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If You Want A Million Dollar Career, Start With The End in Mind! w/Robert Houghton

April 21, 2022

Everyone wants to have a million dollar career, but when it comes down to thinking of how we’ll get there, things tend to get foggy. 

The only way to reach our goals is by getting practical and tactical. We can’t expect to see big results if we’re not actively planning how to attain them. 

How do we start planning accordingly? Is there a foolproof formula that takes our goals from dream to reality?

In this episode, Robert Houghton and I explain why the key lies in working backwards


"Unless you have the end in mind, you don’t know how to get there, or have the motivation to get there." -Craig Picken


Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 


  • Why planning for success is simpler than we think
    Does plotting out our next moves require extensive mathematical calculations, or are we overcomplicating things?
  • The importance of having an executive coach
    Doing it on our own is certainly cheaper in the short term…but will it get us results?
  • Why we need to be intentional with our inner circles
    Can we really expect to build something incredible if we’re constantly surrounded by under-achievers?


Learn More About Your Host:

Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers.

Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.

Guest Bio-

Robert Houghton is an executive recruiter and the President of MR Fairfax, the #1 recruiter in the Mid-Atlantic region specializing in insurance and financial services. As a well-established former CEO of several successful business enterprises, Robert has a unique understanding of executive recruiting in the commercial insurance sector with specialties in employee benefits, property & casualty insurance and risk management. 

Rob is the host of the Talent + Trust podcast. 

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