November 24, 2021 - JOLT - Who Has Saved a Piece of Your Hide?? -

November 24, 2021 – JOLT – Who Has Saved a Piece of Your Hide??

By Darrell Gurney | Blog

Nov 24

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”

John F. Kennedy


Thanksgiving didn’t start out of the blue. . .

as being about turkey or even family. Rather, it was a big “THANK YOU” to the Native American Wampanoag tribe and their chief, Massasoit, for saving the hides of the first settlers.

After half of the Mayflower’s original colonists died during their first harsh winter, the tribe taught the survivors how to grow corn, to fish, to pull maple syrup from trees and how to avoid poisonous plants.

So, they celebrated after their first successful harvest and joined together with their helpers to express gratitude and rejoice in the blessing of life itself.

In that vein, I offer you a simple challenge for this holiday:

Who saved your hide this past year? Will you reach out and thank them? By when?

On my end, I want to thank you, as a subscriber to my (sorta) weekly JOLT Note. There’s been LOTS of changes going on here in my world, with a new book coming out in next year (after 19 years in development) and some related shifting of plans.

I appreciate your giving me a (sorta) weekly opportunity to attempt to creatively inspire, and ALWAYS appreciate your replies of what most makes a difference and helps you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Now go thank those who’ve helped you!

Think differently, play better.


CareerGuy and Back Forty Freedom Flier

Got Thanksgiving for your hide?

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”

– Henry Van Dyke

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.