard has trained thousands of pharmaceutical industry professionals on how to be more effective speakers, writers and communicators. She has also coached hundreds of health-care professionals on presentation skills for FDA hearings, CFO reports and scientific speaker programs, as well as national and international congresses. Her clients include AstraZeneca, Bayer Corporation, WL Gore, and Boehringer Ingelheim. This is her second Yale Press book collaboration with Deborah St. James.

About Deborah St. James

Deborah St. James is Deputy Director of Publications and Scientific Communications at Grifols. She has worked in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry for more than 20 years. Prior to her current position, she was Bayer Corporation’s senior manager for national sales training in the pharmaceutical division. She is a former college English instructor and Senior Editor of Better Health magazine.

 

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Since Content is King, Use it Wisely; Syndicate

Since the paradigm has shifted from 100% “interruption marketing” (i.e. commercials and advertisements) to a balance of that and “inbound marketing” (marketing by attraction) the need to produce and disseminate great content has become paramount.

Nobody wants a Billy Mays spewing product features in their face any more.  What people appreciate is honest information delivered honestly.  The theory is that if you deliver enough of this great information, when people have to make a buying decision regarding that particular field, they will consider you the expert and at least consider making their purchase from you.

Step one, then, is to create helpful content in a form from which your target audience can most benefit.  That in itself is a formidable task, but then what do you do with this great content once it is created?  You can post it to your website, either as an article or a blog, but that assumes that your prospects are indeed visiting your website.  If your goal is to draw prospects to your website, there needs to be more distribution.

Broadly put, you need to syndicate.  There are now hundreds of “social media” sites, dozens of guest blog sites, and myriads of press release and article publishing venues.  It would be impossible to fill out the profiles and establish accounts with all of them, so the first task is to prioritize which ones are most effective, and affordable.  Most of the social sites and blog sharing ones are free, but press release publishing can be relatively expensive.

Once you have made your decision regarding budget and time, you need to establish you profiles and accounts.  I provide my clients with a standard summary page that has been optimized to contain the keywords that are most relevant and competitively available for their business.  Then, with the help of Chrome, it becomes a relatively simple matter to establish these accounts; fill in all the contact data, and paste in the summary and you have an account.

Now comes the fun part.  Instead of taking your story or article and pasting it into 10 or 50 accounts,   syndicate it so you post it in one place, and it goes out automatically either as an RSS feed, or is posted automatically on all of your other accounts.  WordPress has the ability to set up your blog posts so they go out to several accounts under the “share” button on the left sidebar.  There are several other sites where you can set up your slave links to receive your posts automatically.  There are some things that you will still have to do by hand, like posting to LinkedIn groups, but this gets your message out to tons of “followers” with a minimum of effort.  The key to keeping yourself “top of mind” is not running in circles spending your day on the internet.  Being a though leader requires you to get out from behind the desk and out with your “peeps.”  This is a great way to free up some time to do just that.

Please submit questions to:  steve@bayintegratedmarketing.com

 

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Building a Professional Portfolio

Many professions require a portfolio of previous work in order to get the position. When you send a portfolio to an employer, you are basically packaging yourself up in a binder and sending yourself to analyzed and judged. If your potential employer doesn’t like the packaged up version of you, they aren’t going to be likely to give you a chance in the interviewing office. Applicants can talk and talk about how good they think they are, but it takes a portfolio to back up words with evidence.

Here are a few ideas for making yourself more appealing to your dream employer.

Have a backup copy

You never know when you’re going to get your portfolio back. Never send out your only copy of all of your work. Have at least one (if not several) backups just in case the worst case scenario becomes reality.

Go digital

Make sure that you have digital copies of everything that you hope to use in your resume. This goes to the backup copy policy. This may mean scanning documents into your computer. Our world is experiencing a dramatic digital trend. Some people predict that within 10 years we will have become a virtually paperless society. Keeping your portfolio up-to-date is a good way of ensuring that you yourself stay up-to-date with current trends.

Keep a copy of everything

Make sure that you make a copy of everything you produce for college and each of your jobs. This is especially important in college. You never know when that article you write for your sophomore English class will turn into a portfolio piece. Don’t be afraid to keep editing and improving upon projects that you’ve already completed.

Get permission

The work that you do as a paid employee of a company or other organization legally belongs to them. Be sure that you get permission (preferably in writing) prior to using any materials that may contain sensitive information.

Clearly identify portfolio pieces

Make sure that with each portfolio piece, you explain the context within which it was used. Your role in each piece should also be clear. For example, in a brochure, you should explain who you made it for, the need that it was addressing, and your part in its creation—did you take the pictures, write the text, design the layout or do it all?

Proofread

Very little is more embarrassing than a typo in a portfolio. If you can’t get your spelling right in the piece upon which your employment hinges, then how can an employer expect you to get your job right several months into the job after it becomes a boring routine?

About the Writer

Stephen Sharpe has worked as a web writer for MyCollegesandCareers.com for almost a year. My Colleges and Careers is a career and college database with information about the best online colleges.

 

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