Lessons From Trailblazers: Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey was born to a middle class family in Newmarket Ontario. When he was a young boy, his father lost his job and his family moved to a low income area of Scarborough. His family went through many hardships, and he was forced to drop out of high school to work just so they would have enough money to live, and to take care of his chronically ill mother.

He worked in a steel mill as well as in a scientific testing facility before making it big.

Today, Jim Carrey is one the highest paid comedians in the world.

Carrey came from a difficult place – one in which many in his place would give up. But he pushed through – and not only that, he did it with a smile so big the world turned and looked. It’s inspiring that someone who came from so much hardship chose a career in laughter.

In his recent commencement speech, he imparted the words that kept him going:

“You can fail at what you don’t want, so why not take a chance on what you love?”

Go Above and Beyond at Work!

 

When you’re at work, you need to remember you’re being paid for every minute you spend there. So act like it. If you want to become indispensable, you need to keep in mind someone is giving you money to do what you’re doing. Don’t waste their money by wasting your time. You are expensive, make yourself worth the investment.

 

Don’t settle for nothing to do. If you’re done today’s tasks, start on tomorrow’s. Get a week ahead. A month. Clean – clean your desk area, clean your computer’s memory. Research how to do your job better. Ask your co-workers if they need help – and all of this is only AFTER you have insured you have done the best possible job on all your current tasks.

 

Write down ideas on how the company can work together to accomplish your goals better. Tell these ideas to the people above you. Show them you care. Show them you’re doing your best. Work late when you need to. Make everyone else’s life easier. Make your time worth their money.

 

Stand out.

Tailor your Resume to the Job!

If you’re anything like I was, you printed off a stack of resumes and merrily set to work, dropping them off at places you’d like to work until your supply was all gone. You made everything vague enough to make sense pretty much everywhere you applied, and figured that was good enough.
By now, you may or may not have figured out that it is indeed not enough. Your days of sending off bunches of generic resumes to whatever job postings you see online or in your neighbourhood are over.
If you’re serious about getting a job – from McDonalds to lion taming to high end sales – it is your responsibility to tailor your resume for each place you apply instead of sending out a one-size-fits-all. Include work experience most relevant to each place uniquely, change your mission statement, write a cover letter explaining more deeply why you believe your presence would benefit them. Your potential employer goes through a lot of resumes – it’s kind of insulting if you were too lazy to make reading yours worth their time.
So just put in the effort – apply in a more quality way to less places, and we can pretty much guarantee you’ll get a lot more callbacks & interviews.

80% of Jobs Not Advertised!


Did you know that 80% of job openings are not advertised? This harkens back to why networking and being able to socially maneuver is so important – the only way to find out about most new jobs is by word of mouth! So get talking! If you’re looking for a job VOCALIZE to everyone about it! Your friends might hear things and get back to you about it – or your family may. By telling everyone you’re on the hunt, you extend your social circle to the social circles of your friends and family and makes your chances of hearing something that much stronger!

Writing by Hand Makes you Smarter!

Okay, so level with us, when was the last time you took a lot of good old fashioned notes? Killed some good ‘n proper trees, and decimated their bodies with some ballpoint ink? I’d wager you mostly write on your laptop. Well, to the bane of many a’ British Columbian forest, I’d like to outline why the pen may indeed be mightier than the keyboard.

Writing by hand actually improves creativity!

Some super smart scientists were curious to see if taking handwriting largely out of school curriculums and letting keyboards take the notes had any impact on the learnin’. So they had some children take notes on a laptop and others by hand. The people with the laptops could type a little faster, and typically wrote out what was there verbatim – very few changes were made, very little evidence of full understanding. The kids writing by hand however, showed better comprehension by changing the wording, and expanding on ideas displayed in the original material. Scientists think this has to do with the fact that fonts are all uniform and perfect, and require just the tapping of buttons, whereas writing by hand requires actually forming the shapes of letters which promotes more attention to what is being written.

Reading Handwritten notes is Good Too!

They also theorize that reading your handwritten notes is better for you, because your brain almost has to decode your specific interpretation of these letters and recognize them as meaning the same thing as what is type, despite looking radically different.

Brain Damage That can Leave You Illiterate Won’t Effect Cursive

Yeah, so remember writing cursive? You probably learned it in grade three and promptly never used it again. Well it might be time to dust off those skills – the part of your brain that processes writing and reading cursive is different from the part the processes printing (we know, its weird). There have been multiple cases of sufferers of localized brain damage having no idea what letters on their own mean, but being fully literate in cursive. On top of that, it’s also good for your brain to practice skills you aren’t necessarily used to.