If you’re like me, you encounter children in various public places that very loudly express their restlessness, boredom, hunger, or anger. My running joke is that I’m going to offer a presentation on how to properly pack a diaper bag before you take your child to the doctor’s office, church, mall, auto repair shop and generally out in public. Then it all hilariously came back to me – I DID do a presentation on how to pack a diaper bag over 15 years ago!
Humans are social beings. We are meant to be connected. Whom we are connected to and how we are connected to them is crucial. Often times our relationships play an important role in our success or failure.
• About 48% of job-seekers obtain employment through referrals from people they know – networking with friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and former co-workers. Hiring managers don’t hire resumes they hire people.
• Have you heard the saying “Show me your 5 closest friends and I’ll show you your future”? Even youth understand that there is truth to that statement. If you are the kindest, smartest, most disciplined, most motivated, AND highest paid person in your inner circle I doubt that you are being “stretched” beyond your comfort zone and you probably need a new inner circle.
When you work with youth they want to know who you are not what degrees you possess. They want to know you care. We build relationship by being transparent. Don’t get me wrong – I have strong professional boundaries – but you can’t get to know your youth without allowing them to know the real you.
Many of us we are skilled in a variety of areas. Our culture has taught us to multi-task like our lives depend on it (often times it does). Throughout my career and definitely as an entrepreneur I have felt like a jack of all trades and a master of none on many occasions. I have helped clients with housing, food, medical assistance, and clothing. I have played the role of “work mom”, chauffer, parenting coach, stylist, and teacher. Some days I have worn the hat of scholarship consultant, academic advisor, counselor, tour guide, and career coach. I am truly a “do what needs to be done” kind of lady. In fact, two of my most used phrases are “get it done” and “keep it moving”. That’s good right? Well, usually it is.
A few years ago I had begun to run on “auto pilot” for a couple months. At times I would do a presentation or workshop simply because I had the knowledge or because I was asked. I was forced to be honest with myself and take a look at how I was spending my time. I realized that busy doesn’t always equate to productive. I needed to make some changes.