Be Your Own CEO: Bart Jackson explains how to take control of your choices for a more rewarding life at a February 15 PSG meeting.

In truth, most folks hit what they aim at. How do you lift your head out of that narrow rut that defines your career as a series of jobs and list of skills? What practical tactics will rip off the blinders, reveal opportunities, and set your precious energies on the road to fulfillment — and fun?

Author Bart Jackson will discuss life and career tips from his new book, “CEO of Yourself — Getting Down to the Business of Your More Rewarding Life” on Friday, February 15, from 9:45 a.m. to noon at the Princeton Public Library at a meeting of the Professional Services Group. For more information call 609-607-7807 or email dschuchman@princetontechadvisors.com.

Jackson’s humorous talk will examine the stories of individuals whose career choices made all the difference. He will then address individual needs of audience members and lay out strategies. He advises bringing a notebook.

Jackson is CEO of Prometheus Publishing and BartsBooks Ultimate Business Guides, and hosts the Art of the CEO radio show. He is the founder of Biz4NJ online business journal, the Accomplished Professionals Breakfast in Manhattan, and the International Prometheus Awards. His books include “CEO of Yourself,” “The Art of the CEO,” “Behind Every Successful Woman Is Herself,” and “So That’s How they Do It — Tactics of Business Masters.”

Jackson, a contributor to U.S. 1, spent the previous decades as a journalist.

In an early chapter of the book, Jackson discusses exactly what it means to be your own CEO:

Let us be very honest with ourselves. You want to grab more out of life. You only get one trip ’round this terrestrial orb and you know — you just know — there lies a richer experience than you are getting.

Well, who is planning your life thus far? Your spouse? Friends? Governors of your workplace or nation? Fate? God? Some entrenched creed? Or perhaps, yourself? If your answer is All of the Above, how much of a final governing hand belonged to you in those planning decisions? Most of us spend most of our lives operating in default mode. We don’t make the choices that would deliver that richer life into our hands, simply because we don’t know the choices exist — or we don’t realize they are ours to make.

So what’s on your wish list? What would you like to do or have in your life that currently just isn’t happening? In preparation for writing this book, we surveyed hundreds of individuals, asking those two questions……

(Our favorite) Waking up happy. You know, waking up singing — billowing the shower curtain with bellowsome tones merry enough to blush my teenage daughter crimson with embarrassment……..

If you want your soul to savor fully for a lifetime, you will have to invest a large dollop of planning, a little organized process, and a hefty shot of leadership. In short, you need to view your own marvelous self as an energetic enterprise of which you will take charge and operate as CEO.

Chief Executive Officer: Why take this title? It is an apt reflection of the power you possess. You are more than president — one who presides over all that happens around you. You are less powerful than dictator.

Frankly, when poet William Ernest Henley asserted, “I am the captain of my fate; the master of my soul,” he overreached.

You may well be the captain of your soul, but you are not the master of your fate. We all lie in the clutch of circumstance. Stuff happens. Be it a manufacturing company or your individual self, as CEO you take active charge of all available resources and handle the environment swirling around you.

Consider your title:

Chief — You gather all your assets and helpers on your team, directing them toward your created vision.

Executive — You initiate and oversee all action. Even events you don’t perform with your own hands get launched because you give the sign to “make it so.”

Officer — The good Lord has invested you with the authority and responsibility to make every possible decision regarding your actions.

Yet as you undertake a CEO’s perspective and duties, you will lay bare a strength that’s lain dormant too long. “Yeah, yeah, yeah, I can handle that,” says your spirit. You’ll cut the strings and laugh at the fool who pretends to be your puppeteer. You will observe creeping into your worldview, as Mark Twain so eloquently put it, the calm confidence of a Christian with four aces. And that self-mastery will bring a justified smile to your lips.

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