USUALLY at the MTV Video Music Awards each year, SOME artist attempts to out-shock something another artist did the year prior, i.e. a truly bizarre/awesome/horrific stage outfit, excessively foul language, a (surprise!) mega-star vocal duo, etc…. and THAT’s always the ‘water cooler talk’ the next day across social media, at the office, etc. But at the recent 2013 Awards held in New York City, what Justin Timberlake did TOTALLY takes the cake…and it is THE most significantly and impactful thing you can EVER do for your career….
And it’s quick, practical and POWERFUL beyond your WILDEST dreams!
During his Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award acceptance speech, JT thanked his former band mates NSync (who briefly performed with him that night on stage) for their huge part in his career success to date. JT made a point to say that out of the 14 VMA awards he has won throughout his musical career, HALF of his VMAs were won during his time with NSync…and while this award will sit at his house, it is truly meant to be shared with the rest of the guys.
The extent to which JT went, to publicly express his genuine respect and appreciation for his former band mates AND their part in who he was TODAY was far beyond ‘’nice’, ‘politically correct’ or ‘expected’…
You see, it’s not just that he genuinely loves what he does and he works hard at it (which is obvious), but that he values the unique contribution others have made to his path to success, AND…he’s not afraid to EXPRESS IT! (he also dedicated the award to his grandparents).
And do you think JT would be where he is today if it was otherwise?
(Note: rhetorical question, but the answer is No!)
And not only THAT, do you think that any of the guys in NSync will EVER forget this moment?
YOU BET THEY WILL!….(and gladly!)…
SO, just HOW does this relate to YOUR career?
Consider that every job, manager and colleague, etc. YOU’VE ever had (positive or negatively associated) have contributed significantly to your own lessons learned, insights, knowledge and wisdom gained, and who you are today.
DON’T FORGET to thank those you appreciate / remember most. They’ll never forget that you never forgot them.
AND, if you’re a MANAGER, or have responsibility for overseeing or managing others, do you acknowledge and thank YOUR TEAM for the good work they do when they do it? If not, it’s a great time to start.
Your attitude of gratitude will go a long way in terms of team productivity, morale and beyond, not only now, but WELL into your future.
And THAT my friends, is the story of creating genuinely Rockin’ ‘FANS’ who will gladly follow and help you throughout the duration of your career…
…um, and it’s also the story of my instantaneously ignited “Career Crush” on Justin Timberlake 😉
(Ahem, Justin, if you’re still in town, let’s grab coffee and chat more about your career, so I can share it with my readers. And if you don’t drink coffee, I make a mean masala chai. Hit me up. )
And ‘you might hate me, but it ain’t no lie…bye bye bye bye BYE!’
Action Item #1: Take a moment to think about those people who have made a truly significant, priceless impact (perhaps obviously or not so obviously) in YOUR career/life.
Action Items #2: REACH OUT to them TODAY to acknowledge and THANK them (a simple phone call, email or LinkedIn message will do…or even just an invite for coffee/tea, for the sake of reconnecting).
They’ll never forget that you never forgot them.
Action Item #3: Leave a comment below, sharing what you think about this simple (but extraordinarily powerful) attitude of gratitude action, and how you plan to incorporate (or how you have successfully incorporated) it more into your life, going forward.
About the Author
Vicki Aubin – The Rockin’ Career Coach is based in New York City and helps rising professionals kick-start the career of their dreams. With over a decade in Human Resources and Recruiting (Campus, Experienced, Executive, Headhunting), she offers smart, savvy strategies for a kick-ass career they never taught you in (or out of!) college.
In addition to being a featured guest on LinkedIn’s Ask the Expert Series and a volunteer Career Counselor at New York University’s Wasserman Center for Career Development, Vicki regularly guest blogs and hosts TweetChatsfor SheNOW.
When she’s not in Career Coach mode, you can find her drumming, singing or operating as her alter ego, Senior Dance Company Member at Bollywood Funk NYC. She blogs, tweets, ‘pins’, ‘faces’ and ‘links’ regularly, and is the author of 22 Secrets to a Kick-Ass Interview. Get it FREE now: http://www.therockincareercoach.com/free-gift/