By Liz daRosa @lizdaRosa
Have you ever visited Mount Rushmore? I made the trek in a subcompact car in the summer of 1981, with my parents and younger brother. Memories of a cramped backseat and arguments with my brother while we listened to our mom giving direction from a fold-out map (remember those days before GPS?) as my dad drove to the monument.
We can glean a lot of wisdom from the leaders etched in granite on Mount Rushmore. Let’s look at a few of their quotes and how they give a #CareerSpark.
1st President, George Washington (Feb. 22, 1732-Dec.14, 1799): It is far better to be alone than in bad company.
All I am I owe to my Mother.
#CareerSpark: Avoid participating in water cooler (or email) office gossip! Treasure the person (if not your mother) who spent her/his blood-sweat-tears raising you.
3rd President, Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743-July 4, 1826):
Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask, Act! Action will delineate and define you!
When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on!
#CareerSpark: Take action and persevere with a focused purpose.
16th President, Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12, 1809-April 15, 1865): Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.
The best thing about the future is it comes one day at a time.
#CareerSpark: Take action and move ‘it’ forward. Focus on deliberate actions to bring your ideas to fruition.
26th President, Theodore Roosevelt (Oct. 27, 1858-Jan. 6, 1919): Believe you can and you are halfway there.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
#CareerSpark: Be self-empowered! Believe in yourself as you are right now!
Although these men lived in a vastly different time, their words are timeless and inspirational to our life and career journey. Let me know if any of these resonate with you or if there are others.
Your Career Coach, Liz