Job Loss In America – What Learning NLP Can Do

I’ve probably personally known more people fired around the world and especially in Ameria in the last two months than all the other years put together. This is what the Speaker Of The House Of Representatives in the US posted on the Speaker’s blog.

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And so I have a dilemma. Should these people have been fired? Is it good for people to get fired? Or would it be better for them to have not been fired?

I do know that being fired is a painful experience. It causes disruptions in life, creates stress due to the uncertainty of the future, and surfaces many dissatisfactions.

If you’ve been fired, you really need to go out there and get your life back.

The first thing is to ask yourself what your market value is. It’s all nice and dandy to point at the people who caused the fiancial debacle and say it’s their fault. It’s even more important to focus on what you can do instead. To increase market value, you really need to increase your expertise.

Developing expertise can help you eliminate future job loss in the future. It shows you have added value and a large proportion of people are willing to hire those with advanced skills even if they get fired.

So, I’d highly recommend:

  1. Manage your state. If you are in the “mourning” stage of your loss, give yourself a limit, then start looking forward.
  2. Select a skill to build. You need to know what is important in your marketplace. Chances are, these skills aren’t the technical skills. They usually are the life skills such as NLP (hint, hint), leadership, presentation skills and the like that you have to master and increase your personal branding. Sometimes, these skills (for instance, NLP) can help you to build a pathway toward your new business, but you will definitely need to learn how to establish yourself as an expert, and then to have the right credentials (such as being licensed) to teach those skills you have mastered yourself.
  3. Pick a series of books. Don’t just get one book or two, that would be like dabbling! Pick up a series of 20 or 30 of the top books in that area, so you can really get a depth of knowledge there. Oh, and in order to learn this, you may have to develop some speed/accelerated reading techniques to digest them fast and still understand and remember what you’ve read.
  4. Build your portfolio. Test yourself by proving that you are competent in those areas. You create your own key performance indicators, and find a way to prove it. Leadership can be proven through project you create and run, say, in a volunteer organization. Presentations can easily be proven through a Toastmasters meeting. Add this to your list of achievements, and you’ll find that you continue to build competence while upping your confidence.

Not sure what to learn? Then I’d suggest you pick up NLP skills because it will improve your modeling skills so you can adopt any new skills you choose!

Incidentally, if there were a skill you wish you had, what would you want to learn? Drop me a comment below.

How NLP Expertise Helps You Be A Better Life Coach

I know a large number of people who are life coaches who don’t even have mentors themselves. I think this is pretty irrational, because I seek out a small group of people who can then mentor me and keep me on my toes.

If you’re wondering how in the heck you find such people, I’d suggest you pick up NLP. Since NLP is all about the process of modeling, it will open you up to see who could be a suitable role model and mentor for you.

No more going by “gut feel”. All it takes is for you to pick up some solid NLP modeling skills and build your awareness for mental processes and hidden genius. This is where you can better ascertain who should be there to help and assist you.

I’d particularly suggest that you pick up the following core skills:-

  1. The psychology of environmental triggers and submodalities… and how these affect excellence
  2. Values modeling
  3. Social Magic (TM) and the process of connecting
  4. Backtrack frame
  5. The Meta Model (which, unlike what most other practitioners think, is NOT about questioning skills… it’s a MODELING tool, dang it!)
  6. Modeling by Metaphor – powerful stuff which requires an understanding of feature analysis and Identity Modeling
  7. Neurological Levels – unlike the other stuff listed, this wasn’t developed by me but by Robert Dilts and Judith DeLozier.

NLP Modeling: Expertise in 10,000 hours?

I’ve heard this before in the book by Daniel Goleman called “Destructive Emotions”. We habituate our thoughts through our environment. In one of my YouTube videos, I talked about Triggers. Environment and memory create our somewhat autonomous reactions to sensory triggers. If you were nearly killed in a fire, you would probably have a reaction to fire around you, whether it be adverse or not.

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Our past experiences end up giving us access to opportunities. But the problem with many people is that they seriously lack awareness of their habitual performances. I’ve mentioned in one of my seminars before that being more aware of yourself opens up opportunity for improvement. Your habits could trap you or lead you to excellence. It’s merely a question of what kind of habits you build for yourself.

So… do we really need 10,000 hours to build a skill?

My personal opinion is that 10,000 hours is necessary as a foundational step. If you have NO skill, or have not been practicing anything to improve yourself, there’s going to be a general lack of positive regard for what you do and the meaning behind it.

Your ability to feel that what you are doing is challenging and fulfilling will lead to something called “passion”. I suppose that’s one of the reasons why people think that it’s hard to “find” your passion. You simply haven’t looked at the right places yet! When you start something and begin to enhance your capacity to do that something well (e.g. swim, run, read, write) you end up developing opportunities.

It is these opportunities that will give you new skills to learn and new people to meet. This then offers the higher chance of becoming highly successful in what you do. I like to think of myself as a portal to opportunity. I’ll help bring people to the doors, but they have to walk in there themselves.

Millionaires can be made.

Experts can be created.

The question is… which one comes first: the millionaire or the expert?

I think you probably know the answer to this. It’s your expertise that brings you the millions. If you have no expertise, even if you received a million dollars, it’s going to disappear!

The funny thing is this: after your first 10,000 hours, the next skill or expertise you need to have doesn’t take that long. Possibly 9,000 hours. The more you learn, the less you HAVE to learn later.


Because domains of knowledge overlap with each other and you can be sure that this is the rule, not the exception. If you don’t have the learning capacity, you are in serious trouble. Others who have this learning edge will stay ahead of the curve and will force you to arrive at a conclusion that you’re too late.

It’s never too late! By being a student and learning, you might actually start finding it addictive. Learn more, build more capacity, increase your awarenss and you’ll find opportunities abound. Take those opportunities and you’ll see success coming in!