Organizational Aerodynamics – Chapter Eight – Organizational Talent

Organizational Aerodynamics

(Copyright 2000, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

Chapter Eight – Organizational Talent 

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It’s only fitting that I’m beginning to draft this block of instruction on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, because the beginning of a new year marks not only the changing of the calendar, but it also provides an ideal time for making resolutions and decisions concerning our hopes and dreams in life.  In case you’ve found our class for the first time, this is Organizational Aerodynamics – dedicated to helping you improve your life, family, organization and/or business – so that you can take your world to new levels!  This course helps you visualize your world in ways you may have never seen it before, in order to see your opportunities and potential in life from an entirely new perspective!

1.  A new year marks not only the changing of the calendar, but it also provides an ideal time for making resolutions and decisions concerning our hopes and dreams in life…

The previous block of instruction described how to identify the hopes, dreams, desires and passions of your heart, in order to understand the direction your heart wants you to choose for your life.  Your heart knows your true nature, which is what you would most love to do with your life if given the opportunity.  This chapter, Organizational Talent, seeks to illuminate how to turn your hopes, dreams, desires and passions into your calling and vocation in life.  A dream is but a dream until it’s turned into your reality, but dreams are very hard work – they won’t just fall into your lap.  You have to dedicate yourself to living your dreams, because if you don’t, no one else will.

2.  Turn your hopes, dreams, desires and passions into your calling and vocation in life…

3.  A dream is but a dream until it’s turned into your reality, but dreams are very hard work – they won’t just fall into your lap…

4.  You have to dedicate yourself to living your dreams, because if you don’t, no one else will…

A vocation is a calling or an inclination towards a profession or career that suits someone’s inner nature that they choose to follow. An avocation is a hobby, pastime or secondary interest someone has to their primary job.  Oftentimes, people choose a career for the income it provides them, but their true passion and vocation lies in their hobby – something they would long to do full-time for the rest of their lives – but can’t seem to find a way to make it happen.  Over time, they become dissatisfied with their day jobs and long to pursue their dreams and passion for their hobby full-time.  They seek to somehow find a bridge that they can crossover from the life they have, to the life they desire to have – but how?  All they have to do is simply build that bridge and walk across it…

5.  A vocation is a calling or an inclination towards a profession or career that suits someone’s inner nature that they choose to follow…

6.  An avocation is a hobby, pastime or secondary interest someone has to their primary job

7.  They seek to somehow find a bridge that they can crossover from the life they have, to the life they desire to have – but how?  All they have to do is simply build that bridge and walk across it…

Building a bridge to your dreams isn’t as hard as you might think, but the obstacles involved are many and varied.  First of all, you’ll often find a dichotomy once you decide to follow your dreams, in that many people will tell you it can’t be done and try to divert you away from your dreams instead of helping you achieve them.  Why would others try to discourage you from achieving your dreams?  The truth of the matter is that most people never live their dreams – for many different reasons – and because they haven’t, they don’t think anyone else can, either.  They become pessimists and naysayers, doubting that dreams can ever be lived – as if one only lives their dreams in fairy tales and daydreams.  The reality could be that they never identified their dreams correctly, didn’t really want to achieve them, let others discourage them and talk them out of following their dreams, and/or never made the difficult decisions or invested the time and effort that dreams require to fulfill them.  Ask any successful person who has achieved and lived their dreams, and they will almost universally tell you that it was not only difficult work to achieve them, but that other people were instrumental in helping them achieve their success.

8.  Building a bridge to your dreams isn’t as hard as you might think, but the obstacles involved are many and varied…

9.  Most people never live their dreams – for many different reasons – and because they haven’t, they don’t think anyone else can, either…

10.  The reality could be that they never identified their dreams correctly, didn’t really want to achieve them, let others discourage them and talk them out of following their dreams, and/or never made the difficult decisions or invested the time and effort that dreams require to fulfill them...

11.  Ask any successful person who has achieved and lived their dreams, and they will almost universally tell you that it was not only difficult work to achieve them, but that other people were instrumental in helping them achieve their success… 

At this point you’ve identified your hopes, dreams, desires and the passions of your heart – so what is the first step in living them?  The first step, is to make sure you’ve identified your specific dream correctly, in that it’s the one thing you would do for free for the rest of your life if given the opportunity to pursue it – even if you were never paid for the privilege.  Dreams are rarely, if ever, about the money you might make by achieving them, and if that’s the aim of your dream, then your purpose in dreaming it has been misplaced. While we all have to earn a living, money itself shouldn’t ever be the focus of a dream.  If you can say yes to the idea of pursuing your dream for free, if necessary, then the passion you hold for your dream is real and heartfelt.  Dreams require dedication, effort and commitment, and lacking any one of these three will almost always doom your dreams to failure.  You need a burning desire to focus on and achieve your dreams, and without it, you will easily be tempted to give up along the way before achieving them.

