I can all hear you saying "but there isn't a green wiggle, there is just a Blue, Yellow, Purple and Red Wiggle"........... or perhaps if you weren't brought up in Australia or don't have small children you may also be saying "what is this bloke on about? What's a Wiggle?". Well, regardless of what your response is, what I am really on about is 'What is your calling in life?' Have I missed mine? Has it already happened or is there something left to come?
Let me explain - a few weeks ago I went to see the The Wiggles with my wife and my two youngest kids (Saffy 2.5 yrs old, Indie 7 months old). The theatre was full of children (mostly dressed as their favourite wiggle or captain Feather Sword) and Mums (also dressed in Wiggles fancy dress as well!). Anyway, I sat through the show and, as with most things, decided that full participation is the best way to enjoy life - so after 1 hour of signing Hot Potato, Do the Propeller, Fruit Salad, Rock a bye your bear......... I turned to my wife and said "I reckon I could be a Wiggle. I love kids, love entertaining, love singing and still have a few dance moves left in me". Admittedly I do have a few "I reckon......" or "I have a great idea...." moments every week (my business partner Sam Hurley from Marketing Entourage would also concur with this statement and not all come to fruition - we now have an ideas jar in the office!) but this time my wife said "I reckon you're right - you could be The Green Wiggle and just sneak in at the back, no one would know the difference."
Joking aside - how do you chose your career? My eldest daughter Cait is 16 and has just chosen her VCE subjects. She does have an idea of what career she would like to do but if you spend enough time as an entrepreneur and especially with a love of tech as an enabler like I do and you realise that Cait's actual career might not even exist yet. Career Advisors at school have a limited knowledge of opportunities and the way the world is changing (tech as an enabler, Internet of Things etc) you would be lucky for them to suggest anything outside traditional careers. How many times do you think they would say "I reckon your career lies in being a FinTech Consultant for an IT firm focused on developing solutions for purpose driven people wanting to create change in the world........"
So how do you chose? I suggest to all my kids that they ask people what they do when they meet them. If you want to be a midwife or scientist or actor then find one and ask them what it's really like. We all take it for granted - you should try it, just ask the next person you meet in a bar/ coffee shop/ sitting next to watching kids sport what they do for a living. Then ask them whether they enjoy their job. I was given a copy of Key Person of Influence last week and I am having a read and really enjoying it. It talks about Functional people and Vital people (as in vitality or love for life but also being focused on creating value). I always strive to be a 'Life Force' in all my roles and I feel a lot of that comes out through entrepreneurial passion and desire to help people while challenging myself.
I recently became a Rare Birds Global Ambassador and I am so excited about this. Rare Birds is about inspiring females to believe that entrepreneurship is a real career choice. In the last two years, since I met Rare Birds CEO Jo Burston, I have met with some outstanding female entrepreneurs and the younger generation need to hear more about what options you have as you progress through life. I was recently the MC for the Rare Birds Con and also the recent book launch of Brilliant BusinessKids and just love the energy that comes with the experience. Within Rare Birds is a mentorship program that is a key foundation for the future of entrepreneurship. I would urge everyone, male or female, to take a look and see if you feel you can contribute.
We all have the opportunity to share our experience with the next generation - we all have value, we just need to get out there and offer it.
by Phil Ore
by Phil Ore
Written by Phil Ore
Phil Ore is the co-founder of Marketing Entourage, co-founder of Entrepreneurs&Co and global ambassador for Inspiring Rare Birds. He has dedicated his professional career to helping people and businesses succeed through human centred strategic design, idea generation and brand expertise to improve the customers experience. During his global career, Phil has been fortunate to have had a wide range of roles working for, and alongside, some the worlds largest corporations and brands. Phil is passionate about the Australian startup ecosystem and is a mentor, advisor, MC, and panelist for various social impact, NFP, entrepreneurship and technology based businesses and events.