Embracing Uncertainty

 “Insanity is doing the same thing we’ve always done and expecting different results.”  – Albert Einsten

Sometimes when I sit down to write, I don’t always know quite what I want to say, or rather, what would most help YOU, what you all MOST want, or need, to hear right now (suggestions always welcome in “Comments”, of course!)


Often times I get inspired by a quote I find, or, I think through my week and about interactions with clients, or stories from friends and I find a theme I’m excited to write about, one inspired by folks just like you. I figure those will be good themes, right?


This week I did the latter, but no applicable stories came to mind.  Then I dug out my collection of quotes.  I have some great quotes, I think, and love to collect as many as I can find.


One of my favorites of all time is “Let the beauty we love be what we do.” (– Rumi)  I thought maybe I could write about keeping our passion for the work we love burning, but although I do believe we should strive for that, I wrote a related article for my newsletter last week, so no.


I found a definition for ‘contentment’ – “Understanding that if I am not satisfied with what I HAVE I will never be satisfied with what I WANT.” (author unknown)  Indeed, I imagine that to be true, but it reminded me of another post here and talking about seeing opportunity differently, and thus not a topic to approach again this week, either.


I know I’ve felt like this next quote when I’ve been job searching, “The cosmos is a gigantic flywheel making 10,000 revolutions per minute.  (Man) is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it.” (– HL Mencken)


Any of you feel like that during YOUR job search ever? Maybe just once in a while, right?


Well, I guess the moral of this little story seems to be that sometimes we just have to accept that we don’t know what to say, or do, or think, or even believe.


We WANT to have some new inspiration to share, or a truly original answer to the “Tell me about yourself.” interview opener, or we really wish we knew which new job strategy would work THIS time . . . but we can’t.  We don’t.   If any of you have a real crystal ball, I’d like to set up an appointment ASAP, please!


We just have to try something we haven’t tried before.  Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing we’ve always done and expecting different results.”


I definitely don’t think it’s insane to try a certain job search strategy more than once, but perhaps this quote is just a reminder to try something NEW:


  • If you’ve never applied online for a job, give it a go this week.


  • If you’ve never just showed up in person to a company you are interested in to see what they might have available, dress up and go, resume in hand.


  • If you’ve never tried temp work or to contract your particular skills on short term assignments, go to an agency and sign up, or cold call a few companies and offer your services.


If you’re a job search coach of 10+ years, and fresh out of new inspirations *at the moment*, just say so, and offer what you can, which for me in this moment is simply, “I’m here for you, even if I don’t always have all the answers.”


Perhaps Deepak Chopra sums it up best for me, and maybe for you, this week, “If you are certain, then you are a prisoner of the known.  When you embrace uncertainty and include intention and detachment, then the most improbable happens. That’s what we call a miracle.”