12.  The first step is to make sure you’ve identified your specific dream correctly, in that it’s the one thing you would do for free for the rest of your life if given the opportunity to pursue it – even if you were never paid for the privilege…

13.  Dreams are rarely, if ever, about the money you might make by achieving them, and if that’s the aim of your dream, then your purpose in dreaming it has been misplaced.  While we all have to earn a living, money itself shouldn’t ever be the focus of a dream…

14.  Dreams require dedication, effort and commitment, and lacking any one of these three will almost always doom your dreams to failure…

15.  You need a burning desire to focus on and achieve your dreams, and without it, you will easily be tempted to give up along the way before achieving them…

The second step in achieving your dreams is to not let anyone talk you out of pursuing them.  Many dreams that people have had in the past were thought impossible to achieve, yet there always has to be a first time for everything – it might as well be yours if it’s your dream.  At the same time, you have to apply some measure of common sense to your dreams and realize that some ideas are just not physically achievable. You probably won’t be the first person to ever tunnel to the absolute center of the Earth, nor will you be the first human to land on a planet orbiting Alpha Centauri.  You might discover a new principle of physics, land on Mars or mathematically explain the nature of time travel – but some dreams are physically outside the limits of human achievement – at least for now.  Most people achieve their dreams one step at a time, by understanding what they need to do and setting goals for achieving intermediate steps along the way.  Don’t expect to pitch a no-hitter in Game 7 of the World Series without first coming up through the ranks. Ask yourself, if what you choose to do has ever been done before, is in the realm of the possible, and if you have the dedication to follow through with it – and if so – then go for it!

16.  The second step in achieving your dreams is to not let anyone talk you out of pursuing them…

17.  Many dreams that people have had in the past were thought impossible to achieve, yet there always has to be a first time for everything – it might as well be yours if it’s your dream…

18.  Most people achieve their dreams one step at a time, by understanding what they need to do and setting goals for achieving intermediate steps along the way…

19.  Ask yourself, if what you choose to do has ever been done before, is in the realm of the possible, and if you have the dedication to follow through with it – and if so – then go for it…

Your dream should be personal and unique to who you are and what you aspire to do.  One of the ways to identify what your heart is set on doing, is to make sure that you’ve thought of it your own and are not simply co-opting something someone else has accomplished before. Your dream should be a reflection of who you are – your signature piece of work and your life’s ambition.  One key to remember, is that we often have multiple dreams over time, so don’t think this one dream is your only opportunity.  You may find that timing prevents you from accomplishing it at this time in your life, but years or decades from now the time might be right to pick your dream back up and run with it. Preparation is everything, timing is the key as the saying goes, so use any delay in accomplishing your dream to prepare yourself for once the timing is right.

20.  Your dream should be personal and unique to who you are and what you aspire to do…

21.  Your dream should be a reflection of who you are – your signature piece of work and your life’s ambition…

22.  One key to remember, is that we often have multiple dreams over time, so don’t think this one dream is your only opportunity…

23.  Preparation is everything, timing is the key…

Many career fields require a number of prerequisites in order to gain entry into the arena where your dreams can be pursued.  So if your dream involves specific credentials – like medical school, flight school, vocational qualifications or an apprenticeship – do your homework and lay the foundation required to achieve it.  Few dreams are accomplished in a single effort and most require completing an amazing number of individual steps before you are able to even begin your dream.  This process weeds out most people along the way, because they’re not dedicated or focused enough to stick to the work of preparation required to even qualify to achieve a particular dream.  You won’t become a Captain flying international routes for an airline into London and Paris if you’ve never achieved your first solo in a single engine plane.  Create a roadmap for achieving your dreams and study everything related to the effort.  There’s so much information available about any subject for free on the internet – like Organizational Aerodynamics – that makes it possible for you to learn about almost anything on your own.

