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Want to Stay Employed? Stop Living in the Past

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Being successful is hard work and not everyone likes hard work. It might be safe to say that many people are lazy, they do just enough to get by. I remember when I finished high school I knew I had to go to college so I could get a good job. When I went to work I found out I needed a master’s degree so I could keep my job so I went back to college. I began to notice that education never stopped except after college I would have to be responsible for my education. To stay competitive in the job market I would have to continue to learn and grow. Sometimes I had to learn things that weren’t interesting but were important to my career survival. Not only hasn’t this changed but it’s changing every day or maybe every minute. In my travels I often hear business owners saying, “I’m glad I’ll be out of this business soon so I won’t have to do that social media thing.” Chances are once they get out of  business social media will still be chasing them, especially if they want to communicate with the rest of the world.

This coming Tuesday morning, 9AM, EST on my radio show, indysmallbiz.com I will be interviewing Tom Denham, owner of Careers in Transition. Tom is going to talk about what we can do to stay on top of our career. Check out my Facebook for the link to the show.  

Here are 8 things you can do right away:

1. Always be curious and interested in the world around you. It may be more exciting than you think. Dive into your life, get excited. Excitement is catching. People who are exciting are fun to be around and very motivating. Look out around you, what do you see, what’s out there waiting for you? Think about an event you’re going to attend in the future and get excited. What is going on in your life at this moment that can make you excited?

2.  Read articles that keep you current with changes in your industry. What you remember from the 90’s might not help you. Read articles from industry experts, join LinkedIn or check out Facebook. If you’re in the flooring industry join us on Fabulous Floors Magazine facebook page and join the discussions. If you want to give “red hot customer service” you have to know your products.

3. If training is offered to you, particularly for free, take it. Taking classes will help motivate you and improve your outlook on life. Look for training classes in your community, are there free classes you can take or some for very little money?

4. Take a college class and brush up on your writing skills or take any class that helps you to think. You know the old saying, learn it, teach it, do it. Or is the new expression,  Teach It, Tech It, Learn It, Lead It, by the way, this is a great blog. Whatever you learn, share it with everyone; if you can teach it you probably understand it. 

5. Be responsible for your own education and learning. This may mean investing your own money so you can stay in the game and remain employable. It’s a competitive world out there and the winners will be those who keep up on technology.

6. Question what you know and what’s new. What could you learn that would make you “more employable?” What are younger people studying in college, what skills do you need to master if you’re going to remain employable?

7. Whenever possible take a sales class even if you don’t sell professionally. We are all salespeople and always selling something including ourselves.

8. Listen and learn from others. Check out blogs that interest you and watch TV shows that do more than amuse. Check out YouTube for something you want to learn. I love YouTube you can learn everything from horseback riding to knitting.

I love this quote:

The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.
Tom Bodett

Lisbeth Calandrino is a motivational speaker and trainer. Check out her blog, Lizbizbuzz and join her on Facebook.




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By |2017-03-03T12:07:07+00:00December 16th, 2011|beliefs, Blog|6 Comments

About the Author:

Lisbeth Calandrino is an award winning trainer, entrepreneur, and blogger and has spent over twenty years developing custom tailored marketing and customer service programs for businesses. Her recently published book, Red Hot Customer Service, 35 Sizzling Ways to Heat up Your Business and Ignite Your Sales defines the steps necessary to build a competitive advantage and turn great companies into unforgettable or red hot companies. Lisbeth admits that much of her knowledge came from her Italian grandfather who despite very little formal education and a limited English vocabulary, managed to became both successful and wealthy. Lisbeth has wonderful stories about Grandpa DiBiagio’s and her time spent learning how to managing Grandpa’s fruit stand. Because of Lisbeth’s experience as a business owner, having been the managing partner and owner of 7 furniture and carpet stores for 14 years, she is able to bring her extensive business knowledge and experience to all of her clients. Lisbeth’s awards include executive of the year award from the International Executive Association, Albany chapter (a business networking group) and first place honors in an international marketing contest for alternative medicine. A two time cancer survivor, she has spoken extensively about her experiences of cancer, offering words of comfort and inspiration. As an activist, Lisbeth has initiated and contributed to many charitable causes. She has worked with at-risk youth, spoken out against injustice and advocated to and helped to build resources for women. As a presenter, Lisbeth Calandrino is highly motivational, information-rich, and very entertaining. Her acute business sense, contagious enthusiasm, positive energy and fun sense of humor make her a dynamic presenter. Lisbeth is a member of New York, Historic Albany Foundation, educational director of Business Referrals Networking Group and member of the board of directors of the Animal Protective Foundation of Scotia, New York.


  1. Jim Dittemore December 16, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    As nearly always, you are spot on Liz! Happy Holidays and a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year to you and yours!

    All My Best,


  2. Chris Ramey December 16, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Life long learning is the platform for success. The greatest opportunity for most people in the floor covering industry is to learn everything you can outside the floor covering industry.

  3. Lisbeth Calandrino December 16, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Jim, thank you for the note; let’s all get smarter next year, hugs, Lisbeth

  4. Lisbeth Calandrino December 16, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks Chris, any learning is good learning but learning outside is even better, happy holidays and thanks for the comment. Lisbeth

  5. Paul Thompson December 17, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I am always amazed at people of any age saying “I hope this passes so I don’t have to learn it!” I understand, technology IS intimidating, but it’s here to stay.

    I have found that those younger than myself are happy to share and teach me what I don’t know. And once in a great while they pick something up from me, ha!

    Thanks Lis, this is going in my file for when I’m feeling old and crusty and need some deliming!

  6. Lisbeth Calandrino December 17, 2011 at 9:59 am

    You will never get old Paul because you are forever learning and are a role model for all of us.

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