Career Changes, Part 10

Why take Chances? Comfort Zone? 

I was and still am an introvert when I choose to be. May not make sense but generally, I am quiet. I observe, watch and listen. I like to write about what I see and feel. I like to take ideas to the next level and beyond. Much like a prototype car you see or a fashion show. Outrageous ideas, crazy stupid ideas. I was taught this in Industrial Design and I love it. Take ideas way out there, out in the future. This goes for planning a house, a plan for a business and seeing where you may end up. Go way, way out, then come back as far as you need to but take the trip. 

This gives you the chance to brainstorm and see where the mindset of others is at. 

Play well with others. Don’t give in. 

Being on a team is an important part of anyone’s career. Yet one cannot always give in. Every team needs a captain. But most importantly, no business will succeed if you try to be a one-man micromanaging boss or person.  Good business owners will hire staff to complement their weaknesses. We generally know our strengths and you know yours. Sales, presentations, photoshop, CAD, writing, accounting and so on. Unfortunately, many intelligent people may not speak up because they are scared, afraid of being shot down. Don’t be, be humble about it but have your say. Do not be pushed down, pushed aside, have your say.  

Change Careers. 

This blog ended up much longer than I thought it would be. I guess I had more to say than I thought I would. The point of this is that I am not a lifestyle coach, a motivational speaker, though I may like that… Next career, maybe… 

Life throws so much at us and sometimes you need to take a backseat and observe. During your observation, you will learn to see, learn to listen. You will be amazed at what you will learn. You will be amazed at what new topics interest you and how your skills can be used for other industries.  

Ask why? Why?  

I was given a tour of a furniture factory in Poland. We were there for a meeting and spent a week at what I called IKEA Idol. A competition to make a full-size sofa as flat as possible. This factory was amazing and during our time there we were surrounded by designers and manufacturers. The competition basically became co-workers during this workshop. Yet the company did so many things differently than us, even though the end product was the same. It was a great learning experience.  

During the tour, we asked ourselves “why” a thousand times. Some processes were redundant to us. Others were innovative and smart. We thought we knew it all and we didn’t. In the end, we won the competition and if you see the fold-down neatly packaged Ektorp sofa, well that was a Zsemba design. We didn’t get the credit, yet the presenter/designer who claimed he designed it got a standing ovation from Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of IKEA. I guess that hurt… Sometimes life sucks… Our company closed and at that time I thought my world was over. Yet my life had just begun and took me on this amazing journey to selling/marketing villas in Bali.  

Don’t be afraid of the future, take chances be brave, be bold and have fun. 

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Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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