519. Not Job Hunting. Job CAMPAIGNING.
Jay’s credentials include not knowing what he wanted to be when he grew up and being fired by his best friend at age 39. Soon after this humiliating event, he began working harder on himself than anything else. And it was this single transformation that would forever change his life and his career.
Today, Jay Block is recognized as America’s #1 motivational career and rapid employment expert. He is a best-selling McGraw-Hill author of 12 titles, and most importantly, has helped tens of thousands of people achieve workplace success and fulfillment over the past 26 years.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
“Sports, sports, sports were what engaged me from an early age. In fact, I think sports saved my life, kept me busy and out of trouble.” Growing up in a town in Massachusetts that hadn’t had a winning basketball team since 1959, Jay recalls, “This is where dreams come true! My friend and I decided back in seventh grade that we would be co-captains of the high school basketball team and make it to the state championships for the first time in 14 years. We had winning seasons our sophomore and junior years, and made it to the state tournament our senior year. That’s what really taught me that dreams can come true if you’re willing to believe in them and commit. That was my first introduction to the possibility of fulfilling dreams.”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
“I relocated to South Florida in 1986 to live life like Don Johnson of the top-rated TV series of the 1980s, Miami Vice. For a while I was sporting a white suit, tee-shirt and sandals, and operating a Scarab powerboat. Today, some 30 years older, I have no boat or white suit, but I do write motivational career and employment books and online programs. When I’m not working hard on my career, I enjoy yoga, snow skiing, off-road Jeeping, family time, and living the Florida lifestyle, hoping my son doesn’t make fun of his dad when he performs his comedy routines at the Palm Beach Improv.”
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“Landing the job you want—at the pay you deserve—is about campaigning for that right job, not searching or hunting. To do that, you must believe in yourself. You must love the product you’re selling, namely yourself. For most people, selling themselves with passion, pride and confidence is not natural or comfortable. When you make a shift in thinking and proactively control what you can control—and campaign for your next best job using the 5 Steps to Rapid Employment system—rapid employment is virtually guaranteed!”
Steps to Success from Jay Block
1. Learn to believe in yourself and take responsibility for your life.
2. Work harder on yourself than on anything else.
3. Remind yourself, “If it is to be, it is up to me.”
4. Turn the drudgery of job-hunting into a dynamic, energized campaign
On His Bookshelf
5 Steps to Rapid Employment: The Job You Want at the Pay You Deserve, by Jay A. Block
Great Answers, Great Questions For Your Job Interview, by Jay A. Block and Michael Betrus
2500 Keywords to Get You Hired, by Jay A. Block and Michael Betrus
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