Career success is a worthwhile goal when pursued in the right way and for the right reasons. If you keep in mind that you can achieve it while still respecting the rights and needs of others, you’ll almost certainly find the journey more personally and professionally satisfying. If you’re planning a job search to start the new year off with a bang, you can still take a few minutes to think about the kinds of situations others might be experiencing that are more problematic.
Rather than do a typical blog post today, I’m looking forward to the week ahead and thinking, “What can I do to make a difference during this time when we seem to be experiencing so much upheaval, on so many levels and in so many areas of life (metaphorically and geographically)? I’m only one person. Does anything I do as an individual make that much difference?”
You might be asking yourself those questions, too. Here’s one way to look at it: If you extend a helping hand or other encouragement to a colleague who seems to be struggling in some way, won’t that make a difference to that person? You don’t even have to mortgage your house to do it!
So as I keep my eyes and ears open for opportunities to make a difference to someone else in the days ahead, I encourage you to do the same. Who knows what kind of impact our individual but collective efforts might have?!
To close, I’d like to share part of the lyrics from a 1955 song by Jill Jackson Miller and Sy Miller:
Let there be peace on earth
And let it begin with me;
Let there be peace on earth,
The peace that was meant to be.