Your Career Mindset Shift.

December 29, 2019

Your Career Mindset Shift.

May 29, 2023

“Understand your unique value and take that forward into the world. Do not inherit labels others place upon you,” I told the 2019 graduating class in my keynote speech. The students immediately reacted and recognized what I meant. It seemed to resonate with them.

Does it resonate with you? You may have heard, “Don’t you want to retire by now?” or “Aren’t you too old to start a new venture?”

We can create new possibilities for ourselves at any time in our lives. It takes a growth mindset. And persistent action.

No one else has your unique combination of personal, life, working, business and professional experience – you have a unique value. Many of us don’t see it, don’t recognize it or don’t believe it.

But you have it.

Two questions you can ask yourself to help you identify this unique value

  1. What problems have you become good at solving in organizations?
  2. What is that thing you do that drives your passion, gives you so much reward, that you would almost do for free?

Write the answers to these two questions down. The combination of these answers will be revealing to you.

What amazing things will you do in the world, leveraging your unique value?


Mike Smith is a Forbes featured speaker, entrepreneur and business consultant and is the Founder & CEO of Hiring Stage connecting disruptive growth stage companies with experienced professionals who can dramatically improve the company’s chances of success. He is co-leader with Chip Conley of an MEA workshop March 8-15 that has an application deadline soon.

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