“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” Michelangelo
This scene comes shortly after Jerry examines the question, “Who had I become?” and, disliking his answer, pours out his heart in a 25-page mission statement. Reclaiming both his integrity and his passion, he takes a stand with a support team of one… plus the goldfish.
Here Mary Lou Quinlan discusses how to “break out of stale roles” and choose your work identity consciously. She also offers some specific examples of women who did this successfully. We agree with this approach and think that identifying your Who is an essential part of career transition coaching. In the Now What?® process, we look at Who You Are to Others, both in the professional realm as well as your personal life, and pose the question: Who do you want to be?
“Who Are You at Work? Finding Your Identity.” Mary Lou Quinlan
“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” Christopher Reeve
When your job search takes longer than you hoped it would, staying motivated can be challenging to say the least. In this story, we present one man’s formula for success: inventing what you need + helping others at the same time.
Thanks to one of our readers, who is currently working her way through the Now What?® program with one of our coaches, for supplying today’s quote:
“A human being is born into this world fully equipped, not only to take care of him or herself, but also to contribute to and enlarge the well-being of the world as a whole.” Muhammad Yunus
We always encourage folks in career transition to use their imagination when finding next steps. Here George shows us how and though it seemed unlikely at the time, he does eventually land his dream job for the New York Yankees!
The elements of this story include: a lifelong love of scuba diving, a long-held desire to be an instructor, the pride of witnessing a daughter succeed, an idea that nagged for ten years, and a definitive decision. What a great example of how the unique experiences of each person’s life can come together to create meaning.
“Careers, like rockets, don’t always take off on schedule. The key is to keep working the engines.” Gary Sinise
We’ll wrap up this week’s theme of Change with some music from Mr. Bowie. Great song!