Victorious Insights For Living: September 2007

Monday, September 24, 2007

25 Breakout Jobs

Here is a list of 25 breakout jobs:


Be open to thinking "outside the box" where your career is concerned. For instance, a fitness trainer may make around $25,000 a year working at a gym, but may be able to charge a $100 an hour as a consultant. This type of dynamic may not always be in play, but you can evaluate your options thinking creatively and in faith. In some cases you may have a better "fit" in a large corporate context. In other cases, you may be better suited as an "intrapenuer":

An "intrapreneur" is somebody with an entraprenuerial spirit in a corporate context. If you are a "creative-type" and have a knack for business you may fall under this category. Companies like 3M and Nordstroms are basically "intrapreneurial" driven companies. They put a high emphasis on you thinking like an entrepreneur while working at their companies and reward you accordingly. There are companies that function that way. When your values and gifts match the company you are working it, you will tend to "thrive" rathen then just survive. It helps when you have found "your people". :)

If you are an "intraprenuer" you are extremely valuable to your company as you will tend to add enormous value. As Ryamond Smith of Bell Atlantic Corporation once remarked:

"Taking the safe road, doing your job, and not making any waves may not get you fired (right away, at least), but it sure won't do much for your career or your company over the long haul. We're not dumb. We know that administrators are easy to find and cheap to keep. Leaders - risk takers - are in very short supply. And ones with vision are pure gold."

Words to think about and live by! Be a leader, where ever you are!

Others are more at peace being an entrepreneur and building their own business. Even in that case, it worth evaluating what type of busines you would want to build.

Do you have a "business system" or are you "the system"? Things to consider. :)

Many "entrepreneurs" got their starts as "intrapreneurs" and then eventually branched out into their own business. They were faithful over another man's business and eventually got their own. (Luke 16) That was there natural progression and flow.

Do Your Own Thinking
In the information age, I believe you have to think a little more like a "free agent", and do your own thinking. This doesn't mean be a "rebel". Definantly be thankful for whatever job you currently have, be loyal and add-value, but be open to thinking creatively and never let go of your dreams.

The Quite Revolution
Evaluate your options. Perhaps there is a calling there to work at a job and have a side biz. Or have a job and start learning about investing. Embrace the genius of the "And". :) You may be the type where both do "equally well" and you have the best of both worlds.

"Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well." (Ecclesiastes 11:6)

If the dream of having your own business burns inside you, you can start a side business while you still have your day job with the intent of turning it into a full-time business. By using this strategy - called 'straddling' - you can 'learning to earn' and develop the requisite business skills and mindset while you have your current job. Once you've built your side business up to the point where it supports you financially, you can then transition to doing the side biz full-time. This is one strategy to consider if you're not quit ready to make the plunge to a full-time business, but sense you're called to have your own business. This strategy could also apply in the arena of investing or any other dream you may have. Like a catipillar transforming into a butterfly, you can embark on a "quite revolution" that eventually transitions into a full-time thing.

Be Savvy and Creative
With this in mind, learn to be "savvy", in a positive sense, where your life and career are concerned and give yourself "permission" to succeed and go after your dreams. Jesus talked about this positive "savviness" in the parable of the shrewd manager (Luke 16:1). Jesus didn't praise the manager for being "crooked", but for being "shrewd" and thinking creatively:

"Now here's a surprise: The master praised the crooked manager! And why? Because he knew how to look after himself. Streetwise people are smarter in this regard than law-abiding citizens. They are on constant alert, looking for angles, surviving by their wits. I want you to be smart in the same way--but for what is right--using every adversity to stimulate you to creative survival, to concentrate your attention on the bare essentials, so you'll live, really live, and not complacently just get by on good behavior." (Luke 16: 8 - 10 MSG)

With this in mind, be savvy, use your imagination and embrace an innovative spirit. Discover your particular God-given 'edge' and 'niche' and be open to orthodox and unorthodox strategies in the pursuit of your God-given destiny. (2 Samuel 5:17-25) Be "opportunity-minded" and look for 'angles' and have some God-given 'wits' about you to see and seize opportunities. Who knows? You're adversity might actually be an opportunity. Your 'crazy idea' might be the door to a huge breakthrough. You might be closer to 'breaking out' then you realize.

Write The Vision
Did you know that Brian Tracey says that the average person receives three to four million-dollar ideas a year? Imagine that...With that in mind, here is a 'street-smart' idea, 'free of charge': carry a notepad around with you to capture your ideas. Writing one's ideas down is a timeless principle that does wonders in a person life and future. When you write down your goals, ideas, dreams, visions and plans you are actually 'documenting your future'.

"Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what's coming. It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn't lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It's on its way. It will come right on time." (Habakkuk 2:2-3 MSG)

It's Time To Live Again
Make a commitment today to 'live, really live' and not complacently get by on good behavior.

This is the right time. Indeed, we may well be transitioning over to an "age of creativity":

"Increasingly, the new core competence is creativity -- the right-brain stuff that smart companies are now harnessing to generate top-line growth. The game is changing. It isn't just about math and science anymore. It's about creativity, imagination, and, above all, innovation." (Get Creative! How to build innovative companies, Business Week Online)

It's time to innovate and upgrade! :)


Keep growing, learning and loving life!

You are the best....