Success in the Career Jungle

Success in the Career Jungle Blog is a spinoff of the Amazon Best Selling Book, Navigating the Career Jungle. Both the book and blog emphasize the cornerstones of excellence, truth, honesty, ethics, hard work, respect, and continuing self-improvement for those wishing to experience success in their professional lives. As a young professional you just don’t know what you don’t know. Early on in your career, there may be a lack of realistic expectations in part due to popular culture that highlights the glamorous side of career growth without also showcasing the importance of hard work. #NTCJ book is a guide that provides concepts to establish best practices in achieving career success.
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#Repost from @jigga_jay_t with @repostapp —- About to get into this good book on Navigating The Career Jungle by my college friend Ms. Jacqueline Twillie @jvtwillie Thanks for the personalized touch! #ntcj #youngprofessionals #slualum #selualum (at www.JacquelineTwillie.com)

This week’s #FOLLOWFRIDAY Feature is full of energy, motivation, and has a passion to positively impact her community.

JVT:What industry are you in?
KB: I would describe my industry as community based and retail.

JVT:How did you get your start in your current industry?
KB: I started in this industry because of the poem “The Dash” by Linda Ellis. One of my relatives read this poem at one of my dear aunt’s funeral. The poem talked about what the dash represents between the date you were born through the date you transition. I was overwhelmingly inspired by the poem and decided to work on my dash. I wanted to volunteer more with non-profit organizations, advocate giving back to the community, and encourage kindness & gratitude. Renea Kantrell, LLC was established last month with this mission and I decided to launch “BELIEVE…Lip Gloss for a Cause” (coming October 2014) which is specifically designed to donate fifty percent of the proceeds to non-profit organizations in support of their mission.

JVT:What is your favorite quote?
KB: “Work for a cause, not for applause, live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.” ~Unknown

JVT: What’s your favorite movie?
KB: Coming to America

JVT:What’s your favorite tweet?
KB:Be so good, they can’t ignore you. ~Steve Martin

JVT:What is the best advice you’ve received?
KB:The best advice I have received was from my mom, “Do not worry about what everyone else is doing, just do what you are supposed to do”.

Here’s how you can connect with Kantrell
Website: www.reneakantrell.com Instagram: @reneakantrell

Jacqueline @JVTWILLIE was recently interviewed by Career Intelligence. She shares tips on how network to land your next job!

This week’s #FollowFriday Feature is Jonathon Walker. He is the owner of Some Assembly Required Atlanta.

www.saratl.com (coming soon)

Explain your industry in a few words
“Housing with a focus on home improvement, maintenance, and repair”

How did you get started in this industry?
“It is a passion I have long since had since a child, I grew up watching This Old House it was my HGTV before HGTV. An I finally got into industry when I got a job as a Maintenance Tech position for a apartment community where I lived.”

What is your favorite quote:
“I Am”

What’s your favorite Movie?
“Forest Gump”


Do you have a favorite Tweet?
Yes, I have a few favorite Tweets:
“I’m different… I can’t base what I’m gon be off-a what everybody isn’t…” @jayzclassicbars
“The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams” @iamdiddy

What’s the best advice you’ve recieved?
“I really can’t recall because it was always situational advice.”

You can connect with Jonathon @sar_atl IG and Twitter Pages for SAR inquires. His personal IG and Twitter is @Jon_of_God

fashionandsubstance:

It should come as no surprise that a person who enjoyed cleaning and organizing their room as a child and even voluntarily organizing their cousins games and books would find their way to interior design as an adult. That’s exactly what Monet Masters realized her calling was after having her passion confirmed by episodes of Trading Spaces, and coming to the conclusion that she could make a career out of decorating and organizing as an Interior Designer. I sat down with Monet to get the inside scoop on how it all came together for her. And to get some interior design advice on how to help your space come together connect with her at www.monetmasters.com.

The Substance:

Name: Monet Masters

Age: 27

Location: Atlanta, Ga.

Title: Owner/Principle Designer of Monet Masters LLC

Academics:Savannah College of art and Design

F&S: Why interior design

Monet: The passion was always in me. I didn’t realize I had the option open to me as a career until I started to learn more about the industry… Before that I honestly didn’t know what I was going to do. I thought about everything from the military to psychology.

F&S : Now more than ever we are seeing lots of entrepreneurs, and start ups all over the place, and lots of people right now are weighing the options of whether or not entrepreneurship is for them. What brought you to your decision?

Monet:

It was a big step of faith for me. But the company I was last with is what really pushed me forward… I felt like I was loosing some of my creativity, and with me already having the idea of starting own my own it just created the opportunity for me to go for it.

