Career Coach: Be Grateful
- Benjamin Disraeli
November is the month we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. It’s a tradition to celebrate with a big feast, shared with family and friends. Some households focus on the football game, others on getting ready for holiday shopping. But how many focus on really being grateful--something that we probably should do every day. I want to encourage you to think about what you are grateful for. Make a list. Here’s mine:
My mom--who always gives people the benefit of the doubt. She exposed me to a wide variety of experiences and was always available to drive me and my friends to events and social occasions. When I was in college, she suggested I meet two new people a day. (I was extremely shy). After a few weeks of doing this it became a habit. I now teach the art of networking as part of my Career Navigator Program at colleges all over the world.
My dad--I started college intending to major in biology and go on to medical school to become a doctor. I discovered filmmaking when I took an elective and worried that my parents would not approve of me changing my major but my dad said, “It’s your life to live. Do what you want.”
My teachers, my daughter’s teachers, and other teachers I know. Thank you for your dedication and passion and all your efforts to help me and others learn.
My daughter--who gave me a job I can never be fired from, being a mom. It has given me a new perspective, friends I would never have met, and appreciation and respect for the thoughts, talents and abilities of kids and teens. I don’t view them the same way as I did before I had one of my own. I cherish my daughter, who has confidence, empathy, capability, daring and a can-do attitude that I admire. I wish I had a friend like her when I was her age.
My husband--for a myriad of reasons--encouragement, love, and support. He is not just my friend but also my career coach and editor. His sense of humor and sense of ethics and fabulous story telling ability is a true treasure. He wakes up every day and thinks about how to make my life better. I am truly grateful for his love and devotion.
My speaking clients--I enjoy presenting the Career Navigator Program at schools and being inspired by student enthusiasm and passion. Thank you to all the students and faculty who attend my sessions and especially those who give me feedback
My career coaching clients--thank you for your trust and faith.
My recruiting clients–thank you for working with me and for the opportunities you give to talented artists I recommend.
Dan Sarto of AWN and my readers–thank you for giving me the chance to express myself. I’ve been writing the Career Coach column every month for 13 years. Thank you to the readers who write me to tell me about career issues that are important to you. I hope that this column is helpful to you.
And to all those who serve us to make the world a better place–Thank you!
This Thanksgiving, count your blessings, not your calories. And every day remember to have an attitude of gratitude.