Is your lack of vision getting in the way of your future?

Is your lack of vision getting in the way of your future?

Lack of vision? Anyone else feel like the saying, “Older but wiser” is really true for you? I find that the older I get, I am more reflective on decisions I made in the past. I look at things I held back doing to benefit me and think, “Why didn’t I do this before?” and also ask myself, “what was I thinking?”

Example, I use accountants to make sure my accounting program is accurate and to file my taxes. In addition, I floundered with my lack of marketing knowledge for years until I took the leap and invested in an expert.

What are the results of my investments?

I now confidently look at my finances and recognize trends knowing they are accurate. And the marketing advice, well, last year’s revenues were 38.7% up from 2010. 2010 matched 2009 even with the loss of the contract income from the non-profits. In other words, in a down economy, my business is going in the right direction.

On the flip side, I see decisions such as the large copiers and printers I used to invest in as really poor investments and waste of my time, energy, and money.

Poor vision!

I could have outsourced the printing and saved myself time and trouble. It would have saved the leases and service contracts, toner and paper that ate away any profit from my business.

As a resume writer and career marketing strategist, I see people making decisions the same way I did at one time. They pay for things that will not help them and avoid the investment they should make into their own future.

I hear people who want to change positions or who are struggling to find a new position and they can’t figure out what they are doing wrong.

On the flip side, I know people who worked with me to create a successful resume and job search strategy who confidently march into their future. A client just landed the Chief Executive Officer role for a $32 million rural telecommunications company.

He told me he hit the jackpot but would never have done it without me. My questions, the information I gleaned from him, and the resume itself, all came together to help him see his value in a totally different light. The company offered him a $10,000 signing bonus, great perks, wonderful benefits, and an excellent salary.

Are you holding back in the wrong area?

Should you be looking at things differently? Is it time to hire a professional resume writer and expert to help you reach your career destination or perhaps use a career change to your advantage?

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  1. Gavin Ryan on February 8, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Hi Julie,
    Another thought provoking post! Smart investments in any business is what it is all about.
    Anyone looking for a new position would be wise to invest in you!
    Keep up the good work.

    • Julie Walraven on February 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you again, Gavin! It is a hard lesson to learn sometimes. When to invest and when to hold back.

  2. Ariana Lemarr on February 9, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Your ” lack of vision” post makes sense to me. Sometimes I could relate to the feeling of losing one’s priority especially in investing. I was taking my time since I already lose some of my investment in the previous years. I guess I’ll be able to study things more carefully before investing something. Thanks for the insights.

    • Julie Walraven on February 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks Ariana, we may view investing differently. I am not talking about investments into the stock market but rather the purchase of things or services that later are not so wise. Perhaps we are thinking the same thing though because no matter what it is, you need to think before you act and then move forward if you see the value in the total picture.

  3. Anna on February 10, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Congrats on the upward trend in business! You’re a testament that hard work with the correct vision pays off!

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