“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
Remember when it was all new?
Even if we don’t go all the way back to childhood, just consider when we were teenagers.
We became interested in new subjects and jumped excitedly into them: electric guitar, Shakespeare, a particular sport, music, politics, etc.
We found time to devote to them and were sponges, taking in everything we could learn in wonderment.
Then we went into college or “adult life” (an even more rigorous educational institution), and began to focus on a career.
Then we started “to work” (if we hadn’t already), and began to focus on a career.
Then some of us had kids, and could ONLY focus on family and a career.
And, for some of us, life became all about a small, confined box called work and career.
I will attend a reunion this Fall for a men’s organization I was a member of in college. Most of these guys went on to become lawyers. I think of one in particular who recited Shakespeare soliloquies left and right. I wonder if his lawyering crowded out his fascination with the classics.
What new or old wonderment can you awaken and engage in this summer?
“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” –Albert Einstein
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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