Happy Memorial Day, but Where Is Your Career Headed?
Posted on 28. May, 2012 by bgoad in Blog
But before I get into what I want you to do this summer, let’s take a moment and remember what our brave men and women in the military have already done and continue to do for this country and for freedom around the globe. Today is a great chance to stop and remember the price the countless heroes have paid to secure our freedom.
This Memorial Day, I remember the words of Abraham Lincoln. Speaking in his Gettysburg Address, he said, “It is for us the living, rather, to be
dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
This is an analogy for the unfinished work in our careers. Each of us owe where we are today to someone, most likely a mentor, who helped us get to that next level. Mine was John Wagner. He helped me several times in my career, but the biggest leap for me was becoming an Executive Recruiter. Our business, CMP – HR, started out focusing on training and development and Executive Coaching, but it was through John’s prodding that we opened up the Executive Recruiting wing of our company. If it were not for him, our company probably would still be struggling today and not the extreme success it is.
I know you are busy, but what could be more important than your future and the best futures require planning. That includes your career future, too – which for most of us in not only our primary means of realizing our financial dreams, but more importantly is a primary source of satisfaction and fulfillment. So this summer, don’t sit silently and wait for someone else to do something about your career. Don’t keep blaming the economy for your lack of action. Take responsibility and talk to your mentor, pray to God and read scripture for direction. The time for action is now. Get a journal and write down ideas on where your career could go. Map out your strategy and act. Don’t wait!