MASHABLE: Landing a Job With A Family-Owned Business as an Outsider

Thirty-five per cent of the Fortune 500 companies are family-owned. But that doesn’t mean you have to be related to get inside and work for them. Find out how to get involved with family-owned business as an outsider:

Tip Tuesday: 5 Ways to Think Outside the Box

You often hear the saying “think outside the box”. This can apply to you when something isn’t going the way you want it to or you just want to experience something different in your life. But how to you actually ‘think outside the box’?

First off, you need to understand that thinking outside the box requires you to take risks and approach problems with new and innovative ideas. Here are five ways to do something else rather than what everyone else is doing.

1. Talk to people outside of your industry:
Chat with people who completely have nothing to do with the industry or line of work you are in/want to get in to. For example, if you’re an engineer, talk to someone in the music business. Those people might not be able to help you directly with engineering, but they also go through struggles and find ways to overcome it. Don’t trap yourself in the engineering bubble. New ideas from new people can set that light bulb off in your head.

2. Copy successful people:
Copying people you look up to or have been down the same career path that you desire can really help you think outside the box. Learn about how people in the past have dealt with struggles and found ways to overcome it. Motivational books can also help. The best things about these books are that you get to read about the people who did things differently and how they were able to achieve success in their careers by not doing the same thing as everyone else.

3. Take a class:
Who cares if you’ve already graduated? You can always sign up for part-time classes or take one full-time class and work on the side. Classes will help you learn something different and push new ideas into your brain. Plus, you also get to meet new people who can help you with your career or future goals!

4. Do some yoga:
Mind, body and soul. Without sounding all philosophical, you need to sometimes get in touch with your inner self, forget all the other things around you, and focus. Focus on a fresh new start.

5. Never say never:
Just because it hasn’t been done before, doesn’t mean YOU can’t be the first to do it. It also doesn’t mean that it’s the wrong way to do it. The whole point of thinking outside the box is to outsmart everyone and come up with something new and creative!


Stir Yourself in the Right Direction

If you keep doing the same thing over and over again, how can you expect different results?

The first time I heard that line was during a conference call with a group of salespeople. As far as I knew, it came from Doug, the man who was running the call. Later, I read a variation of it somewhere online: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. I then realized the words weren’t from Doug. Since then I’ve seen variations of it more times than I can count. It’s been attributed to Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin and many others.

The line is referred to and repeated so often because it’s one of those statements that makes you stop and think: “That’s right! If I want to see some change in (fill in the blank) aspect of my life that I’m not happy with, then I can’t just sit around and wait for that change to show up. I’m going to have to BE the change!”

The Positives and Negatives
Like so many things in life, there’s a positive side and a negative side. For instance, brushing your teeth. Most people brush their teeth at least twice a day expecting to maintain healthy teeth, and for the most part it works. However, some people don’t bother brushing their teeth regularly and are surprised every time they go to the dentist to hear the sound of the drill.

Tooth brushing might seem like a simplistic metaphor to use to illustrate a life lesson, but some things are just that simple. If you’re consistently getting the results you’re looking for, then keep doing what you’re doing. Go further and fine-tune your endeavors, figure out exactly what’s bringing in those positive results, intensify that and KEEP DOING IT. However, if nothing is happening and you’re doing what you’ve always been doing hoping that things will change, then you better think twice because you’re going to be in for a long wait.

Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life
Oftentimes we hope or wish things were different. We might go so far as to think positive thoughts and visualize a different life for ourselves. But hoping, wishing and visualizing  isn’t going to make one speck of difference if you don’t get down to the basics. If you continue to not brush your teeth, no matter how much you visualize the dentist not picking up his or her drill, nothing is going to change.

Look at an aspect of your life that’s not unfolding to your satisfaction. You might believe you’re doing your best, unflagging in your persistence and that might very well be true. But sometimes it’s not a matter of how hard you work.  Sometimes it’s a matter of completely rethinking your approach and changing it up. Walk, ride a bike, drive, parasail, skip, give yourself permission to take the road you’ve never taken and see where it leads. Ask people who’ve succeeded at what you’re trying to accomplish and incorporate their advice. You may not get to where you want to go right away, but at least you’ll be getting somewhere different and with enough persistence you’ll get yourself pointed in the right direction.

If you’re happy with the way things are going then keep on doing what you’re doing. If you’re not happy, then it’s time to change things up!


Be a Go-Getter!

Ask yourself this: are you a go-getter? Do you have drive, passion and motivation or are you one of the many others who go to work and then go home? Actions speak louder than words. It’s one thing to say that you want to be successful but it’s another to actually act on it. If you are a go-getter, you know the trials, tribulations and failures that go along with achieving your goal. Here’s five tips on how to be a go-getter:

1) Accept failure & move forward:
Know that there will be bumps along the way and handle it with grace. Nothing comes easy and if you have your eye on the prize, forget the bumps and move on!

2) Never give up:
Like we just mentioned, even if something doesn’t work out, something else will. Focus on the things that do work which will get you closer to the finish line.

4) Always be positive:
Dwelling on the negatives will only set you back. Tell yourself that you can achieve it. Good things happen to positive people!

5) Be aggressive (in a professional way):
Everyone is capable of doing anything. But there’s a difference between the people who go after what they want and the ones who just sit there and don’t bother. Try to network and do things outside the box – don’t be shy. It’ll be worth it in the end.

6) Do something everyday:
Set small goals and do something that will lead you to your long-term goal. Do something productive everyday to keep your mind active.