Inspiration is for Amateurs: Just Get to Work


Inspiration is for Amateurs

I recently heard a quote on a Podcast I listened to, the Podcast is called Hidden Brain. They have a series out for summer called You 2.0 which just digs into self-improvement topics. This particular episode was called Deep Work 2.0. The jist of it was that with all the distractions we face, we rarely carve out time to do the “deep work”, whether that’s preparing a business plan, starting a new project or working on that book you’ve been meaning to write.

The guest on the show went on to quote Chuck Close who said, “Inspiration is for Amateurs, the rest of us show up and get to work.” That really resonated with me personally because when it comes to LiveMoreNow, I’ve been woefully short in reaching my goal of posting one video per week. To summarize Chuck, if we sit around waiting for that “aha” moment, we may never get started. The idea of getting to work is that things and ideas will arise from the process itself. He also says that process can be liberating and we don’t have to reinvent the wheel everyday.

So many times in my life I’ve been paralyzed by not knowing where to start. When I look back, it’s the times when I just plowed ahead that were the most rewarding because almost every time, something came out of that. Maybe I didn’t complete an amazing project, but I might have learned something new that took my imagination in a whole other, unanticipated direction.

Here at LiveMoreNow, the whole foundation is making changes through small steps. Many of us wait around for the motivation to get started and in truth, action creates motivation. I do have some other videos discussing similar topics such as decision making and not getting overly wrapped up in the analysis of it all.

If you are just really feeling like you are not in the mood to do something, exercising, reading, whatever, try the 5 minute rule…just tell yourself you’re only going to do something for 5 minutes and if you want to stop afterward, you can. Many times, perhaps more often than not, you’ll keep going.

I would encourage you to think about what it is that you would love to do…think big picture. Even if that seems unattainable, figure out the tiniest step you could take today to move toward that goal. And then, as Chuck Close said, just show up and get to work and if you hang in there, you’ll get somewhere.

I’d love to hear any personal stories from you in the comment section below. Thanks for visiting

How to Ask For a Raise — Step by Step Advice


How to Ask for a Raise

So you think you’ve earned a raise but no one has coughed up the extra cash. Unfortunately it’s not longer the norm to receive standard annual performance reviews with good ol’ fashioned “standard of living” increases. Seems most often we have to ask. But before you go in, you need to ready with some solid reasons…With my years as a recruiter and manager, I’m going to give you some tips to prepare and lastly I’m going to walk you through “The Conversation.”

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Don’t Make These 5 Career Mistakes


Don’t Make These 5 Career Mistakes

1. Letting others make decisions for you
No matter how well intended, you need to listen to your gut and your heart. Sometimes not making a decision is a decision. Sometimes exercising patience and open mindedness will allow an answer to reveal itself. I wouldn’t spend time taking a bunch of personality tests that supposedly predict your dream job. I’m always plugging one of my favorite apps but try for some really simple guided meditation exercises to help clear your mind.

2. Burning a Bridge
Don’t do it. You never know when you’ll run into someone again. Before you shoot your mouth off or leave someone in the lurch, stop and think about 6 months, 1 year or 5 years down the road, ESPECIALLY if you work in a specialized industry. Do the right thing, finish what you started and keep your word.
If you have, fix it…reach out to that person and apologize, write them a handwritten letter and let them know that you regret the way you handled it. I’ve found that saying, I sincerely hope you’ll accept my apology” to be a powerful statement. This gives them the control to decide. Unless your error is severe, I’ve found most willing to accept SINCERE apologies.

3. Taking your job for granted
Phone it in
Thinking you are indispensable
Overstaying your welcome

4. Fighting “The Way Things Are?”
Inflexible – constantly swimming upstream, complaining about the way things are, things are so screwed up does nothing to fix the issues. Make sure you are communicating your concerns to the right people who can actually affect change. Bitching around the water cooler helps no one.
Personal Toll This also takes a toll on your personal life. You might come home crabbier and this will impact your personal relationship.
Diplomacy when you are expressing concerns or greivances to the right peole, you have to be diplomatic. Consider that you most likely don’t have all of the information that create the current conditions. Position your concerns in a way that asks your superiors to help you understand why it’s that way. Most importantly, come in with a solution in mind.

5. Not Setting Personal Goals
Putting career before your personal life. Do you want to live to work or work to live? This is so cliché but it’s too true that you will not be on your death bed feeling grateful for your big paychecks, fancy cars and big houses. Set goals for things that you’d like to accomplish personally whether it’s travel, retirement, hobbies or education…keeping your personal goals in mind and putting those first will help guide your career choices.