In career, health, job, lifestyle, nutrition, Uncategorized, wellness on June 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm

 …Or have you thought about people like Oprah, Bill Gates, and Arnold Schwarzenegger and questioned how they were able to succeed and emerge onto the public stage with fame and fortune? Or how people such as Ghandi and Martin Luther King, Jr. became the world-renowned voices and leaders of human evolutions?

                             Excerpted, with permission, from More Than Crumbs: A Guide To Living Your Full Life, by Kristine K. Burke, M.B.A.

I recently spoke with Kristine Burke, business coach, and founder of the Castles & Crayons ( career networking organization. I asked her why she considers health and wellness such an integral part of career growth. In fact, she asked me to speak at her upcoming “Career Fitness Bootcamp” workshop.

Kris has owned multiple companies, including an accounting consultancy and a networking organization for single parents.  She is the author of the soon-to-be-published book, More Than Crumbs: A Guide to Living Your Full Life, which includes a sizable section on career management.

So back to the workshop: “Why do you want me ( to speak?” I asked bluntly.

She explained that people need to approach their careers from a position of power; otherwise, they run around frantically, desperately, and possibly turning off potential employers. Experience, she says, is the best way for people to feel empowered, and one of the simplest ways to achieve that is to take responsibility and action–for starters, for one’s own health and well-being, including physical, emotional and spiritual.

 When people take responsibility, she said, “two things happen.”

“First, they recognize that they’re totally capable of taking care of themselves and no longer need to rely on people for their success and happiness. The second is they’ll say to themselves ‘If I make even one small internal change, then what will happen when I apply those changes to the external world?’”

How does this pertain specifically to career? “Create goals, make deadlines—and then deliver.”  Anyone can sit down and make a list of things to do, but you need to really do them, she said.

“But when someone says, ‘I will do activities that will bring about employment and income until I get employment and income,’ they will no longer be that terrified, desperate person.”


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