Essay

BA 1100

Henderson

Fall 2019

 

 

Johnny Bunko

 

 

Johnny Bunko

The Golden Egg

It’s nice to believe that you can map out every step ahead of time and end up where you want.  But that’s not how it works. Change occurs. Ten years from now, skills you are learning today may not be relevant. Your job might not exist.  Your industry might not even exist.

 

 

Johnny Bunko

Tell Me Why

You can do something for instrumental reasons – because you think it’s going to lead to something different, regardless of whether you enjoy it or not

You can do something for fundamental reasons – because you think it’s inherently valuable, regardless of what it may or may not lead to

 

 

Johnny Bunko

The Right Kind of Mistake

Too many people spend their time avoiding mistakes.  They’re so concerned about being wrong that they never try anything new which means they never learn anything. To learn, we have to try, and we have to make mistakes.

 

 

Johnny Bunko

There is no plan BUT… planning is important

Why try to plan your career when we know change is inevitable? It’s good to visualize where you want to be in 20, 30 or 40 years, and understand the values that you wish to be remembered for… not the exact route to get there

 

 

Johnny Bunko

Think Strengths, Not Weaknesses

People hire based on strengths, not weaknesses. People become rich, or achieve happiness because of their strengths, not because they balanced out their weaknesses

 

 

Johnny Bunko

It’s Not About You – People who rise to the top are people who offer value to others, not people who take the value of others and contribute nothing.

Are you useful to your organization? Are you useful to your peers? Are you useful to the community as a whole? If you are, you have value. If you’re not – if all you do is use others’ resources – you don’t have much value in your career.

 

 

Johnny Bunko

Persistence Trumps Talent – The person that tries and fails then gets back up and tries again is usually in a better place than the person who succeeds right off the bat. Why? They’ve picked up intrinsic skills along the way and they’ve learned that it’s okay to fail.

 

 

Johnny Bunko

Make Excellent Mistakes- You’re going to make a mistakes. Make them in a way that shows off positive traits as well. This often better than making no mistakes at all. Don’t be afraid to step up to the plate for fear of failure. Instead, try. You might fail – but if you try, you will gain from the experience

 

 

Johnny Bunko

Leave an Imprint/a legacy – Your actions should always leave a mark on what you’re doing. If you’re working on something over a long period and your contributions can’t clearly be seen, what difference does it make if you were never there at all? You make a mark by putting forth extra effort. You make a mark by standing up for things you believe in.

 

 

Johnny Bunko

There’s a popular saying: “Do what you love.” It should read, more accurately, “Love what you do.” Take the job, learn to live in the moment and love it, master it, and doors will open for you if you’re good at what you do. Turn it into a passion if you can. The most frequent life advice I give people is, be really careful who your friends are. Your friends should be better than you. Your friends should take you to new levels. A lot of people will just hang out with the same friends, and they don’t see that their friends are pulling them down. My mother used to tell me if you hang around with dogs, you become a dog

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