“What helps me go forward is that I stay receptive, I feel that anything can happen.” –Anouk Aimee
Many of us grew up with the concept of “work hard” being the basis of success. To profess otherwise is almost sacrilege.
We not only had that concept ingrained within us but we, in turn, ingrain it within our teenagers who, left to their own devices, often attempt to rely on privilege vs. hard work.
Then, we get older and are introduced to the idea of “work smart”, mostly offered as an alternative to working hard. In truth, together, they make a strong combination.
Yet, even these ideas themselves may set us up with an internal “formula” that we believe must be met, such as ultimate productivity in each day, dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s of doing it “right”, etc.
Perhaps adding “work receptive” is a final ingredient to make an iron-clad and winning trifecta.
By including receptivity, we give up the idea that we necessarily know how it’s all going to come together or what could pop at any moment. Yet, by not being attached to our own internal rules of “how” it’s going to happen, unexpected ways and means can show up.
For example, when showing my new reality show sizzle reel to a Hollywood producer last year, to get his input and advice, he saw that I was trying to make it “perfect”. He advised me wisely, “Darrell, you have to always make room for the Divine. And you can’t plan or make anything perfect enough for that.”
Maybe there may be some ideas you want to give up of how your dream has to occur (while still working hard and smart) so something unexpected can show up?
“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” –Isaac Asimov
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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