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Ability

by Randall Craig on December 12, 2006

Filed in: Blog, Career Planning, Make It Happen Tipsheet,

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Have you ever had an athletic injury, and found yourself on the sidelines? This happens off the field too: we let a career “injury” shunt us to the sidelines as well. Athletes quickly learn that a leg injury just means a renewed focus on the upper body. So should we when it comes to our careers: our focus must be on ability – not disability:

* Uncomfortable giving presentations? Focus on improving your written communication skills.
* Don’t have a particular degree or professional designation? Surround yourself with those who do – and use their skills.
* Turned down for a special project? Focus on distinguishing yourself on the projects you currently have.
* Hate doing “sales”? Spend time learning about your customer’s needs.

This week’s action item: Have you unwittingly been focusing on your injury? Catch yourself if you have, and use this energy more productively to achieve an important goal. Focusing on your career injury defines your boundaries; focusing on your abilities defines your potential.

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Randall has been advising on Web and Social Strategy since 1994 when he put the Toronto Star online, the Globe and Mail's GlobeInvestor/Globefund, several financial institutions, and about 100+ other major organizations. He is the author of seven books, including the recently released "Everything Guide to Starting an Online Business", and speaks across North America on Social Media and Web Strategy. More at randallcraig.com and 108ideaspace.com.

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