“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard; because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with.” –Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz
So was Dorothy saying that we should make due and settle with what we have? The job, the situation, the lot in life? Don’t go for big dreams or shake the dust of crummy little towns off our feet and see the world?
I don’t think soooo!
I think she was saying that our dreams aren’t that far from us, maybe even as close as our own backyard.
Problem is, we’re often blind to what’s in our own backyard, nor do we see the forest for the trees in our own life and times. Rather, we go traipsing through Munchkin lands of yellow brick roads and emerald cities in search of what’s right here in front of us.
When I coach folks, it’s often like this. They can’t see what is so clear to me in terms of their real passions, real gifts and real opportunities. Heck, it’s like this when I’m coached myself! We can’t see for ourselves what others can so undeniably see for and about us.
When Dorothy is told that she always had the power to “return to Kansas” (i.e., get in touch with the real truth about herself), the Scarecrow asks Glinda “Then why didn’t you tell her before?”
Glinda responds, “She wouldnt have believed me. She had to learn it for herself.”
Thus the dilemma: we have to learn for ourselves that the truth that is within us we can’t see for ourselves!
“No coach has ever won a game by what he knows; it’s what his players know that counts.” –Paul Bryant
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.