This one small gesture can buy you a lifetime of networking power….

I am writing this post to share with you the brilliance I witnessed from a young 20-something year old.  This is the story of a young woman who made the decision to move from a temp job to her first full-time gig out of college.  A no-brainer right?!  Of course she should leave the freelance job with no benefits for something full-time with benefits – what boss wouldn’t understand that?


Only she didn’t just make a leap to a more stable job – she stabilized her candidacy for future jobs with this one small gesture.


This one small gesture can buy you a lifetime of networking power – and the work is all done for you too!  Consider it an early holiday present from me (and the girl who actually did the work for us)!


In short – she wrote a note – literally WROTE a note – on an actual card from a fancy card/stationary store.  It was probably the best $5+ bucks she spent all year – and I bet she knows it!! Here is what she wrote (Note:  I changed the names to protect the brilliant but I didn’t change any of her words – they are sheer brilliance)...

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I love that this was said…

“You cannot perceive your soul (become aware of it through the senses), but you will not know it while you perceive something else as more valuable.”  From A Course In Miracles



Is what you value standing in the way of your ultimate success?


At your job – what do you (or would you like to), hear, see, smell, taste or touch that brings you value?  Could that be what stands in your way of knowing your true self and clearly being able to see opportunities to be feel fully expressed, confident, valued, and ready to accept the markers of success that come with self-consciousness?


I love that this was said…

“Work is love made visible.  

And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.

And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distills a poison in the wine.

And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.”

from The Prophet (on work) by Kahlil Gibran


Translation – L.O.V.E. your work – Look Out Vigilantly for Everyone/Everything affected by your contributions.  Doing so also takes great care of you in return.  It introduces you every day to how you make a difference for others.  It also enlightens you to what brings you joy and makes you feel happy and fulfilled.  Happy contributors are those who are valued and enjoy all the materials rewards and markers of success.


If you just can’t find it within yourself to do that then you’re better off accepting charity from others who earn a living while practicing L.O.V.E. for their work.  I, however, don’t agree with this part – I don’t believe anyone should just throw in the towel and start accepting charity because they can’t perform their job with L.O.V.E.  Instead, I believe

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“When we are angry or depressed in our creativity, we have misplaced our power.  We have allowed someone else to determine our worth, and then we are angry at being undervalued.”  Julia Margaret Cameron


Did you spend a lot of effort right out of high school or college trying to figure out the most you could get materially for a comfortable amount of effort?  Did you then get a job and hope or expect that the company you went to work for, the boss, the working conditions, the customers and co-workers to all be a joy day in and day out?


It would be nice if it worked that way wouldn’t it?!


The truth is we often want the most back from a comfortable amount of effort with no outside hassles – but is that truly the recipe for fulfillment?


It’s a guaranteed recipe for disaster because it involves a condition of others doing what we think they should do to acknowledge, respect and value us in order for us to feel that we are in fact worthy, powerful, successful, etc.


Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra are offering a free guided meditation series right now that’s all about getting unstuck.  In that series they discuss how we tap into our creative power by staying focused on the present moment – and letting go of the past or the future.


We become disengaged from our jobs (and certainly our work) when we struggle with thoughts like

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“To become more conscious is the greatest gift anyone can give to the world”.  David Hawkins


Disengaged people affect all people.  What you think, believe, do, and practice regularly affects everyone  – not just everyone around you – but the planet.


There is an exponential effect of one person operating at a higher level of creativity, kindness, love, beauty, etc. that negates several people operating with energies that are negative.  The “power of one” is real – we feel it all the time – the planet feels depressed of energy when we lose someone who is a powerful expression of some form of positive energy.


Becoming more aware – more knowledgeable – about yourself (your talents, values, energy-zappers and what works to build your energy back up, etc). and about how energy works on this planet is how you elevate your consciousness – not just for the rewards that reaps for yourself (enjoying valuable experiences and getting valued for the things you want to be valued for) but for how it cancels out the negative energy that is more easily extended by several others who are not yet aware and equipped enough to regularly extend positive energy.


Connect to your higher power – your higher self – understanding your potential triggers of disengagement and burnout and practicing exercises that can help you recover is one way to raise your consciousness.

I love that this was said…

“The closer we grow to our inner light, the more we feel the natural urge to share that light with others.  The meaning of work, whatever its form, is that it be used to heal the world.  Love is the most powerful fuel in any endeavor.  The most important question to ask about any work is ‘How does this serve the world?’”  Marianne Williamson


I believe the purpose of anybody’s life is to serve others and that the capacity in which you serve others (what you do) and the unique way you do it is your calling.


When you do your job – no matter what it is – think of yourself as a service provider.  Not just to your boss – but to the people who will be impacted by the job you do.  Channel your “inner-marketer” and think about how you relate to those you serve – imagine a “customer-profile”:

  • who they are – imagine a story about them in your mind (how old they are, where do they live, what’s their gender, family dynamic, sense of style, favorite thing to do, what makes them happy, sad, angry, and what goes on in their life day in and day out)
  • what their problem or struggle might be that is perfectly solved by something you can create for them through your job – imagine what happened to them that they need the work your company does – and more specifically, the work you do at your company.
  • how can you perform that work in a way that makes the biggest difference for that customer – even if you never interact with them directly?
  • who else might be impacted in a positive way because you perfectly solved this customer’s problem?


Living with a connection to a sense of purpose and calling begins in the discovery of what you can uniquely and easily do for others.  When we give what is easy for us to give, we feel happy to give it.  When we happily serve others what naturally follows is that we become more appreciated, respected, trusted and admired for what we bring to the table.  That leads to a sense of fulfillment because we see the value we can bring to others.  That sense of happiness and fulfillment attracts success including the material markers of success (i.e. money, recognition, etc).


Unsure what you uniquely and easily do for others (even in a job you hate)?  Contact me today at 888/560-8233 to schedule a Career Success Insight (“CSI”) Session for only $47.


In 1 hour, get an understanding of something unique to YOU that you can practice to make a difference for others and in return, get yourself on the path to a sustainable sense of job satisfaction in return!