24.  Few dreams are accomplished in a single effort and most require completing an amazing number of individual steps before you are able to even begin your dream…

25.  This process weeds out most people along the way, because they’re not dedicated or focused enough to stick to the work of preparation required to even qualify to achieve a particular dream…

26.  Create a roadmap for achieving your dreams and study everything related to the effort…

The failure rate for people trying to live their dreams is very high and competition in certain fields and professions can be quite intense, so if your dream requires some type of qualification or certification, you need to maximize your focus and determination to achieve your dreams. Most dreams fail because people don’t want to expend the effort or make the tough decisions necessary to prepare themselves to succeed.  If you dream of being a great artist, then go to art school and learn as many styles and techniques as you can.  Study the work of artists that have achieved success in the fields you’re interested in.  As in anything, you must do the work required to be successful: to be an artist you need to paint, sculpt and create; to be a photographer you need to take photos; to be a writer you must write; to be an athlete you must work out and compete; to be a dancer you must dance.  In many things in life, you have to do the work involved in the job prior to earning the title – sort of like being an understudy.  To be a doctor, start by being an orderly in a hospital changing bed pans while studying to go to college.  To be a pilot, take a job at a small airport doing anything you can that’s related to flying. To be an actor or actress, volunteer at a theater group in your town helping out backstage and study everything you can about the theater.  Immerse yourself totally in what you desire to do and experience the environment of your specific dream by working your way up from the ground floor.  This will help you decide if this is the dream you really want for your life.

27.  Most dreams fail because people don’t want to expend the effort or make the tough decisions necessary to prepare themselves to succeed…

28.  As in anything, you must do the work required to be successful: to be an artist you need to paint, sculpt and create; to be a photographer you need to take photos; to be a writer you must write; to be an athlete you must work out and compete; to be a dancer you must dance…

29.  Immerse yourself totally in what you desire to do and experience the environment of your specific dream by working your way up from the ground floor…

One of the most important elements in achieving your dreams, is the help and assistance you’re given by other people along the way. No one succeeds in any endeavor by accomplishing their dreams completely by themselves, but instead, they require the help of many people to achieve their goals.  No one is willing to help someone who is halfhearted or unmotivated to do the work required to achieve their dreams, but most everyone is willing to help someone who is doing everything in their power to lay a good foundation to follow their dreams.  Other people are often unaware of the personal challenges and hurdles that lay between you and your dreams, so explain to others what you desire to accomplish and what is preventing you from accomplishing it.  There’s a fine line between informing people and begging from them, so lay the facts out when necessary and let them be the ones to independently decide to assist you in overcoming your challenges.  People love to help others under the right circumstances, so position yourself to appeal to their kindness by already doing everything possible through your own efforts – and be able to explain your goals to them in a clear and appealing way.  You will find, especially when looking back at your journey, that other people were instrumental and critical to your success. Always remember to thank the people who have helped you and show them that their support for your dreams was a good investment of both their time and their resources.

30.  One of the most important elements in achieving your dreams, is the help and assistance you’re given by other people along the way…

31.  No one succeeds in any endeavor by accomplishing their dreams completely by themselves, but instead, they require the help of many people to achieve their goals…

32.  No one is willing to help someone who is halfhearted or unmotivated to do the work required to achieve their dreams, but most everyone is willing to help someone who is doing everything in their power to lay a good foundation to follow their dreams…

33.  Other people are often unaware of the personal challenges and hurdles that lay between you and your dreams, so explain to others what you desire to accomplish and what is preventing you from accomplishing it…

34.  People love to help others under the right circumstances, so position yourself to appeal to their kindness by already doing everything possible through your own efforts – and be able to explain your goals to them in a clear and appealing way…

Sometimes, despite our best efforts and preparation, we fall short of our dreams – it happens more often than you might guess.  We’ve all been there before, and at the time we think of ourselves as failures – but failing is often a necessary step on the journey to success.  We all fail at something along the way and most of us fail a good number of times at all stages of our lives – so you’re not a failure by failing – in fact you’re completely normal.  The truth is that failing is more normal than succeeding.  It’s how you bounce back from failure, that will most often allow you to succeed another day. Failure is simply a wake-up call for you to study what went wrong the first time.  Did you study enough?  Did you immerse yourself in the career-field as an understudy?  Did you practice your dream at whatever level you were capable?  Did you meet the people in your desired career-field that could have possibly assisted you?  Did you make the hard economic decisions to do whatever was necessary to place you in a position to succeed – like move to a new city, work a second or third job, sell off assets to raise funds, or take an entry-level/volunteer position in your desired career-field?  If this was your dream, then success often requires difficult decisions and hard work on your part in order to succeed.  You have to do the work, because success will never simply fall into your lap.

