The Odd One OutStanding Career Strategy How to Develop A Purpose-Driven Career Embracing the Odd One

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by Claudia Baier

The Odd One OutStanding Career Strategy

Claudia Baier

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Preface I wrote this book for you because I know how it is to be in a position of unemployment as well as being in a position that does not fulfill but actually causes more stress and at the same time does give the wanted money return. This book will give you new ideas as well as brings to you the best ideas from great books out there that helped me land the jobs I wanted. Additionally, at the end of this book you will find a list of the books I used as well to learn great strategies.

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Dedication

This is my first book and I would like to dedicate it to people that inspired me throughout the years to be and do my best, to never give up and focus on what is great in the world: my mom, my dad, Anthony Robbins and my best friend in Los Angeles, Omar Barragan.

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Acknowledgements In order for this book to be written, there were many people who inspired me, guided me with their advice and their books. I would like to acknowledge Jeffrey J. Fox, Anthony Robbins, Joseph McClendon III, Chris Pires (an author and a friend), Robin Ryan, Cynthia Shapiro, MBA, ELC, PHR, Matthew J. DeLuca & Nanette F. DeLuca and Arch Lustberg for their amazing books. I seriously suggest you also read their books for an even better overview of the Odd One OutStanding strategy. Furthermore, I would like to acknowledge and thank Omar Barragan for editing my book. rock! You freakin’

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Chapter 1 - My Story – How to go from Couch Potato to a Life with a Mission

Everybody feels like the Odd One OutStanding from time to time. The question is how you deal with it. Are you focusing on how it makes you stronger or how you do not fit in? Most of us have had the “pleasure” of experiencing this early in our childhood during school. If you did not fit in, they beat you down…either with their words or their fists. So a lot of us tried avoiding being the Odd One OutStanding …at least outside of our homes. It is time for us to embrace the Odd One OutStanding inside of each and every one of us, being proud and showing how awesome we really are.

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The Initial Mistakes

Throughout school I was an average student. During university, my grades slipped since my ADD started to developed. Throughout school, I was forced by the school requirements to do internships. These helped me sell myself later when it came to finding a job. My first resumes were just as silly as most of the ones employers receive today: focused on myself, what I wanted, written without much thinking or focus on what the employer wanted to achieve. So why would an employer want to hire me?

The First Learning Experiences

During the time I worked and studied in the USA, I started to collect books on career, management and self-improvement. One of these books was “Don’t Send a Resume” by Jefferey J Fox. This book

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started the search for books that embraced the “Odd One OutStanding” strategy since I have always felt like the Odd One OutStanding all my life. I found more and more books that provided me with great value and tools to prepare myself for the job search, the interviews and the jobs itself.

The Ultimate Career Success Formula

During my first interview after university I pretty much blacked out and looked like an idiot. Not my shiniest moment. The embarrassment of that

experience drove me to focus more and more on learning what I can do to ace the interview. I read and re-read the books I thought I already knew. I kept changing my approach until I found the right company and the right approach to sell my capabilities to that company. That company was a recruitment agency.

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I was hired as a recruitment consultant helping people find their next position. During that time I learned a lot about how recruiters think about candidates and about the client. The focus is to get the candidate that is the best fit for the company who is paying the recruitment agency, not the best company for the candidate. I learned that you can have the best positions, the most well-known companies on your CV/resume and still be

considered dangerous material in an employer’s and recruiter’s eye if you only stayed one year here and two years there without a good explanation.

I took in all the tips and tricks I could while I was working there. I liked the aspect of helping someone finding a new position but I did not like the aspect of not really being able to care for the candidate as much as I wanted.

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In the following years I studied the area of career on a deeper level, read even more books that promote the “Odd One OutStanding” principle and ended up being hired by one of the most important IT companies worldwide: the Oracle Corporation.

I prepared very well for the interview, knowing my outcome, my reasons why and making sure that the interviewers feel safe with me and confident that I am the right candidate. I was invited to a meeting with my future supervisor. I considered that meeting the final interview. Little did I know that the decision of hiring me was already taken after the two previous phone interviews, one of which came out of the blue at 7pm one evening.

