After leaving my last job, people would ask me, “So what are you going to now?” First, I assumed I would be doing the same thing I had been doing just someplace different. Second, when I listened to myself answer the question, I used professional jargon with all the right words and phrases. I sounded tiresome even to myself.
Nevertheless, I approached my job search with discipline and dedication. I applied for jobs, networked with colleagues and scheduled a meeting with a business development manager one of my friends recommended. I casually mention this person but this encounter turned out to be anything but casual. It was a game changer for me.
I should set this up. About six weeks into the job search, I decided to take a week off to do a home improvement project. Yes, this was a terrible idea. Yes, this is a major mistake in a job search. Yes, I knew it and I did it anyway. So much for discipline and dedication.
Don’t get me wrong. There were director level jobs out there. My search was going fine. I have skills and experience. I was interviewing and getting very positive responses. However, as I previously acknowledged, my head and my heart could not envision success. I was tired of myself. I wanted something more. I could not define that exactly but I did know that what got me here was not going to get me to the next destination.
In the middle of home improvement week, covered with dust, paint and more excited about a smooth ceiling and painted walls than I was about job possibilities, I scheduled the meeting for outside professional help.
Well, you find what you look for…or sometimes it finds you.
Enter Casey, outside professional help. We talked. We shared. I stopped talking in the professional and rote fashion I had adopted with all my correct words and industry jargon. I got excited and passionate about my work. I shared my love of developing leadership programs. My love of facilitating classes that help people grow. I showed pictures. I used descriptive language. I talk about me doing what I love to do best, help people grow.
I was very impressed with Casey’s ability to listen and to be transparent. She built a relationship with me quickly and sincerely. It was a great meeting. I loved Casey and the energy she gave me. I loved Casey and energy she allowed me to rekindle in myself. She was a catalyst for new possibilities and ideas.
And then this magic thing happened. A few days later, I got a call from her. An opportunity for work. A job. No, not a director of talent development or a human resources manager. She had a possible speaking engagement and I had a possible new vision of life.
I spoke with the client. I secured the deal. I made a decision.
For the last ten months, I have been pursuing the passion of my own business. I am pursuing my mission and vision with my values. With Servant Leadership as my cornerstone, I seek to help organizations develop highly performing teams. I strive to add value in every interaction I have with the people I love and serve.
Oh, and just for the record, this business thing is not a lifelong dream and Casey did not suggest this should be my path. Oh, I am still in search of...and I am fearless in my search because I know, you find what you look for and if you are open to possibilities…it will find you. Open you heart and mind to the possibilities of the world.
P.S. A heartfelt thanks to Casey Grant, a most awesome Creator of Opportunities.