35.  Sometimes, despite our best efforts and preparation, we fall short of our dreams – it happens more often than you might guess…

36.  We all fail at something along the way and most of us fail a good number of times at all stages of our lives – so you’re not a failure by failing – in fact you’re completely normal…

37.  It’s how you bounce back from failure, that will most often allow you to succeed another day.  Failure is simply a wake-up call for you to study what went wrong the first time…

38.  Did you make the hard economic decisions to do whatever was necessary to place you in a position to succeed – like move to a new city, work a second or third job, sell off assets to raise funds, or take an entry-level/volunteer position in your desired career-field?

If you did everything right in your journey of pursuing your dream, but still fell short, then your dream requires reevaluation, recalibration and/or refocusing.  Perhaps your primary dream was to be an oil painter, but watercolors or pottery are your strong suits – go for what you’re great at!  Let’s say you wanted to be a doctor, but didn’t make the cut – what about being a physician’s assistant, nurse or hospital administrator instead?  Perhaps, you dreamed of being a pilot, but couldn’t pass the physical exam – what about being a Dispatcher,  a Flight Attendant, an Air Traffic Controller or take up the hobby of flying model airplanes? Maybe you wanted to travel but could never afford it – have you thought about being a Flight Attendant, Travel Guide or work aboard a cruise ship?  The point is, that sometimes our dreams are just out of our reach despite our best efforts.  If the career-field or nature of your dream was that important to you, then perhaps doing something else related to the career-field will satisfy you instead.  Oftentimes, our dreams require a number of adjustments along the way, and what we end up accomplishing is much more satisfying to us than our original dream could have ever been had it all worked out.

39.  If you did everything right in your journey of pursuing your dream, but still fell short, then your dream requires reevaluation, recalibration and/or refocusing…

40.  Oftentimes, our dreams require a number of adjustments along the way, and what we end up accomplishing is much more satisfying to us than our original dream could have ever been had it all worked out

We only have one life to live and how you use this precious gift is strictly up to you, but if you have a hope, dream, desire or passion that you long to pursue, it won’t simply fall into your lap.  Listen to your heart and identify what you would most like to do with your life, and then do the hard work required to prepare yourself for the opportunity to achieve your dreams.  Reach for the stars and follow your dreams, for you never know what you can achieve until you’ve tried your very best!  Your dreams really can come true – others have lived their dreams and you can, too!  When the day arrives that you have finally achieved your dreams, be sure to dedicate yourself to helping others achieve their dreams, too – especially those who could really use your expertise and a helping hand along the way! Bon voyage – enjoy the journey!

41.  Reach for the stars and follow your dreams, for you never know what you can achieve until you’ve tried your very best!  Your dreams really can come true – others have lived their dreams and you can, too!  When the day arrives that you have finally achieved your dreams, be sure to dedicate yourself to helping others achieve their dreams, too – especially those who could really use your expertise and a helping hand along the way!  Bon voyage – enjoy the journey!

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Organizational Talent

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1.  A new year marks not only the changing of the calendar, but it also provides an ideal time for making resolutions and decisions concerning our hopes and dreams in life…

2.  Turn your hopes, dreams, desires and passions into your calling and vocation in life…

3.  A dream is but a dream until it’s turned into your reality, but dreams are very hard work – they won’t just fall into your lap…

4.  You have to dedicate yourself to living your dreams, because if you don’t, no one else will…

5.  A vocation is a calling or an inclination towards a profession or career that suits someone’s inner nature that they choose to follow…

6.  An avocation is a hobby, pastime or secondary interest someone has to their primary job

7.  They seek to somehow find a bridge that they can crossover from the life they have, to the life they desire to have – but how?  All they have to do is simply build that bridge and walk across it…

8.  Building a bridge to your dreams isn’t as hard as you might think, but the obstacles involved are many and varied…

9.  Most people never live their dreams – for many different reasons – and because they haven’t, they don’t think anyone else can, either…

10.  The reality could be that they never identified their dreams correctly, didn’t really want to achieve them, let others discourage them and talk them out of following their dreams, and/or never made the difficult decisions or invested the time and effort that dreams require to fulfill them...