F&S: Starting and running a business can be stressful mentally, physically, and spiritually. What do you do to stay balanced and healthy?

Monet:

I completely view it from a spiritual perspective. I feel like when I keep God first He’s going I always be behind me. Working out for me works wonders when it comes to dealing with stress it’s a big reliever.

F&S: What great lessons have you learned about yourself and starting a business since you started you journey of starting up?

Monet:

I’m beginning to learn how motivated I can be. I don’t need someone micro managing me to keep me on the grind. Because I believe in my projects and I’m passionate about what I’m doing That’s what keeps me working all day. I’ve also learned to be more patient, and do more research to avoid some unnecessary mistakes in terms of the administrative part of starting a business. It saves so much more time and money in the long run if you’re patient and do your research.

F&S: Walk me through your typical day.

Monet:

Every day differs for me, depending on where I am on a project. So right now I’m in a phase where it’s time for me to start shopping for a project, so I am out of the bed by at least 9, and the first thing I do is devotion and prayer, then I hit the gym. After the gym I have breakfast while checking emails, but I don’t respond right away because that will consume me, so I read through and prioritize for how to respond later. Then I’ll check out my daily agenda and pick out 2-3 things that are mandatory and my goal is to try to knock those things out everyday.

F&S: Do you keep late hours?

Monet:

I use to not be able to go to bed past 11, now I have to stay up ‘til at least 12.

F&S: I love that you’ve said you believe in harnessing positive energy for a space… How do you do that?

Monet:

I typically do that by getting really personal with my clients. For me it’s really important that the clients can connect with the space personally and that it reflects them and that they have a sense of peace while their there. I do that by making sure their personality, desires, and their day-to-day activities can function with a sense of ease within the space. That’s what will develop that peace, because they can relate to it.

F&S : You describe your design aesthetic as modern, electric, and chic…. Explain to me what that looks like. Is that how you would describe your personal style?

Monet:

To me the chic is visually pleasing, stylistic, and trendy. The modern aspect can almost be anything depending on how it’s staged…. And when a space feels and looks alive, that’s electric to me. Yeah, I would say so…. My style is really eclectic. I love a lot of different things and they will all bounce off of each other and complement each other.

F&S: What piece should people spend some cash for in their home? What should save on?

Monet:

Invest your money in the larger items of the room… For example spend your money on quality seating for your living room. You can find low cost accessories anywhere now-a-days…. Target, thrift shops. Your accessories is what makes the room, but don’t cheat yourself on your sofa. If your sofa looks great it’ll make everything else look great. If you want to make a big impact in a room but still save money, paint a wall. Biggest transformation at a cheap price.

F&S:Where do you find your inspiration? What’s your favorite trends right now? What’s your favorite classic piece?

Monet:

I love Pinterest, but before Pinterest it was nature. Nature was my inspiration for my past two or three projects. It gives me my color scheme, the textures I want to use, and the feel for the space. Aside from that I make it a point to get all of the latest and greatest magazines to see what new products are coming out because sometimes products can be inspiration. I hate to say that I like trends at all. I hate the idea of something coming out and everybody just flocking to it. It’s so impersonal. I do however love the cluttered wall, with frames, mirrors, ornaments. Because I’m more eclectic, I don’t always like things clean and symmetrical.

F&S: What is your definition of femininity?

Monet:

It’s that natural, gut wrenching knowledge that women have (intuition). Sometimes we just know things because that’s our gift. It’s what defines us. We were born with this wisdom that doesn’t need to be developed, it’s already in us.

F&S: What’s your fashion addiction?

Monet: My cut off denim shorts! I love these shorts because I can where flip flops with them, cute sneakers, or heels.

F&S: Coffee or Hot Tea?

Monet: Tea.

Great interview !

My #wcw — Spurs Hire Becky Hammon as NBA’s First Female Full-Time Coach

You may have heard this before and it’s true, preparation leads to success. By following these three steps you’ll have opportunities knocking at your door in no time.

1. Time management
Manage your time by practicing discipline throughout your daily activities. This can mean waking up early, controlling the amount of time spent on emails, and ensuring that meetings end as scheduled.

2. Read
Knowledge is power! Reading expands your horizons and provides you with the advantage of being able to approach situations with a unique perspective. Push yourself to read content beyond your comfort zone.

3. Emulate Excellence
I use the hashtag #emulateexcellence daily. This phrase is a constant reminder of raising standards. When you emulate excellence you to never settle for “good enough”. You can open the door to new opportunities by emulating excellence in everything that you do.

