March 2, 2022 - JOLT - Appreciate Your Own Career Independence While Helping Ukraine -

March 2, 2022 – JOLT – Appreciate Your Own Career Independence While Helping Ukraine

By Darrell Gurney | Blog

Mar 02

“Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?”

– Mahatma Gandhi


Independence: Do we appreciate all it affords us?

We’re all watching, praying and doing what each of us can to hold out hope for the biggest and most glaring example of authoritarianism and aggression attacking independence in this century.

Not like it doesn’t happen in many overt and subtle ways at all times, and even metaphorically in our own lives, but this Ukrainian crisis is crystal clear.

Interestingly, in my state of origin, Texas, there’s much celebrating going on today for Texas Independence Day. As the Governor declared in a proclamation yesterday:

“First by the pen and then by the sword, brave Texans fought for their independence from a tyrannical government in Mexico that denied its citizens basic freedoms. In the fall of 1835 at Gonzales, Texans of all backgrounds banded together to fight for the cause of liberty and defend what was rightfully theirs. Months later, on March 2, 1836, while delegates gathered at Washington-on-the-Brazos to sign the Texas Declaration of Independence, brave defenders continued fighting for their freedom.”

Metaphorically, we’re all looking for our own “independence” to determine the kind of life we want to live post-pandemic as we make the most of this economy of “Great Resignation”, “Great Reset”, and “Great Reshuffle.” (See a series of LinkedIn articles on this I contributed last month beginning HERE.)

If you’re in a time of thinking through your personal independence options and how to best fight for your own work-life freedoms or second half/best half of life, schedule a session with me today HERE and I’ll donate half of your session fee to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency supporting Ukrainians fleeing the country. Help yourself. Help others.

And please be sure to fill out the quick 2-min survey we’re running to know what you, our subscribers, consider most important in your post-pandemic life, career, and visions for the future. Take that quick, 6-question survey HERE and, if you like, answer question 7 to win a $25 Amazon gift card.

Thank you for appreciating independence everywhere, even with yourself. . .because we know everything begins at home.

Think differently, play better.


CareerGuy and Back Forty Freedom Flier

Got independence appreciation?

“Enjoy the blessings of freedom and independence, but also do your part and work hard to appreciate it.”

– Unknown

About the Author

DARRELL W. GURNEY, Executive/ Career Coach and 20-year recruiting veteran, supports people at all levels to make fulfilling and profitable career transitions. His first book, Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters, was winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book by the Association for Women in Communications and was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. His newest book, Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, has been endorsed by bestselling thought leaders such as Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner. A personal and business brand strategist, Darrell’s Stealth Method of networking has helped folks expand their reach within both careers and new client circles. He speaks, leads workshops, and is a media expert on subjects such as recruiting, networking, and finding one’s passion. He was recently named Networking Expert for and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.