Do you know why
most careers don't grow?
Do you ever wish you knew exactly what you need to be doing to have the career you want?
Do you wish you could stop worrying about whether you are at the right job, or working with the right people, or investing your time and money on the right things?
Well, you are not alone.
The Internet brought many opportunities, but at the price of fast-paced changes that transformed the way our careers grow or die forever.
We have all received outdated advice that told us to focus on polishing our resumes, spotlighting our credentials, and working hard. However, these are no longer enough to guarantee a long-term successful career. In the modern economy, uncertainty and confusion reign. The question becomes: how can we thrive in these conditions?
It’s time to become a career-hacker.
A career-hacker works very hard, but every career move and decision she makes is fully aligned with what she wants for her life. Her career is guided by her life goals, and not the other way around.
At the same time, a career-hacker is in tune with what the world wants and needs. He doesn't let the world dictate what he should do, but also stays away from what nobody desires. His career is both a vehicle for his life goals and for the market demands, and therefore always has many opportunities.
Career-hackers learn from others, but craft their own strategy because they know that their story has not been written yet. While there are shortcuts, it's up to them to figure out which ones work for their situation.
Top performers understand that when every aspect of their life is in sync and supporting each other (no matter how bleak things look outside), their output is 10 times, maybe 100 times better - which is why they get 10 or 100 times better rewards.
It's the ones that align their personal and professional goals, and THEN make the RIGHT career decisions, who hack their way into success.
"Why Do I Need This?"
Understanding what we want to do, why we want to do it, and what tools we have to get there is a lifelong exercise. Most people avoid it. More importantly, it's difficult to do without help. We fail to see our weak spots because we have blind spots and biases. Without an external perspective whose single goal is to make YOU better, you will keep tripping with the same rocks.
Lack of Discipline & Focus
Cal Newport says that "focus is the new I.Q." The ability to concentrate and work on demanding tasks without getting distracted has become a rare, and therefore, valuable skill. With the rise of communication technologies, we have stimuli coming at us every day. Careers stagnate or grow too slow because days are ruled by distractions, multitasking, and procrastination. People have forgotten the art of discipline. Without it, it's impossible to plan and execute on a career plan successfully.
Lack of Strategy
“How does this end?” This is the question that separates tactics from strategy, says James Fallows. There are plenty of tips and tricks on countless books, blogs and conferences that we can start applying today. However, they tend to generate little sustainable change for those trying to implement them in their own career. Why? Because they lack context: a personalized career strategy that makes everything click. A career without strategy is a career full of job hopping, resume blasting, pointless networking and exhausting experimentation that fails to deliver what we want.
Outdated Paradigms & Mindset
"Working on the right thing is more important than working hard," said Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr. What holds back most people is not lack of effort, but rather effort put in the wrong things. They show up and exceed at everything their loved ones, their institutions and the media told them would bring the rewards they want, but haven’t realized they are working hard at the wrong things. The results? Discouragement. Frustration. Bewilderment. These are the actions and reactions of those that haven't realized the game has changed, and that others are beating them to the prizes.
What You Can Expect
If you commit to the process, these are some goals you can accomplish working with me:
In 30 Days
- Gain clarity about what you should stop and start doing each day.
- Written plan of action of your goals and how you will work towards them.
- Sustainable feeling of momentum,
excitement and focus in your work.
- Install or eliminate key habits relevant for your career growth.
In 90 days
- Get a better job or better perks at your current job.
- Launch your own business.
- Revamp all relevant online credentials so you position yourself the right way according to your long-term goals.
- Become competent at any new skill.
In 180 days
- Transition into a new career or industry, and redefine your professional identity.
- Develop new professional networks, full of new allies and connections in your fields of interest.
- Gain career optionality: have more income streams, more business insights into new opportunities, more people needing your help.
- Individual call to gauge their situation, goals and blind spots.
- Tools to assess their present strengths and weaknesses.
- Weekly 60-minute calls.
- Daily email check-ins to examine each day's objectives and mindset.
- And more...
Who You Will Become
You will be able to complete this sentence: "I am good at ______, I help people/organizations by ______, and I'm worth $______." You will detect the problems you can solve and monetize with your skill set.
Freedom and Enthusiasm
You will become your most curious self, unfazed by the fast-paced social changes and technological disruptions, consistently pursuing the new opportunities. You will feel that everything you do energizes you to get more.
More Professional Allies
You will know who you should collaborate with, whether that is a new job, a new client, a new employee, or a new business partner. You will know where to find them and what to say to them to make them want to work with you.
Discipline and Productivity
You will start every day knowing exactly what work you should do to maximize success. You will acquire the mental clarity to execute consistently and deliver on your promises to yourself and others.
