“If you light a lamp for someone it will also brighten your own path.” –Buddhist Proverb
The quintessential mentor of all time might have been Yoda, the slight, dyslexic-speaking, unpretentious yet undeniably powerful guru from Star Wars.
Luke Skywalker and others never felt “wrong” around him…but his manner and simple words allowed them to perceive themselves and situations differently.
To enable our growth, we need supportive environments around career and life. It’s important to have, within those environments, those who, on the one hand, don’t buy into our stories about ourselves while, on the other hand, give us a graspable vision for ourselves beyond what we see.
Tough love methods are wonderful — and necessary at times — but graceful, quiet, yet pointed support can help the medicine go down even sweeter.
The problem is that, once we’ve been at our career, our business, our life for so long, we don’t think to reach out for help on that which is beyond us because “we should know by now” or some other fear of not looking good.
Yet, if we take on that we have not yet done what we came here to do in life, there is always the next level to get to.
Got your Yoda?
“There is no lack of knowledge out there…just a shortage of asking for help.” –Mark Carter
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 BeyondB-School.com and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.