Two weeks ago, I hung up the phone after speaking with a good friend that I used to work with. I was totally shocked and saddened to learn that someone we both knew had just taken his life. The gentleman worked for a competitor and was very well known and respected in his industry. I would go so far as to say that everyone who ever met him, liked him immediately. At least I did. We met once at a customer’s site and I was immediately struck by his presence and vitality. Now he is no longer with us.
This was the second instance of its kind that I had heard about that week.
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of attending the first on-site meeting of Christian Professionals of Greater Atlanta. The group was formed on LinkedIn, as a subgroup of Christian Professionals Worldwide. I always enjoy opportunities to bring Social Networking to real time by meeting people in person. I had a great time meeting so many wonderful people at this event.
During the course of the evening, Peter Bourke, volunteer Chairman of Crossroads Career ® Network (http://www.crossroadscareer.org/) and Principal at The Complex Sale spoke to our group. He made several references to his newly published book, A Better Way to Make a Living… and a Life during the course of his powerful presentation. To learn more about Peter Bourke’s book and his purpose for writing it, you may visit http://www.betterwaytomakealiving.com/.
The messages that I send in this blog post are inspired by the content of Peter Bourke’s presentation.
Message to Career Seekers:
Stand tall and remain strong! You are still who you were before – perhaps even better!
While times may seem difficult now, this too shall pass.
One may ask what gives me the right to say these things? It’s quite simple – I too am in transition. My last day with my previous employer was December 18, 2009.
I believe that I am even better now than I was then and am using this time to seek out an opportunity to serve a new organization. In the meantime, I’ve created an LLC which I intend to use to provide value to clients seeking to bring their sales and marketing efforts to the next level.
I have been abundantly blessed by the support of my family and friends during this time of transition. My time of transition has been made much less difficult by knowing that I can pick up the phone and call my family or friends and they will be there to listen and offer guidance.
Is this the time for you perhaps pursue a dream that you may have of starting your own business? My response is a resounding yes!
Message to People of Faith:
We are called upon to serve and rise up in the name of our creator to help others. While I approach this topic from a Christian perspective, I know that every religion professes to have this mission. The time for us to proactively reach out, lend an ear and provide positive words to others is today and everyday.
People are hurting all across the world today and are looking to People of Faith to see whether we walk the walk, or just talk the talk. Join me in walking the walk and reaching out to others. I know that when I walk the walk, Jesus Christ is right there beside me.
Does this just pertain to reaching out to career seekers? Absolutely not! Peter Bourke references the fact that there are seventy-five million people working across the US today who are “chronically miserable” in their work.
Add to that the fact that many people have become underemployed or have received drastic cuts to their salaries.
In fact, the two people whom I mentioned earlier were both employed at the time that they took their lives.
If you are one of the “chronically miserable”, I challenge you to change your situation by reaching out to others. It will make a world of difference in the lives of others, as well as your own life.
So, let’s get out there and do what we are called upon to do! Let’s reach out, reach up and stay in the game!
I challenge everyone to use this time to draw upon your faith, as we are called upon to do, and become a difference maker in the lives of others!