11.  Ask any successful person who has achieved and lived their dreams, and they will almost universally tell you that it was not only difficult work to achieve them, but that other people were instrumental in helping them achieve their success…

12.  The first step is to make sure you’ve identified your specific dream correctly, in that it’s the one thing you would do for free for the rest of your life if given the opportunity to pursue it – even if you were never paid for the privilege…

13.  Dreams are rarely, if ever, about the money you might make by achieving them, and if that’s the aim of your dream, then your purpose in dreaming it has been misplaced.  While we all have to earn a living, money itself shouldn’t ever be the focus of a dream…

14.  Dreams require dedication, effort and commitment, and lacking any one of these three will almost always doom your dreams to failure…

15.  You need a burning desire to focus on and achieve your dreams, and without it, you will easily be tempted to give up along the way before achieving them…

16.  The second step in achieving your dreams is to not let anyone talk you out of pursuing them…

17.  Many dreams that people have had in the past were thought impossible to achieve, yet there always has to be a first time for everything – it might as well be yours if it’s your dream…

18.  Most people achieve their dreams one step at a time, by understanding what they need to do and setting goals for achieving intermediate steps along the way…

19.  Ask yourself, if what you choose to do has ever been done before, is in the realm of the possible, and if you have the dedication to follow through with it – and if so – then go for it…

20.  Your dream should be personal and unique to who you are and what you aspire to do…

21.  Your dream should be a reflection of who you are – your signature piece of work and your life’s ambition…

22.  One key to remember, is that we often have multiple dreams over time, so don’t think this one dream is your only opportunity…

23.  Preparation is everything, timing is the key…

24.  Few dreams are accomplished in a single effort and most require completing an amazing number of individual steps before you are able to even begin your dream…

25.  This process weeds out most people along the way, because they’re not dedicated or focused enough to stick to the work of preparation required to even qualify to achieve a particular dream…

26.  Create a roadmap for achieving your dreams and study everything related to the effort…

27.  Most dreams fail because people don’t want to expend the effort or make the tough decisions necessary to prepare themselves to succeed…

28.  As in anything, you must do the work required to be successful: to be an artist you need to paint, sculpt and create; to be a photographer you need to take photos; to be a writer you must write; to be an athlete you must work out and compete; to be a dancer you must dance…

29.  Immerse yourself totally in what you desire to do and experience the environment of your specific dream by working your way up from the ground floor…

30.  One of the most important elements in achieving your dreams, is the help and assistance you’re given by other people along the way…

31.  No one succeeds in any endeavor by accomplishing their dreams completely by themselves, but instead, they require the help of many people to achieve their goals…

32.  No one is willing to help someone who is halfhearted or unmotivated to do the work required to achieve their dreams, but most everyone is willing to help someone who is doing everything in their power to lay a good foundation to follow their dreams…

33.  Other people are often unaware of the personal challenges and hurdles that lay between you and your dreams, so explain to others what you desire to accomplish and what is preventing you from accomplishing it…

34.  People love to help others under the right circumstances, so position yourself to appeal to their kindness by already doing everything possible through your own efforts – and be able to explain your goals to them in a clear and appealing way…

35.  Sometimes, despite our best efforts and preparation, we fall short of our dreams – it happens more often than you might guess…

36.  We all fail at something along the way and most of us fail a good number of times at all stages of our lives – so you’re not a failure by failing – in fact you’re completely normal…

37.  It’s how you bounce back from failure, that will most often allow you to succeed another day.  Failure is simply a wake-up call for you to study what went wrong the first time…

38.  Did you make the hard economic decisions to do whatever was necessary to place you in a position to succeed – like move to a new city, work a second or third job, sell off assets to raise funds, or take an entry-level/volunteer position in your desired career-field?

39.  If you did everything right in your journey of pursuing your dream, but still fell short, then your dream requires reevaluation, recalibration and/or refocusing…

40.  Oftentimes, our dreams require a number of adjustments along the way, and what we end up accomplishing is much more satisfying to us than our original dream could have ever been had it all worked out

41.  Reach for the stars and follow your dreams, for you never know what you can achieve until you’ve tried your very best!  Your dreams really can come true – others have lived their dreams and you can, too!  When the day arrives that you have finally achieved your dreams, be sure to dedicate yourself to helping others achieve their dreams, too – especially those who could really use your expertise and a helping hand along the way!  Bon voyage – enjoy the journey!

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