You will stop feeling misunderstood or lonely because of your career interests, struggles, and aspirations. You will push forward knowing that we will be up to speed with what you're doing or feeling at every step.
Step 1: Analyze & Crystalize
The first stage of career-hacking is assessing our situation, and crystallizing what we want for our lives and careers. This is arguably the hardest stage, and most people never leave it (or even start it). If we want to see our options, we must understand and be able to communicate our values, skills, and goals, but also our assets, career environment, relationships, and more.
We start by having assessment conversations and exercises to help you see what obstacles and gaps you are facing, and communicate clearly to yourself and others how you will break through.
Step 2: Strategy & Exercises
What holds most people back from acting is not lack of aspirations, but lack of clarity and predictability of the process. When the specifics of what we should do are blurry, we procrastinate. Breaking down a goal into its optimal strategy, exercises, and systems that keep us going is the essence of career-hacking in action.
Through frameworks and prompts, we craft a strategy grounded in an honest self-assessment—leveraging every asset and strength at your disposal—and find new "hacks" to accomplish your goal.
Step 3: Measure and Iterate
The key attitude for any 21st century professional is adaptation. Leveraging the unpredictability and randomness of the world we live in is a prerequisite to swim with the current of opportunities, not against. We must consistently test, learn, and improve. Like Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha say, we must abandon "Ready, Aim, Fire" for "Aim, Fire, Aim, Fire, Aim, Fire."
Yet very few do, because they lack the support systems to externalize their experiences, track their results, and improve on their actions. I hand-hold you throughout your exercises, talking and emailing frequently, expecting your reports and providing the perspectives and feedback to help you improve your results.
Step 4: Review, Reap & Reinvest
Anyone can score a couple of wins on luck or hustle alone. Yet there is a reason many people that had great career prospects in their 20s and 30s hit an unexpected plateau or drop in their 40s or older. As Marshall Goldsmith said: what got us here won't get us there. What separates the sustainable performers from the temporary ones is poor understanding of the reasons behind their achievements, failure to consolidate their wins, and not reinvesting their rewards strategically.
I help people close every career growth cycle with activities that ensure reaping all the rewards, digesting the lessons of the cycle, and updating their future plans after accomplishing their goals.
Carlos has launched three profitable startups and advised hundreds of people on how to grow their careers. He focuses on understanding and improving how people navigate the fields of education, employment and entrepreneurship.
Read more about him in carlosmiceli.com
Who Is This For?
I focus on helping:
Executives looking to gain a competitive edge at the highest corporate level.
Employees or young professionals wanting to improve their work situation.
Creative professionals looking to grow their income, flexibility and/or work fulfilment.
I don't work with everyone.
Some traits are red flags, which people can’t help to show when talking about themselves:
What I look for in people.
I'm aware that the people I DO like to work with are a minority. These are some traits I like to see in our members:
PS: This is NOT an ideal service for people looking for advice on how to run a traditional business. While I have entrepreneurial experience, my focus is helping individuals with their careers, not with business plans or operations specifically.
Small Group Sessions
(Three Slots Available)
$197 per month
Standard package includes:
Individual 60-minute exploratory call
Assessment of strengths, weaknesses, and professional relationships
Weekly 60-minute group call
Recording of every weekly call
Daily email check-ins (every weekday)
1 on 1
(One Slot Available)
$1,850 per month
VIP package includes:
ALL STANDARD SERVICES PLUS:
One-page summary of every call and additional resources
5-minute daily morning call OR daily email check-ins
Extensive PDF report of your profile, goals and habits
Online credentials makeover
Five 45-minute consultations for friends or family
Industry trends learning automation
If I fail, you make $100
“It is amazing how much may be done if we are always doing.” - Thomas Jefferson
Many people, me included, have seen whole careers transformed with this process. I use the same dynamics that have worked for hundreds of years in all successful mentorships and coaches: accountability, consistency, timed prompts, externalization and customization.
I am so confident it works that if you are not happy with the results after the first 30 days, I give you your money back plus $100. Yes, you make a profit if I fail on you. If you want to wait, that's ok, but remember that prices will increase in the future. Completing the application form takes only 60 seconds, and it may be the spark that gets your career rolling for good.
"The World's Best Athletes Need Coaches,
and You Don't?"
"Whenever you watch a world-class athlete perform, you can be sure that there is a great coach behind her success. It's not that the coach is better at playing the sport than the player, in fact that is almost never the case. But the coaches have a different skill: they can observe players in action and tell them how to be better. So why is it that in the business world coaches are so unusual? Are we all so confident of ourselves that we can't imagine someone helping us to be better? If so, this is a fallacy. As a business leader, you need a coach."
- Eric Schmidt, executive chairman and former CEO of Google