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How to Convince even Before you Get to the Face-2-Face Interview

I focused on connecting with the interviewer on a personal and professional level. During the socalled interview, he was showing me around the office, introducing me to my future colleagues and then having the final talk to convince me to work for the company. During that conversation, I asked questions to see how close I was to getting the job, since I could not believe they would hire me without having met me personally before. One of these questions was: “What is necessary for me to do or say so you are convinced I am the right candidate?”

The interviewer’s response was ”The decision has already been made.”

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Throughout the next few years, I focused on developing success stories for my resume. Two of these stories were Becoming the Top Achiever of the Foundation Bootcamp and Getting an Award

throughout my time at the company.

“To find a career to which you are adapted by nature, and then to work hard at it, is about as near to a formula for success and happiness as the world provides. One of the fortunate aspects of this formula is that, granted the right career has been found, the hard work takes care of itself. Then hard work is not hard work at all.” Mark Sullivan

Watch Yourself

However, my plan was not too detailed to really get me what I wanted. The problem was however that I

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was not 100% sure of what I wanted to do for a living. So I took what I could get and what sounded great to me. I wanted to work in marketing, since I studied international marketing. But the thought of it did not seem to give me the drive to go 100% for that goal. Since I was not sure what I wanted to do, I just went for being the best. But it was not what I am that passionate about, I was working very hard on a constant basis for about 12 hours a day … until I burned out. I burned out because I was

exhausting my body with a job that I was not passionate about and a diet that was truly depleting my body from energy, because I was not living in the city I love and because I let my negative emotions run my life.

By accident, I stumbled over a book that showed me a way to release the stress and physical pain that

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was caused by the fear of losing my job. I developed that fear because I was not 100% fulfilled by my job, had trouble with a few co-workers and did not have enough energy to be 100% successful at my job. Using that technique freed me from that fear as well as the physical pain in my shoulders and neck that was caused by the stress the fear brought up.

The Wake-up Call

During the toughest time in my career, I was given a wake-up call. I was invited to a program from Tony Robbins, my idol. It cost me about 1,000 EUR. Even though I was already in debt, I decided to invest in this program and reaped the rewards within a week of attending the program. It all came from a change in perspective and attitude toward

myself, money and life which led me to release

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my debt, save up more money, develop a mission for my life and find my purpose.

After I came back from the program, I felt like I am meant to do more than just selling software. I kept telling myself and people that I did not want to work at that company and in this position anymore. Guess what?! One week after I came back, I was laid off. First, I was shocked of course. After a second of thought, I smiled, grinned actually. My face was happier than my supervisor’s and the HR Director’s who then told me that I would receive a severance pay and two more months of pay. This helped me be released from all of my debts, including those from university. People could not believe that I was happy with the situation since usually people are desperate when being let go. That was in March 2009.

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A Successful Plan

During the week before I was laid off and for the following two months, I developed a plan for finding a new career that makes me happy and wealthy, a career that would give me the power to live and work legally in Los Angeles, California, a city I adored since I lived there the first time in 2003.

Initially, I wanted to work in marketing, and then consulting. On the way back from an interview in London, I pondered about the ideal career, what I love doing, what I hated and what I did well in my past. Then it hit me! I want to be a Personal Development Coach. At that time, I decided to do it not for profit but to get experience. I had doing coaching friends and family for many years with great results but decided to take it up professionally

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that day. I still went on different interviews getting closer and closer to coaching.

Then I went to an event by Joseph McClendon III, Tony’s head trainer. During this event, I got to know a gentleman, who taught me an interesting way of approaching employers which you will learn about in this book. Here, I learned a lot of tools and strategies that I could add to my toolbox for my coaching. The day after I came back from the event, I had the final interview with VMware, an international IT company. The same day, I received two job offers, one with VMware in Ireland and one in London. About a week later, I packed my bags (so to speak) into my car and drove up to Cork, Ireland. That was in June 2009.

