This Human Factors pamphlet changed my life over 30 years ago. I came across it one evening around 2 AM. I was walking the halls of a university campus building during my security guard shift.
Yes, I worked building security. No silver spoon here. I worked my way through college while I was a student.
I'm not sure why it caught my eye. But as I read it, it resonated so deeply with me.
I was wrapping up my undergraduate degree in Psychology and had already discovered that a BA was barely worth the paper the diploma was printed on. I found out that I couldn't get that “great job” I had imagined I would find after graduating from college.
So, I wasn't sure what I was going to do next. Get promoted to mall cop? Become a police dispatcher? Note: I actually did that for about a year after graduation. 🤣
However, thanks to this pamphlet, I discovered Engineering/Human Factors Psychology and knew it was meant for me. Off to grad school I went and my life completely changed forever.
It's funny when you realize how powerful serendipity is. If I hadn't noticed this pinned to a bulletin board on a wall in a dark hallway, I may never have pursued a tech career in Silicon Valley.
So, my advice for you is this:
Be open to new and unexpected experiences.
Break out of your routine and don’t get stuck in a rut.
Meet new people, try new things, and explore new places.
Consider working with a coach who can help you see your career and life from a fresh perspective and discover new opportunities.
You never know what you might discover!
My latest book chapter
By the way, I sent my latest book chapter to my Invincible Life newsletter subscribers today. You might find it interesting!
There are some pretty sophisticated tools available for maintaining a content calendar and scheduling your social media posts. But you can end up spending hundreds or thousands of dollars a year on a subscription (e.g., a standard plan on Sprout Social is almost $3,000/year).
It doesn’t make sense to spend that kind of money as an individual trying to build a stronger professional brand! Heck, it doesn’t even make sense for a solopreneur just starting out with a new business. Plus, the complexity can be overwhelming, and I’ve found that many of the tools don’t support all the platforms’ capabilities (e.g., creating a LinkedIn Carousel post or a Poll).
So, I created a basic content calendar to help me keep track of what I create and share. You can use it as your starting template and modify it for your needs. But, grab your copy now before it’s no longer free — since the discount is only available for the first 200 people who access it.
Larry Cornett is a Personal Coach who can help you optimize your career, life, and business. If you’re interested in starting a business or side hustle someday (or accelerating an existing one), check out his “Employee to Solopreneur” workshop (coming soon).
Larry lives in Northern California near Lake Tahoe with his wife and a gigantic Great Dane. He does his best to share advice to help others take complete control of their work and life. He’s also on Mastodon.