Sometimes in life you need someone to come along and give you a swift kick in the ass to get you back on track. My swift kick came this week in the form of a good friend who is also a business coach, Allan Tsang.
There’s no point in lying about it, my personal life has been crumbling around me and I’ve been in a slump so big that I can’t possibly focus on being the best professional me. I’ve watched myself go from the kind of person who grabbed opportunity by the horns to the kind of person who ignores it all together. The spark, passion, and tenacity have been replaced by a sinkhole and every move I make feels tedious.
In one respect I feel like I’m being a tad dramatic because during the “Great Slump of 2010” I’ve still managed to make a great career move, write for Fistful of Talent, and keep up with the Culture Fanatics (a group I founded where culture fanatics from some of Fortune’s Top 100 Best Places to Work get together to exchange ideas). But I’m not exaggerating. For every one thing I have done there are dozens of things I haven’t. I’ve stopped blogging, tweeting, and following up on opportunities that would have once gotten a lot of attention. I’ve stopped reading up on industry trends, passing along fun bits of information, and spending my nights excitedly planning out the rest of my career. I’ve just…been in a funk.
So when Allan came along and offered to coach me I was excited and honored. He knows my potential, understands what it means for people to have mentors in their lives, and will definitely hold me accountable for getting my stuff back in order. My first assignment is to read “Who’s Got Your Back” by Keith Ferrazzi.
Have any of you read it?