John Maxwell: How Do You Know If You Should Leave Your Job for a New Opportunity?

In today’s economy everyone has a side job, a dream business, a passion they want to follow. But how do we know if we should stay where we are or “Go for it”?

Leadership guru John Maxwell gave this advice in a recent interview on the Catalyst Podcast. He said that each of us must ask ourselves three questions:

Here’s to the Builders

I see a lot of good people creating positive pins, posts and pictures online. But I’m amazed at the number of people who seem to take joy in responding to them in a negative way. To that I say, “Let the haters hate. It’s what they do.”

And to all of you who are posting messages of hope and encouragement, keep’ em coming! As Wayne Dyer said, ” There are two ways to have the tallest building in town; you can work on your own building or you can wreck everyone else’s.” Here’s to the builders!

The Opportunity Cost of Success

If you’ve ever taken an economics class in college or been in the business world for any length of time, you’ve heard the term opportunity cost. Opportunity cost is the price you pay for an activity measured by what else you can’t do. In other words, if you choose A, you don’t get to do B. If you buy a candy bar then you don’t have a dollar for something else.

This concept smacked me in the face when I read an interview with Mark Victor Hansen, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul. In the interview Hansen stated that he believes we should get up about 15 to 30 minutes earlier each day to mediate, ruminate and plan our day. I believe in this concept and have wondered why more of us don’t put it into practice.

The answer is simple, opportunity cost. In order to get up earlier, we have to go to bed earlier (if we want the same amount of sleep). The opportunity cost of getting up to pray and meditate is too high.

I don’t think it’s limited to meditation either. I think many of us are merely interested in success, but the opportunity cost being successful is too big. So, I’ll ask you the same question I’ve been asking myself, “What am I willing to give up in order to have what I want”? Success isn’t free; it has an opportunity cost.