Even in the arctic tundra of Upstate New York you can smell the sweet aroma of Hope. The well-crafted Inauguration Speech of President Obama delivers a message of Hope. He knows he can’t change things overnight. He asks for all our help in making the sacrifices and modifications that need to be made. He is trying to get each citizen thinking about how far this country has come and the attitude of Hope of each person that helped get it this far.
Those without jobs right now face difficult challenges too. Each one of us has the responsibility to be known as a “doer” and sometimes a “risk taker”. Humility is not a characteristic that will serve the unemployed well right now.
Obama stated in his inaugural address
“In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom”.
The Hope lies in the fact that we can change what we don’t like. Yes, we can. We have choices and freedom to do so many things.
Find your personal Hope by defining what it is you truly enjoy doing. Once you have identified that, to what extent are you willing to risk making that happen? The conventional entitlement of employment is gone. This thought is scary, change always is. We must view employment in a different way and in that, I smell Hope.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.