April 1, 2014

Career Tips Any Fool Can Follow

April is here! Today might be notorious for jokes, pranks and good laughter but I want to get serious for just a minute. Are you unhappy with your current job? […]

April is here! Today might be notorious for jokes, pranks and good laughter but I want to get serious for just a minute.

Are you unhappy with your current job? Maybe you feel stuck with no hope of a promotion and no skill sets to find a better one. Apparently, 57% of people are unhappy with their jobs! CBS News reported the biggest cause of this statistic is people feeling underpaid and having no room for growth.

Unfortunately, if you are part of that 57% you are also likely in the group of people who wish they had a better job but are not actively pursuing one. Call it tough love… but be honest with yourself today – what are you currently doing to better your career? Or are you just talking about how you wish it were better, paid more or had fewer hours?

One excuse I hear quite often is that you aren’t qualified for a certain position. “Oh, I found a great job posting but I don’t think I’m qualified.” It’s because of this mindset I want to share a quick story with you.

When I was 19, I applied for a high-paying job as a custom decorator. There were 26 other applicants, dressed to the nines who had twice my work experience. I had no experience and was fully aware I was totally unqualified for the position.

I was the last interview of the day and when I sat down I told the manager, “I just want to be up-front with you. I have absolutely NO experience at all. But I promise you this: If you give me a chance, I will give it my best. If you are willing to teach me, I will work the hardest to be the best decorator you’ve ever had.”

And you know what? They HIRED and TRAINED me that same day. Why would they do that?

The truth is most employers are not looking for the perfect person who is the most qualified and has all the experience in the world. They want someone who is teachable and will work hard. They want someone who is going to fit into their working environment!

It drives me nuts hearing people say they can’t find a better job because they are unqualified or lack the education. Hello! That is an excuse! I was a drop-out, totally uneducated who showed up to an interview in a hot pink dress with a big plastic black belt. And not only was I hired, I was the number one decorator my very first month and broke store records every month after that. It worked for me at 19, it can work for you, too.

In this new quarter, stop being that person who’s all talk and no action! Stop talking about wanting that promotion, that new job or even a job at all. Be a person of action. Start increasing your skill sets, actually getting your resume out there or meeting with your manager on how to improve the company (and your career). If you remain teachable, hungry and aren’t pretending to be someone you aren’t, recruiters WILL notice you.

Look, unemployment is a huge issue in our world today. Which makes it even more depressing to know that more than half of you who are lucky enough to have a job are still totally unhappy! It doesn’t have to be like that.

Tell me about what you’d like to improve on in this new season. Are you going to stop being the fool, full of excuses and complaints? Leave me your comments below and don’t forget to Like and Share today’s message.

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In great faith,


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  1. Yes, yes, yes, what you say works! We have had two jobs created just for us because we showed up and were ready to work! One where a yearly 4 concert series added a bonus 5th concert to this next season, just so they could have us! How? We made friends with one of the performing groups and did a bit of singing together, they comped us tickets to their show, they recognized us from on stage, I told my kids, “Look, they just lent us their credibility,” and the concert organization was ready to hire us for $1500, without even hearing us! Amazing! The other was two days before 4th of July, during a road trip, stopping at Medora, North Dakota, where there is a big musical stage show every night of the summer, and stayed “til we got an audition. They created a show for us two days later and paid us with show tickets and Pitchfork Fondue meal tickets, $431 worth! We wanted to do both of those but would never have paid that much!! Best part, the CEO was watching that show, asked “WHERE DID YOU COME FROM?” and said we were perfect for Medora (family, patriotic and western) and we are welcome back any time. I never would have believed it until I saw it! Thanks for sharing all the testimonials Dani!

  2. Kellie Gafford April 1, 2014

    I want to be an entrepreneur. I want to start my own business maybe lots of them.Not just any business owner but a GOOD one! Learn from my mistakes…..stay humble ….and invest in people. I am going into my current job everyday working on my attitude and mindset. Striving to get back to that “can do” attitude I once had. Not looking at my circumstances but looking only at the bright possibilities ahead of me. I’m starting with no money, no capital, just a dream ( which I never had in my past) Reading first steps to wealth, read the daily fix everyday, and listen to your show when I can.Thanks Dani for all you do and telling me the truth in love. I’m on my way!

  3. Bryan April 1, 2014

    Im a sapphire so I want to be less Distracted, this apparently is my season of plenty. I just recently accepted a job offer for the state, and im about to finish my Bachelors in IT. I just want to remain focused so I can leverage the degree and the influence a govt job can have to increase my skills and my income so I can diversify myself to other investments and interests. 😀 FOCUS gets you where you want to go.

  4. Clarissa Winchester April 1, 2014

    This was right on time, as I was sitting having lunch and putting together my second quarter plan for growth. I must increase my skill sets in starting meaningful conversations, building relationships, and making sure that I am not always giving myself and my expertise away. I believe with a stronger focus on improvement, my second quarter will be SO much better than this one, where I earned $70.00 but helped over 150 people in the first 3 months of 2014.

    Thank you SO much for this!!!

  5. DeAna April 1, 2014

    I know I am called to be a leader and have lots of influence. Being faithful with the little things DILIGENTLY this quarter is my focus.is continuing to put God first, acknowledging Him in all I do, submit cheerfully to the authority of my parents and work excellently at everything they put in front of me, and then take action in building my business – this quarter work on building a clientel and an efficient recruiting method.

  6. fatima April 1, 2014

    Dear Dani, Thank you so much for being such an inspiration for millions of other people. I didn’t know you before 30 mins of posting this comment. I came across a random website and read your story and it was so touching that made me cry. Your so amazing for giving hope to those hopeless people like me. God bless yo

  7. Erica April 2, 2014

    Dani, THANK YOU! This is something I have definitely dealt with in the job hunting search. How did you become so confident when you found that position? Was it a matter of choosing, or were there steps along the way to launch you in that amount of confidence?

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