We all get stuck in ruts. Either personal or professional. Sometimes we can get out of this rut, other times, it isn’t easy to do on our own. Fortunately, we have people in our lives that can help! The key is to ask for help! This is very difficult to do. As I write each word of this post I am reminded of the title, “knowing and doing are two different things”. Yes, we know we should ask for help, but we don’t.
I need to pay special tribute to the special people who understand how to offer help, the help that I can’t figure out how to ask for. These are the unsung heroes helping me move forward. They listen and push. They ask the tough questions that send me back to the drawing board. Whether you want to read about them is up to you, but what I want you to know is that you need to find these types of people for yourself and you also need to pay tribute to them.
Mike Lally was the first believer in Career Sherpa, well, maybe not the very first, but the one who pushed me into blogging. He also claims he is the one who came up with the name Career Sherpa (funny how I can’t quite recall that small detail). The point is, Mike has given me information, encouragement and the confidence to move forward. Yes, he kicks me in the pants sometimes too. Mike is one of the rare finds who gives unconditionally. Mike is an Operational Leader. He has an uncanny knack of being able to instantaneously asses and redirect derailed projects. Mike maintains a blog and is worth checking out!
Graeme Roberts is an intellectual creative genius. No, really, he is! Yet he can also be incredibly effective analyzing and implementing process or strategy. He is a guru for growing business. He’s technically savvy, yet doesn’t own a smart phone. He is generous and a serial entrepreneur! He is growing his own business, GrowMotor with innovative ideas!
In my meeting with these two last night, they pushed and pried, trying to help me implement a long overdue positioning statement and to determine my niche, brand, value proposition- you know, the stuff I try to help my clients with. We are sometimes so close to the subject (ourselves) that we need help from a more or less objective third party.
Thank you to the many friends who are helping me along this journey!
Miriam Salpeter, Meg Guiseppi, Skeeter Harris, Greg Taylor, Rita Carey, Sandra Turner, Dean LoBrutto, Rosa Smith-Montanaro, Jenn Sertl, and so many others!
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.