In 2013, Tim Minchin presented to the University of Western Australia. You can see the speech here later.
It’s fabulous and funny but this advice, I scribbled on a note and stuck it to my screen to remind me daily. He said:
So I advocate passionate dedication to the pursuit of short-term goals. Be micro-ambitious. Put your head down and work with pride on whatever is in front of you… you never know where you might end up”
While Tim Minchin wrote this as career advice for graduates, I use it to help remind me of how to overcome one of my biggest challenges—procrastination; a flaw that I know many of you also share.
When writing your resume, be micro-ambitious. Don’t see it as a long, tedious chore that you must perform. Instead cut the project into sections and allocate timelines for it to be done, and be passionately dedicated to the pursuit of those short-term goals.
You’ll get there in the end.
Quicker than if you waited for that perfect moment—the one with no distractions, where you feel like doing it and when you’re energised. That’s simply is not. going. to. happen.
So do it now. Get a start by at least creating a plan.
And, if it simply cannot be done—don’t stress. Delegate the writing to me and I’ll passionately dedicate myself to your short-term goals, while I think about my own another day…