How I Attracted My New Job

One day, I was driving along listening to a self-help tape and, although I had heard the basic message many times before, on this occasion, it really struck home. I remember hearing the words,  “… how can you achieve a goal you have not even set?” And for once, those words found real resonance within me. I thought to myself, if I were to set some really big goals, and if those goals did not come to pass, only I would know, and so there would be no reason to not give the process a try. It was the little push I needed at the time.

So I took myself off to Clevedon and sat at the end of the pier with a flask of soup, a notebook – the old-fashioned paper kind – and pen. I was there for about three or four hours asking myself those deep questions about what my own life is about and what is most important to me. At the end of the session, I had quantified four really big goals, the first of which was to become a Personal Development consultant within three years. Now my career had, up until that time, been in IT; and I had no idea how to change not just my job, but my career, but this is what happened …

The company I was working for at the time was taken over by a larger organization and I felt the new company did not really understand my role, which was in pre-sales support. So I started looking around for another opportunity. I saw a company advertising for the role of Technical Author and I thought it might help me to hone my writing skills – which would be an important aspect of achieving my career goal – so I applied and was invited for an interview.

There I was, sitting in the interview room being questioned by two people and one of them asked me a pretty standard interview question,

“Where do you see yourself in five years?”

Now I don’t know how I would have answered prior to doing all that thinking, but what I said was,

“Well … I see myself as a writer (still trying to get the Technical Author job) and by that time I would like to think I will have written a successful book.”

He asked what subject I would be writing about and I had no hesitation in explaining all about my passion for Personal Development.

“That’s very interesting,” he replied.

He left the room, returning a few minutes later with three course outline documents which he showed me.

“We are just diversifying into that field ourselves. Could you teach these courses?” he asked.

Well I nearly fell off my chair! Here he was offering me the opportunity to do exactly what I wanted and had imagined back there in Clevedon only a few months earlier.

To cut a long story short, I got the job. I started immediately after working out my notice and so began my new career as a Personal Development Consultant. It still amazes me today to think about how it all happened – but it did!

Taken from Think Big and Grow Rich, book available from all good stores.

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