April 2, 2014, TGIW: Unhumping Hump Day - CareerGuy.com

April 2, 2014, TGIW: Unhumping Hump Day

By Darrell Gurney | Blog

Apr 02

“I never made a damn dime until I started doing what I wanted.” –Carroll Shelby

Speaking of a dime, have you ever really considered how fast life can turn on one?

Yesterday, on April Fools, a mild-mannered, late-50’s gentleman walked into the Sacramento Lottery headquarters to claim the largest California jackpot ever, $425 million.

He bought his winning ticket six weeks earlier at a gas station while out on a sandwich run. It was the second ticket he bought…deciding to turn around and get another one after buying the first. He’s now going to live a discreet life while establishing a foundation for pediatric health, child hunger and education.

We can say “Wow, how lucky is that guy!!” And yet, we discount the fact that he was a regular lottery player. Described as a retired, “well-educated professional”, he kept putting it out there, time after time.

I have no opinion on the lottery. That’s just a metaphor. However, I do have an opinion on us playing full out with persistence.

If we expect, or even desire, our ships to come in, we might look at how much we’re sending them out to get filled up!

Where, today — no, but really, today! — can you send out a ship on what you really want? And can you do it again tomorrow…and tomorrow…and tomorrow?

Got launch?

“Don’t wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it.” –Cathy Hopkins

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 BeyondB-School.com and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.