Way back when, wrapped up in the throes of “What color is your parachute?” I encountered a section toward the end of the book entitled, “Each one teach one.” Devoted as I was to discoveering exactly which shade of crazy my particular parachute might be, I dutifully plowed through the chapter. Really? I thought to myself, I’m having a hard enough time just trying to get my own life together, how could I teach anyone how to do the same? As the months have gone on, and employment has followed, I’ve found myself obsessing less about the color of my parachute than simply being grateful for the fact that I have one.
As my own anxiety about unemployment has waned, I have become acutely aware of friends and acquaintances experiencing the same emotions I did just a short time go. Whenever possible, I offer my advice, guidance, enthusiasm, and above all, positive reinforcement. Looking back over these conversations, as much as I’ve helped others I’ve helped myself. Simply reiterating the sense of hope and perseverance I feel about the road ahead reinforces them for me, and I feel a renewed drive to make the positive changes I’m encouraging in others. So, each one teach one? Perhaps it hasn’t turned out to be as selfless of a mantra as I originally thought, but it’s certainly helped more than a few people move along in the world!
Nelly and Kelly got it right when they wrote a song about a bad situation that will probably work out perfectly in the end and called it, “Dilemma.” I’m not kidding. On the same token, when we (non pop-stars) find ourselves in similar situations, it’s often difficult to move beyond the stress of it and see the positive. What I’m trying to say here is, I got another interview (!!) . It’s for a job that’s maybe less “impressive” than the last, but at the same time it’s perhaps more relevant to what I’m finally recognizing as my true passion(s).
As I’m sitting here wringing my hands hoping the first employer doesn’t get back to me before I have a chance to talk to the second, I’m trying to come up with a game plan that doesn’t involve me settling for whichever (if either) hires me. What that means is, once again, that all important self-inventory process comes into play. I’ve done a lot of reflecting, and now that I know what makes me tick, I need to figure out how to make it work for me in the working world.
I read a book last week that helped me a lot in terms of determining which interests to actively pursue, and some smart ways to go about it. If you haven’t read it, definitely check out, What Color Is Your Parachute? – it is, as it claims to be, a job hunter’s BIBLE. Cannot believe I didn’t devour all four hundred pages sooner. A big thank you for bringing it to my attention to my aunt Susan, who recognized my total flailing (and failing) as I tried to answer the all important, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I’ll post tomorrow in more detail about that gem of a resource. For now, good night and good luck!