Do you think the world revolves around you? It is easy to get caught up in how the world seems to us at the minute. But our perspective is challenged by how we perceive that world.
If I learned anything this last year, I learned that things I take for granted are not quite what I thought they were. Talking to clients, friends, colleagues, and business associates throughout the world has opened my eyes to how often I take things for granted.
We often think in terms of what time it is wherever we are.
When you work with people in multiple time zones, we must continually think of their time zone as well as our own. I just set an appointment with a client for tomorrow morning my time, which is 4pm her time. She’s in France where they are more likely to think in terms of 24 hour clocks, so that is 16:00.
Temperatures differ too.
I think in terms of Fahrenheit but many of the people I am talking to on Twitter think in terms of Celsius. There is a huge difference in the way those are calculated. My temperature is 12 F today, which is equivalent to minus 11C. In Wisconsin, our winter temperatures can easily reach minus 20F with wind chills equivalent to minus 40F or more. Brrrr….
Sometimes job seekers think this way about job search too.
The job seeker gets mad when no one returns an e-mail or sends a letter to let us know about our status in a job. But in reality, today the ball needs to be in your court.
Never tell a prospect “I look forward to hearing back from you,” which puts the ball in their court. They can (and frequently do) drop the ball, leaving you with nothing.
You can read the rest of that post here. It was prompted by a tip from Michael Lunsford. The point is you can’t expect the world to revolve around you. Our viewpoints are skewed by the perspective we bring to the table.
Your goal in your job search, career, or business is to change that focus.
Instead of thinking the world revolves around you, try a larger view to understand all of the possible factors affecting whatever bothers you.
At that point, when you factor in other viewpoints and become proactive in seeking solutions, you start getting results with your job search, career change, or productivity.
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