How Important is Commitment to Your Career?

An old saying goes that a woodpecker can peck one time into ten thousand trees and receive nothing, or peck ten thousand times into one tree and get dinner. This statement goes much deeper into a life than one could ever imagine, and the faster a professional grasps this concept, the better a career will thrive in the direction of success. Finding a sense of commitment in the work that you do will help sharpen your skills, and become the most important element in your professional personality.

The direction that you are going can change your future, but only if you give it enough attention to get the job done. This is true in any industry that you find yourself in, and believe it or not, anyone can become anything that they choose to be, at any time, simply by following the principles underlined in commitment. Going that extra mile, and choosing to stay late to learn instead of going home early, all of these lead to gold in the future. A career that chooses to flow with the strength of commitment will lose the negativity, and will be entirely designed to benefit you, your career, and those around you.

This is true for financial advisor, Leland Fondow, who pursued 21 years with Fidelity Investments in Boston, working his way to the top, and never letting go of the momentum that he created. He fought every year, even after securing himself as one of the best consultants in the department, and left with three awards, and the title as one of the top ten departmental advisors every year that he started. This kind of success can only be made through hard work and the choice to consistently choose the same path, all of which leading to the same common goal.


The Fight Against Homelessness Continues

Unemployment has been the bane of this hidden demographic, and while the government can do little to support them under the political gridlock between democrats and republicans, the truth continues to remain clear: homeless citizens are scattered all over the US, and will keep struggling to live until the nation does something about it. The reality of losing a home, car, or identity would seem like an impossible nightmare to most comfortable citizens, but this is a daily happening in almost every major city in America. The fight against homelessness is on, and the battle is raging more than ever before.

Small economic waves may do little to harm those who are doing well, but for the homeless, it can mean the difference between having a meal and going weeks without eating. The US has been working to give opportunity for those without privilege the chance to start over, like the Nordic countries and their safety net, but unfortunately no progress has been made by Congress. Many organizations are gathering together to help feed them, clothe them, and give them the comfort and shelter that they need to continue living.

Pike Street Foundation is a Boston organization that helps homeless people in the Boston area find homes for them to live in. One member, Leland Fondow, is not only a regular donator, but a 25-year specialist in personal financial advising for those in need. He works with his clients to create successful futures, but he also helps homeless people in his area find better solutions for their situation. People like him are working towards defeating homelessness completely, and need the help of the entire nation to lift up the cause that means so much to so many citizens.

Leland Fondow – Going From a Corporate Advisor to an Independent Advisor

It is every professional’s dream to break the veil of climbing the corporate ladder, and find their own place to be as an independent worker or a contractor. After decades of sharpening their own skill, the opportunity to branch out into their own career sounds like a dream, and for most people, it is. Unfortunately, though people gather the resources necessary to start as an independent professional, none of them make the commitment to take action and start on their own. The option is there for many of these hardworking individuals, yet they do not keep the open mind needed to make that successful transition.

Transforming a career takes the right timing, and the right elements to be in place to ensure that the next step will be prosperous. In order to make it as an independent consultant, it takes an established and loyal pool of clientele that would be willing to make the transition and still see the same results. Maintaining an effective service as an independent is necessary to make sure that the clients will keep coming, and that the reputation will build after the corporate ladder is left.

Some careers grow the power to make this change within a couple of successful years, while others take extensive industry experience. Depending on the type of service, it could take decades to build the right clientele for the job. Leland Fondow, an independent financial advisor that left Fidelity after 21 years of work, held 25 years of industry experience on his belt before he made the decisions to detach from the corporate path and make it on his own.