Friday, August 28, 2020

Happy Release: Don't F*** This Up!: How To Get What You Want In Life by Fred Stuvek, Jr.

Don't F*** This Up!: How To Get What You Want In Life
by Fred Stuvek, Jr.
Self-Help | Goodreads
Release date: June 30, 2020

The margin of error is shrinking. Don't F*** This Up.
Has the new normal just f***ed up your future? Did you get your degree in the mail instead of crossing a stage? You're not alone. You did everything you were supposed to do. You worked hard, got the grades, and you're ready to start your next phase of life.

Then the floor caved in. Thanks to a global pandemic, you're entering adulthood, your new career, your college career, or the workforce during record unemployment, a terrifying economy, and social guidelines that have all but eliminated life as you knew it. Like it or not, this is your sink or swim moment.

If having a strategy was important before, now, it's critical. The choices you make and the practices you adopt right now are going to shape not only your career, but every other aspect of your life as well. It's a lot to wrap your head around, and frankly, many people are going to screw it up.

To be among the few who rise you need to:

Harness certain proven principles
Adopt high standards and become disciplined
Learn how to focus on goal setting
Develop and improve essential relationships
Establish a high level of personal integrity through the right actions and attitude
Develop the resilience and grit to overcome adversity
If you’re looking for career advice, this is not the book for you. This book is a series of life lessons that lifted generations of Americans through hard times. Some of the lessons will be hard to hear. You will have to take responsibility for your actions and choices; to work for what you want. Are you up to the challenge?

Guest post:

Need a New Start? 5 Steps to Restart Your Career
By Fred Stuvek, Jr.

There are numerous reasons why someone changes jobs, and it is much more commonplace than in former times. Estimates range that the average worker will change jobs anywhere from 8 to 15 times in his or her career.

A career change, however, is a different matter. It is usually sparked by a lack of motivation or inspiration in what you are doing as you find yourself simply going through the motions, don’t look forward to going to work, and can’t imagine yourself doing what you are doing now five or ten years from now. And once again, career changes are not unusual and are happening more since people are working longer and later in their lives as a matter of either choice or necessity.

Regardless of what situation you find yourself in, it is never too late for a career change. What you do and how quickly you proceed is predicated on your circumstances.

In any event, with planning and over time, it is eminently doable, if you act and follow these five steps.

1. Identify – Look at those areas that match up best with your interests, skillset, and qualifications that would be something you would look forward to doing. Assess what positions you would be most interested in; what skills you currently have and don’t have, and what you need to do to become a qualified, viable candidate.

2. Plan – Put together a list of all the things you need to do. Develop goals, in order of priority, along with objectives and timelines. Be realistic and practical in terms of what you need to do and how long it will take to do it. Anticipate the barriers or roadblocks that could sidetrack you and come up with strategies or coping mechanisms to deal with them. Financial planning is an integral part of this process.

3. Act – Nothing changes if nothing changes, and nothing happens if you don’t act. While your intentions are good, this career change will only come to fruition if you act upon it. Fear destroys more dreams than failure ever has, so put aside your fears, develop your confidence, and take that first step. It may seem like a long journey, but the sooner you start, the sooner you get there. Once you have taken that first step, take another, and continue to move forward. Later you will look back, reflect on this, and be glad you took that first step.

4. Accountability – While it is important to have a support group of family and friends, which is of incalculable value, at the end of the day you are responsible for you. Develop a routine, with good habits, and stick with it. Train and condition yourself to become more disciplined so that many of your actions are second nature. Track your progress by routinely reviewing you plan. Hold yourself accountable, and get rid of the excuses.

5. Persevere – If you are wired for instant gratification, get rewired. This is a process that will take time and effort. Understand and accept that setbacks will occur along the way and find a way to deal with them. Review your plan, along with the objectives, and adjust as necessary.

If you need help, do not be shy about asking for it. Do not lose sight of what you are about and why you are doing this. Celebrate the successes – even the small ones – with family and friends as this will energize you.

As you continue to move forward your mindset, habits, and discipline are central in enabling you to successfully execute the plan and achieve your goals.

FRED STUVEK JR. is the author of Don’t F*** This Up and It Starts With You. He has achieved extraordinary success in diverse realms. He has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame for achievements in football, basketball, baseball, and track. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy, after lettering three years as quarterback for the Midshipmen. After service as a Naval Officer, he transitioned to the business world where he has held senior leadership positions in private and public companies, both domestically and internationally. Key successes include an international medical imaging start-up that led to a successful IPO, and forming a private medical services company, which he subsequently sold. From the playing field, to the war room, to the board room, his leadership and accomplishments have given him a distinct perspective and a results-oriented mindset.
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