I’m often asked what determines success in the job market. For me two of the key ingredients are Determination and Discipline, or what I call the Double Ds!
The two are inextricably linked and when combined with skill, form an extremely powerful combination.
Back in 2006/2007 I enrolled on and ultimately completed the world famous International Yoshinkan Senshusei Aikido Course in Tokyo, Japan – commonly known as the ‘Course’.
An 11-month boot camp of Martial Arts training four hours a day, five days a week, not to mention the cleaning and ceremonial duties, is a daunting task.
What got me through this and what did the ‘Course’ teach me?
Determination was the starting point – to continue training through extremes of temperature and intense pain while continually being screamed at by the Instructor requires determination and lots of it. I remember in a particular class one of the Japanese students broke his arm – he calmly finished the class and was back on the mat the following day – some might say he was crazy but I saw determination like I’d never seen before.
At the outset the 5.20am wake up alarm was tough and finishing each class even tougher, but through the discipline of training and the repetition of technique the process became much, much easier.
In essence determination (and the refusal to quit) combined with the discipline of doing regular and repeated action combined to form a magical cocktail of success.
So, you might be thinking, what does this have to do with the job market?
Well it has everything to do with the job market and life in general.
For many, especially those in a redundancy situation, finding yourself on the job market and in unchartered territory is extremely scary. Determination to get out there to develop skills, techniques and networks to find that next position is absolutely essential.
A common mistake that jobseekers make is a scattergun approach to making that next move which often takes over their entire being. If you’ve ever found yourself surfing job boards in the early hours of the morning then you’ll know what I mean. Here the discipline to form a plan and take regular and repeated action is the second ingredient for success.
Let’s be honest, determination is great but often wanes. Adding discipline to the mix keeps that determination strong and focused and means it’s less likely to fade away.
On the ‘Course’ we had a common saying that ‘the pain will end’ and it always did. If you’re out of work and looking for that next move remember it’s only temporary – combine determination and discipline and in time you’ll find that next opportunity!
For more information on the Senshusei Course watch this video.