September 8, 2021 - JOLT - An Action/Patience Paradox For You -

September 8, 2021 – JOLT – An Action/Patience Paradox For You

By Darrell Gurney | Blog

Sep 08

“Patience is a form of wisdom. It demonstrates that we understand the fact that sometimes things must unfold in their own time.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn


The edge of one’s own personal sweet spot. . .

between patience and drive is the mastery of paradox.

A monk once sat atop a great mountain and spoke to travelers who came for his wisdom. To one, who kvetched of her drive to accomplish and succeed and make great things happen, the monk advised her to learn patience and contentment. To the next visitor, who spoke of his feeling lost, without a rudder, and listlessness, the monk advised him to practice active engagement, heavy involvement and productivity.

Which one is right? It depends on which visitor you are and your path of growth!

Sometimes, for the driver, focused growth around patience and allowance of the natural unfoldment of things would be an evolved contrary action to explore. For the seeming lollygagger, taking action and boosting engagement even without certainty of direction is a step in the contrary (growth) direction.

Both quotes — the one at the top and bottom of this message — are true. Which one would be growth for YOU?

If you happen to be an executive that has been taking no action around your career growth because of economic or world uncertainty, my HR executive wife and I have put together a program to support contrary action for you this fall, to set you up for a winter or spring breakout transition.

This program is specifically designed for senior professionals and promises a whole new outlook on who you are, what you bring to the table, and where you go from here in your career.

If you want your future to be something outside of your old box, check out a free 25min educational video here.

Think differently, play better.


CareerGuy and Back Forty Freedom Flier


Got action/patience paradox?

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones that you did do.”

Mark Twain

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.