September 11, 2019 18:04:09
They’ll tell you that all you need to do is work hard, fail often, learn from your mistakes, focus on your passion and persist until you reach your goals.
Some are climbing a mountain while others must smash a glass ceiling before they reach basecamp.
Wisdom can come in all shades
The two co-founders of the digital marketing agency I work for recently attended a conference hosted by superstar life coach Tony Robbins.
They were brimming with insights upon their return and ready to share their newfound wisdom.
The entire office gathered in a meeting room to listen to a presentation on the conference.
A recent Australian study claimed there are more chief executive officers named “Andrew” heading ASX 200 companies than there are women. It backs similar research into names like John, Peter or David.
What’s in a name?
Australian entrepreneur and chief executive and CEO of China Australia Millennial Project, Andrea Myles changed her name from Andrea to Andrew on LinkedIn in an experiment to see if she’d receive less misguided messages.
In a personal essay, she noted, “the response online was instantaneous”.
She noticed that she was taken more seriously and had her content re-explained to her less.
She also claimed, “I was connected with men of higher levels at more well-recognised companies.
Does having an ice bath every morning help you stay motivated? Sure. But so does having a conventional male name when getting people to read your emails and agree to meetings.
Is moving on really that easy?
In one of his most popular YouTube videos, he says that if you hate your job, you should just quit and find another.
“Go do your thing, you’re gonna die,” he exclaims. “It is your mum? Is it society? Is it your partner? Why are you not willing to take one step backwards, for a step for the rest of your life?”
For many, quitting your job and getting by while looking for your dream one isn’t practical. The unemployment rate in Australia remains at 5.2 per cent, despite the creation of 42,300 jobs in May, many of which were part-time.
And Commonwealth Bank economist Belinda Allen has attributed more people looking for work on “weaker household income growth, housing affordability and low return on investments for older workers”.
For many, quitting jobs and finding others that match their passions and dreams will also prevent them from keeping a roof over their heads.
We don’t all start out on the same track. (Unsplash: Bruce Mars)
Robbins’s current mission is to feed a billion people.
One of his most popular quotes is, “hunger is the only differentiation in people; it’s not talent”.
We all don’t start on the same racing track. We don’t even all start on the same playing field, let alone a level one.
Marnie Vinall is a freelance writer.
September 11, 2019 06:00:33