You can interchange entrepreneur with the job seeker, and principles from this conversation are applicable both ways.
Paul B. Brown is the author is Own Your Future: How to Think Like an Entrepreneur and Thrive in an Unpredictable Economy. He is a contributor to The New York Times and more specifically, the creator of the What’s Offline column. He is also a Forbes and Harvard Business Review contributor as well. He is also a member of the Massachusetts and New Jersey Bar. He offers his perspective on how to manage your career as if you were an entrepreneur.
Although the press release quotes him, urging readers to, “Think of this book as an owner’s manual for having a more successful life,” there were key career lessons that deserved attention.
Much of our discussion centered around the “Act. Learn. Build. Repeat.” model. Here are some of the highlights:
- Focus specifically on what you want to do, learn what is needed through the next steps, continue building over time, and repeat the process
- Flexibility and small steps are critical, so the time investment is productive
- Accountability is a key component to keep in commitment to your goals, but you’re the person that needs to make it happen
- Adaptability is also a key component to controlling and owning your future, and understanding and knowing when to change along with the marketplace
In this interview you can interchange entrepreneur with job seeker because the thinking is so identical.
Please, enjoy our conversation.