Don’t Be a Generation Y-ner! (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

The late Jim Rohn used to say that “You can’t hire someone else to do your push-ups for you.”

From a health and fitness standpoint, this means that YOU are the only person who can do physical exercise for your body, and from a professional standpoint, this means that YOU are the only person who can improve your career situation.

While you should always ask yourself how other people can help you achieve your goals, there is only so much that any other person can do for you.  Just like a personal trainer cannot physically do your push-ups for you, a career coach cannot go on interviews for you or get you promoted after you have been hired.

I was watching the news last weekend, and a 21 year-old college graduate was complaining about how hard it is to get a job in this economy. However, what I found interesting was that he made no mention of what efforts he was taking to change his situation. I would have liked to know how many hours he was devoting to his job search each day, how many professional networking events he attended over the last 6-9 months, how many people he had reached out to (even if he did not know them personally) for informational interviews/advice, how much time he had spent on LinkedIn and other online networking channels, and how many books, blogs, or other resources he had read for career advice to make sure he was presenting himself as professionally as possible.

My guess is that he probably has not worked hard enough or smart enough to find employment. But, even if he has been searching the right way, complaining about his situation will not get him closer to where he wants to be. In fact, if I was a potential employer, and saw his interview on tv, it would have really turned me off.

Employers want to hire people who are proactive and who have a positive outlook; they don’t want people who are going to walk around complaining and whining every time something challenging happens.

If you are using “the economy” as an excuse for not having a job you like (or any job at all), it might be reasonable to make such an assertion. Perhaps you have actually spent several hours a day (or more) over the last few months attending networking events, building relationships through LinkedIn, and reaching out “cold” to people in your desired industry, but guess what? It does you no good to sit here and whine about the situation being unfair!

Stop whining and start taking more positive action! It might be painful to hear this, but it’s the only way you can improve your professional situation. “You can’t hire someone else to do your push-ups for you,” and you can’t hire someone to get you your dream job. YOU have to take accountability and make it happen yourself!

Just think how great it will feel when you finally land your ideal job.  It will be “all your fault!”

Thanks for reading!

-Pete Leibman

President of Idealize Enetrprises, LLC

President of BetterFitness BetterHealth, LLC

www.linkedin.com/in/peteleibman

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