“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.” –Mahatma Gandhi
One of the suggestions I make when coaching folks on career transition is to think bigger, to consider your deepest-down areas of passionate interest, and to create connections out in the world based on a mission rather than simply needing a job.
That will often get you in front of more people at higher levels to create more profound relationships that can take your “career” to whole new levels than you ever imagined.
I put “career” in quotes because, after all, what is that? Is it simply your job, a series of jobs…or is it something bigger than job(s)? Is it perhaps a leave-behind of a difference made: for others, for the world, and mainly, for yourself and your own highest self-expression (which, btw, equals joy).
People make a difference large and small and, no matter what you do, if you do it with a sense of mission, of a bigger game being played beyond the apparent doing-ness, I believe you tap into a real “career”.
I spoke for a group yesterday morning and, turns out, several people there were on this inspiration-letter list (there’s little “newsletter” about it!). One of them came up and said that she reads it each week and gets uplifted.
You know, I get about 15-20 unsubscribes each week, and rarely hear many “atta boys”…but that’s not why I send these out. It fits my self-expression. That’s why I do it. And yet to hear someone acknowledge that self-expression as making a difference for them is, of course, heartening.
So, given that 10 negatives generally outweigh one positive, I invite you to look into your own “career” and life today and find those difference-making things that you’re doing — maybe seen, maybe unseen — and get acknowledged for them: from others or, mainly, from yourself.
Yes, you can acknowledge yourself. You won’t go blind. And you can also simply ask others, whether they’re involved or not, to acknowledge you. It may seem weird, but just hearing it from another’s mouth can make a difference…for you in making a difference.
“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” –Martin Luther King Jr.