Career Advice with Sr. Principle Engineer Luu Tran

When considering your career path, there are multiple ways to think about it. Individual contributor of management. Tech or none-tech. Big company or start up. The truth is, there’s no one path fits all.

In this episode Luu Tran, a Senior Principal Engineer, shares some of his career ups and downs and how to think about what you want. It’s important to not only know what your priorities are, but how to make decisions to make sure you are aligned with those priorities.  

When you keep the bigger picture in mind and what you real priorities are, making decisions about your career so much easier.

 

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • The 3 part framework to consider when deciding on different career paths.
  • How to go from a manager back to an individual contributor
  • How to stop dreading your job and keep your priorities inline.

Mentioned on the show:

What are “dumb” questions and how to stop asking them

We ask ourselves questions all day long, but don’t even realize it.

  • Why can I get up earlier?
  • Why don’t they help with the laundry?
  • When is this going to be over?
  • Why am I the only one that cares?
  • Why can’t they figure it out?

The problem is, when you ask your brain a question, it hijacks whatever you are doing and focuses on answer it. But answering these types of questions just keeps you stuck and validates why it’s hard and should be different.

If you really want to change something, you need to start asking better questions that give you a better answer and move you forward.

Tune in this week and learn how to start asking better questions and to use the part of your brain that obsesses over answering questions to your advantage.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • What makes a question “dumb.”
  • What happens to your brain when you ask it questions.
  • The 2 biggest problems when asking “dumb” questions.
  • How to start asking better questions to reach your goals and make changes faster

Mentioned on the show:

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How to stop believing negative things about yourself

Have you ever noticed that you can be in a crowed and noisy place, but still hear someone call your name? Of maybe you were shopping for a new car and started to notice how many other people have that car.

There’s a part of your brain, the reticular activation system (RAS), that’s responsible for this. The RAS is a bunch of nerves at your brainstem whose job is to filter out unnecessary information so the important stuff gets through.

But this is the reason we feel stuck sometimes. The more we believe something, the more the RAS is filtering things up to our conscious brain to prove it’s true. If you want to stop proving your negative believes true, you need to start changing your filter.

Tune in this week and learn how to rewire your brain so you are proving better thoughts about yourself true. It’s easier than you think. 

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Why our brain filter things and why that’s a good thing.
  • Why you keep believing negative things about yourself and feeling stuck
  • How to better understand what your filters are
  • How to stop believing all those negative things about yourself

Mentioned on the show:

  • Get the How to confidently speak up in meetings free online course. In this 10 minute video training, you’re going to learn 3 ways to start speaking up today.
  • Ready to get some free 1:1 help? I offer a limited number of free coaching calls each week. Grab time on my calendar and let’s get you feeling more confident today.

Why “I just want to be happy” is a lie

When you think about “just wanting to be happy,” how does that make you feeling? I’m guessing horrible. Which is why it’s the worst thing we tell ourselves. It does not motivate you go to do the hard things and life a full life. It just makes you feel stuck and like a victim.

 

In this week’s episode, you are going to learn why you don’t actually want to feel better and why that’s good news. Only psychopaths never feel bad, but learning to be okay with the hard parts does not mean you are giving up. It means you are doing it right. Listen to learn why.

 

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