There’s no better time than the present to begin preparing for the moment when opportunity knocks.

stanfordbusiness:

Networking “is crucial for getting things accomplished and making change inside organizations.” –Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer and Ross Walker (MBA ’05)
 The summer issue of Stanford Business magazine explores the theme of “Networks,” including research on building personal relationships, containing the spread of conflict in teams, and preventing war through trade alliances. Read it online → http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/news/bmag/ and let us know what you think in the comments below.

stanfordbusiness:

Networking “is crucial for getting things accomplished and making change inside organizations.” –Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer and Ross Walker (MBA ’05)

The summer issue of Stanford Business magazine explores the theme of “Networks,” including research on building personal relationships, containing the spread of conflict in teams, and preventing war through trade alliances.

Read it online → 
http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/news/bmag/ and let us know what you think in the comments below.

I often talk to people who have brilliant ideas but, they lack the spark that can turn their thoughts into actions. In today’s post, I’ll share 3 tips that I’ve used to turn my thoughts into actions!

1.Get a notebook
It may seem like a no brainer but, the sooner you can get your idea written down the better! I personally use a cominbination of electronic and traditional style notebooks. Keeping 3-4 notebooks at my fingertips ( next to my bed, in my jeep, in my purse, and my favorite electronic notebook app downloaded on both my iPhone and iPad).
2.Research your thought
Take time to research your idea. There’s no need to learn the hard way when you learn from someone else. Here a few questions you should consider while conducting your research:
Has it been done before?
Who’s doing something similar? 
What resources do you need to bring the idea to life? 
3. Get creative 
After careful research you’ll know which direction to take. You may or may not have the resources you need to become “an overnight success”. Use your creativity to help you find a way to make it happen! 
So, go ahead and get started! 
~ @JVTwillie

THIS WEEK’S #FOLLOWFRIDAY FEATURE IS Jennipher V. Williams, Esq., MSW

What industry are you in? 
LEGAL 

How did you get your start in your current industry? 
I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO BECOME A LAWYER. I PASSED THE FEBRUARY 2014 LOUISIANA BAR EXAM AND GOT ADMITTED TO THE PRACTICE OF LAW ON MAY 8, 2014. CURRENTLY I AM A CONTRACT ATTORNEY WITH THE IRIS: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CENTER IN BATON ROUGE, LA. PRIOR TO LAW SCHOOL I WAS A RESIDENTIAL AND COURT ADVOCATE FOR THIS AGENCY, THEN CALLED THE BATTERED WOMEN’S PROGRAM. ONCE I PASSED THE BAR EXAM I CONTACTED THE LEGAL DIRECTOR AND TOLD HIM I PASSED THE BAR. I WAS HIS LEGAL COURT ADVOCATE WHEN I WAS PREVIOUSLY EMPLOYED BY THE AGENCY  FROM 2007-2009. I VOLUNTEERED WITH THE AGENCY AS AN ATTORNEY FOR TWO WEEKS THEN HIRED AS A CONTRACT ATTORNEY. 

What is your favorite quote? 
JEREMIAH 29:11 I KNOW WHAT I’M DOING. I HAVE IT ALL PLANNED OUT-PLANS TO TAKE CARE OF YOU, NOT ABANDON YOU, PLANS TO GIVE YOU THE FUTURE YOU HOPE FOR. 

What is your favorite  movie? 
I DO NOT HAVE A FAVORITE MOVIE, HOWEVER I DO HAVE FAVORITE TV SHOWS SUCH AS SCANDAL, THE HAVE AND HAVE NOTS, BEING MARY JANE AND ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

What’s your favorite tweet?
 I DO NOT HAVE A TWITTER ACCOUNT

What is the best advice you’ve received ? 
THE BEST ADVICE THAT I HAVE RECEIVED IS TO NEVER GIVE UP N MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCE. THAT MY STORY HAS ALREADY BEEN WRITTEN AND GOD IS WORKING EVERYTHING OUT FOR MY GOOD. 

JENNIPHER CAN BE REACHED ON FB AT PH WILLIAMS-ESQ OR INSTAGRAM PHJD2013

Your career is in your hands. You are in control if it. Don’t complain about lack of opportunities, being passed for a promotion, or not getting this “awesome” job that you’re the perfect fit for. Why? Because, you have to do the work to prepare for the position that you want. Make it a priority to read, do so avidly! You will learn that reading is the secret to success . Turn off your TV, stop sitting around doing nothing, if you want more…. DO MORE! #EMULATEEXCELLENCE #careertip

Do whatever it takes to be successful; just make sure you do it with integrity.
Jacqueline Twillie

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