Life, careers and entrepreneurship by John Fees

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Life is more than your identity at work. A company is more than a job. A career is more than a job. In total, jobs, companies and the career path we follow are held together by the relationships and reputation we build along the way.

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  • Great job with this John! It is great to see the importance you are placing on passion and really helping direct students to prioritize and define their knowledge and skill sets. An ’entrepreneurship’ mentality is important now more than ever whether they are starting a business or not. I found this 20 Trends for 2020 report from Intuit a good read as well. Check out #14 regarding Free Agent Employment. http://about.intuit.com/futureofsmallbusiness/ It will really drive home the point that people need to find their passions and feel comfortable with their knowledge and skill sets because there will be no more ladders.

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  • XXX - one of the great minds in marketing and the archetect of American Express’s Membership Has its Rewards - told me that all great marketing is about telling a story.
    I am not a particularly good story teller - but I think our careers are not our lives, but they do fill many chapters of our life’s story
  • XXX - one of the great minds in marketing and the archetect of American Express’s Membership Has its Rewards - told me that all great marketing is about telling a story.
    I am not a particularly good story teller - but I think our careers are not our lives, but they do fill many chapters of our life’s story
  • Life, careers and entrepreneurship by John Fees

    1. 1. Creating a Life, Career & Passion for Entrepreneurship Your life and career are not a ladder…. They are the sum of your knowledge, passions, skills and networks. John T. Fees - @johntfees / or accessvg.com - 2015
    2. 2. New Life and Career Model Pyramid Foundation = Stability Ladders are Unstable What do you want your life to represent, your greatest values What do you know? What have you learned – this year, in total Who do your purpose and passion connect you to = your network What are your enduring passions? What do you know how to do? What have you added this year? John T. Fees - @johntfees / or accessvg.com - 2014
    3. 3. As it Applies to Me Entrepreneur  Previous ASU Student Leader / Search Committee for ASU President  Member of Parliament Intern in UK – student loan reform  Law School = No / student teaching = No /  Volunteered & hired by ASU Alumni Association  Move to Boston for Wife’s Career – No Business School Acceptance (problem of not sharing my goals)  Sold myself as an expert to Affinity Credit Card companies – MBNA / First USA  Accepted and Enrolled at Harvard Business School –  Started first business 1999 (age 31)  Business acquired by JP Morgan / Chase in 2006  Business acquired by MTV in 2006  Started 3rd business in 2007 – closed quickly  Started 4th business in 2009 College / Early Career Knowledge Skills Purpose Driven John T. Fees - @johntfees / - January 2015
    4. 4. –Who are you around? –What are they doing to you? –Is that OK? –Questions from Jim Rohn. Who are You Becoming Your friends make you – so choose them wisely - John McCallion (My Grandfather) John T. Fees - @johntfees / or accessvg.com - 2015
    5. 5. John T. Fees - @johntfees / - January 2015 Entrepreneurs Change the World “If I’d asked my customers what they wanted, they’d have said a faster horse.” -Henry Ford
    6. 6. EntrepreneurshipEntrepreneurship Everyone can be entrepreneurial – but not everyone should start a business John T. Fees - @johntfees / - January 2015
    7. 7. Largest Problems Are the Largest OpportunitiesLargest Problems Are the Largest Opportunities John T. Fees - @johntfees / - January 2015 Mission Driven Ventures What Problems Interest You • Iwalk (limb replacement / disability) • The Kahn Academy (math) • Nova Cure (Cancer) • Iora Health (new primary care) • Zappos (shoes) • Warby Parker (eye glasses) • TerraPower (nuclear energy) • Availability of Energy • Affordable Health Care • Availability of Clean Water • Affordable food / Hunger • Infectious Disease • Climate Change Entrepreneur action is essential to addressing the worlds problems
    8. 8. Who are you around? What are they doing to you? Is that OK? Who are You Becoming John T. Fees - @johntfees / - January 2015
    9. 9. Your friends make you – so choose them wisely -John McCallion (My Grandfather) John T. Fees - @johntfees / - January 2015
    10. 10. – Read books – Try new things – Volunteer for growth – Internships – College – Clubs – Start-something – Take chances Finding Your PassionFinding Your Passion John T. Fees - @johntfees / - January 2015
    11. 11. Careers & Coaches • “There are always those who know how working for those who know why - through history you understand why? – Success comes from knowing why – Failure often comes from not knowing how” • Sam Fees (DAD) John T. Fees - @johntfees / - January 2015
    12. 12. New Life and Career Model Build your Pyramid What do you want your life to represent, your greatest values, your purpose? What do you know? What have you learned – this year, in total Who do your purpose and passion connect you to = your network What are your enduring passions? What do you know how to do? What have you added this year? Knowledge Skills John T. Fees - @johntfees / - January 2015
    13. 13. • You are more than your “day” job. • Don’t let your identity become just your job. • Find a mentor or 3! • Look for opportunities – Volunteer for growth – Moonlight, start-up, explore – Attend conferences – Take chances Tips to Finding Your Passion & PurposeTips to Finding Your Passion & Purpose Not just a job, but a passion portfolio John T. Fees - @johntfees / or accessvg.com - 2015 • Prioritize your passion(s) • Network to find your passion(s) • Follow your curiosities— informational interviews, volunteering • Seek mentors • Network with your passion(s) • Easy to do through LinkedIn • Volunteer – try things • Integrate your passions into your life/career • Develop skills, experiences, resume deliverables
    14. 14. EntrepreneurshipEntrepreneurship • Mindset • Everyone can be entrepreneurial – but not everyone should start a business • Moral compass required • Do what you love, the money will follow • Ideas alone are not sufficient, the ability to attract and lead talented people to execute on your vision is vital to being a successful entrepreneur • Small businesses are great / but high potential ventures are best • Choose growth markets John T. Fees - @johntfees / or accessvg.com - 2015
    15. 15. Must Reads • First Discover Your Strengths – Buckingham • What I wish I knew when I was 20 - Selig • The Purple Cow – Seth Godin • Discover your Career in Business - T. Butler • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Covey • Ship of Gold – Binder a story of passion / entrepreneurship Also – Twitter Topics / Individuals - @johntfees John T. Fees - @johntfees / or accessvg.com - 2015
    16. 16. New Life and Career Model Build your Pyramid What do you want your life to represent, your greatest values, your purpose? What do you know? What have you learned – this year, in total Who do your purpose and passion connect you to = your network What are your enduring passions? What do you know how to do? What have you added this year? Knowledge Skills John T. Fees - @johntfees / or accessvg.com - 2015
    17. 17. No Regrets! Make service to others, your passions, and your relationships a priority and success will follow. John Kobara, mentor John T. Fees - @johntfees / or accessvg.com - 2015
    18. 18. PASSION MISSION PROFESSION VOCATION PURPOSE
    19. 19. It’s Your Life – Live it - & Remember: No Whining John T. Fees - @johntfees / or accessvg.com - 2015
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