Nay Sayers & Other Well Meaning Folks

Feeling discouraged by well meaning people in your life that think you should take any job you can find & otherwise don’t support your desire for work that you at the very least don’t hate? Consider these: * “You have a nice voice, but it’s nothing special.” – What a teacher said when rejecting Diana Ross after she auditioned for a part in a high school musical. * “The language on the floor is too rough and there’s no ladies’ room.” -The response of officials of the New York Stock Exchange when Muriel Siebert wanted to buy a seat in Read More

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

“Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who stood their ground.”  – Anonymous   Ever feel like holding out for the right job is a little crazy?   Your unemployment is running down, your bank account has sprung a leak, your confidence is heading south, and yet, you persist in insisting upon ‘the perfect match.’   No?  Maybe you just want ‘a job’, something, just about anything – as long as it’s available NOW, or yesterday.  Either way, there’s a waiting game.  Job searching usually involves more than a comfortable amount of patience – and persistence.   Read More

What would you like to do if money was no object?

  Alan Watts, British born world renowned Zen & other Eastern view philosopher, writer, and speaker had what I consider wise and straightfoward advice for recent college grads that rings true both four decades later, and for anyone at any stage of their career.   Take the three minutes to listen to the video for full effect, but here are a few highlight points in summary: “What would you like to do if money was no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life…? …If you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend Read More

A Job You LOVE

“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.” – Rumi   Any idea of what this short list of activities has in common? — Police visits in the middle of the night — Reading Dr. Seuss books out loud, with full animation and enthusiasm — Checking heads for lice — Playing hour upon hour of fuse ball and cards (and learning “the bridge” style of shuffling them!) — Knowing which colors and clothing styles were for which gang   Any guesses?  No?  Unless you’ve known me for a Read More

Grateful to Remember

  November, the month of Thanksgiving.  The best kind of attitude is gratitude, right? What about your job, or job search, do you feel grateful for? What are you learning, what’s been valuable for your professionally/personally through the experience?  Where have you experienced kindness, support, recognition? For me, I’ll give a big shout out to supervisors I’ve had, like Darrell & Sondi at the runaway shelter, an early job out of college for me.  They were the first to actively see and develop my potential as a mentor and facilitator, skills I skill use today. I also will also always be Read More