Throughout the weeks, I had developed a plan (which we will look further into in the coming chapters) for my successful coaching business

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which also included the position I held with VMware as a stepping stone. Every task I did at that company in that position and every time I volunteered my services for the company, I related to the ultimate goal of my coaching business. In the first six months, I managed to be one of 300 top sales people in whole of VMware worldwide and was invited to the President’s Club. During the day, I was working 100% for VMware. During the evenings, nights and weekends, I was working 100% on setting up my business for about six months. Once I was visiting Los Angeles in

November 2009, I started interviewing consultants over the phone and face to face. After deciding on being a coach instead of a consultant, which was facilitated by Jairek Robbins, the son of Tony Robbins, who himself is a powerful coach, I signed up with the and International completed Coach about Academy 90% of in the

Australia

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certification

requirements

within

6

months.

Furthermore, I also completed the exam part of the EFT1 Certification within only a few weeks.

In the meantime, I am developing my own company with which I am following my heart, passion and mission. In my company, I am creating revenue and income on several levels ensuring my safety.

Additionally, I am building up a second company together with a strong partner in Los Angeles.

This book will make you familiar with the best of the strategies that combined are proven to create results that lead to a job offer, a career and a life with a mission. I included exercises and worksheets that guide you to the ideal career and mission for you.

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique, which is a special tool for coaches, therapists and psychologists to help their clients release negative emotions and the related physical pain.

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“Whatever career you may choose for yourself doctor, lawyer, teacher - let me propose an avocation to be pursued along with it. Become a dedicated fighter for civil rights. Make it a central part of your life. It will make you a better doctor, a better lawyer, a better teacher. It will enrich your spirit as nothing else possibly can. It will give you that rare sense of nobility that can only spring from love and selflessly helping your fellow man. Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in.” Martin Luther King

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Key Take Aways Resource: “Don’t Send a Resume” by Jefferey J Fox. Keep changing your approach until you

succeed! Prepare very well for the interview, knowing your outcome, your reasons why and making sure that the interviewers feel safe with you and confident that you are the right candidate. Focus on connecting with the interviewer on a personal and professional level. “What is necessary for me to do or say so you are convinced I am the right candidate?” is a question that sells you on getting the job. But be aware of cultural differences! Focus on developing success stories for your resume while you are employed.

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You are running the risk of burning out if you are exhausting your body with a job that you are not passionate about and a diet that is truly depleting your body from energy, and letting your negative emotions run your life. All it takes is a change in perspective and attitude toward yourself, money and life which can lead you to release your debt, save up the money you want, develop a mission for your life and find your purpose. Develop a plan for finding a new career that makes you happy and wealthy (not just

financially but more importantly, emotionally). Include the position you are now holding as a stepping stone.

“A great leader's courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” John Maxwell

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More Support from the Odd One OutStanding Freedom, Purpose and Turnaround Coach

Now, that you are done with reading and working through the book, how do you feel? My expectation is that you feel inspired, are closer to finding or creating the position you want and have more confidence in the fact that you can do anything you want.

If you feel you want to continue the search and get totally immersed in improving this area of your life, want some guidance and support while you walk the walk, there are other avenues to look into.

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This book is also available as a mini series with the three topics: 1. The Odd One OutStanding Career, 2. The Odd One OutStanding Way of Getting the Position You Want, 3. The Odd One OutStanding Way of Becoming the High Flyer in Your New Company. This book is also available as an Audio book on mp3. There are also recorded one-on-one coaching sessions on this topic available. Learn from others in the Online Odd One OutStanding Career Bootcamp. Receive individualized attention and strategies during the One-on-One Coaching with Claudia Baier. Free articles on the subject on the website: www.davinciturnaround.com. You can find more information about the book on www.theoddoneoutstanding.com.

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Claudia Baier is also available for seminars and presentations institutions. to groups, associations and

Contact Details:

o Claudia Baier o Email: cbaier@theoddoneoutstanding.com o Website: www.davinciturnaround.com o Book Website: www.theoddoneoutstanding.com o German Phone: +49 3661 624336 o US Phone: +1 323 319 5159

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