“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.”–Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
It’s easy to read the above quote and think it to be highfalutin’ and not applicable to “little old me”. After all, who has the time in the day to think of high minded meaning behind to-dos, schedules, the putting of food on the table and shoes on the kids’ feet.
But notice Frankl didn’t say we would necessarily be aware of the concrete assignment that we are fulfilling, nor our unique irreplaceability. He just said we have a mission and a specific opportunity to implement it.
The question is, will we do it consciously or unconsciously?
Something tells me that the conscious route–truly realizing our irreplaceable assignment and unrepeatable life–is the funner way to go!
Make a list this holiday weekend of your top 15 accomplishments in life…and then pretend it isn’t you. What do you see about the person that could accomplish those things? What are the patterns? Finish this sentence: “This seems to be a person around whom X occurs.” What’s the X-factor for you?
“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”–Thomas Jefferson
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.
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