Finding Support from Afar

As an executive who recently began searching for a new opportunity, I find myself constantly challenged to remain focused and positive.  Amid the cover letter preparations and resume submissions, it does not take long to begin to feel as though the opportunity to fully utilize my experience and talents will not present itself.  I quickly found myself searching for two things simultaneously: new employment and positive thinking.  Much to my surprise, the very thing I have attempted to do for others was returned to me.

As an active user of Twitter, I do my best to post positive thoughts and quotes throughout the day hoping that it will find someone who is struggling and, perhaps, in need of reassurance.  As I began to review my recent tweets, I quickly realized that I needed to start reading them with a little more thought and attention.

Many have come from friends whom I follow and have now come to appreciate even more.  I was reminded by S. Max Brown ( that “We never know why things happen the way they do, but we have the choice to be better because of them.”  Paul Harris ( taught me that Marvin Phillips said “The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!”  My friend Coach Otis of NYC ( shared advice from Alan Stein ( who said, “Adversity is usually a prerequisite to great things.”  Coach Starkey ( reminded me H. Jackson Brown said, “It doesn’t take talent to hustle.”  Finally, my good friend Steve Keating ( shared more of his wisdom when he posted Ben Franklin’s insight: “Diligence is the mother of good luck.”

I’m not sure why things have happened the way they have for me, but have accepted that this is the adversity that will lead to greater things.  I will continue to hustle with the hope that the extra umph will separate me from the crowd.  Most importantly, I will remain diligent in my search for my new opportunity. 

  1. I love what Maya Angelou calls transition times, she refers to them as “meantime” – The questions I always ask myself are based on that transition time. What can I learn in the meantime? Who can I count on in the meantime? What things can I do that allow me to feel like I am making some kind of a difference in the meantime? Those are so valuable for me in understanding that transition periods are truly there to prepare me for the amazing experiences to come.

    A number of years ago I was also seeking work and never imagined while in transition that I would end up doing international business and working in Turkey and Egypt. I was being prepared for some truly remarkable experiences that led me right to where I am, and I love where I am. Keep being inspired, keep being influenced by those same people you listed above (as they have also positively influenced me on Twitter) But remember, you too are a positive influence to all of us.


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