Woodruff and Colleagues

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When I was in grade 10 a new girl appeared in our high school, attending some of my classes.  Being a natural extrovert, and the kind of person who likes to make people feel comfortable, I approached her and we quickly became friends.  Along with other friends we introduced her to people we spent time with partying, water-skiing, sun-bathing etc..  As the school term approached the summer break, this girl asked me if I could speak with my mom about the possibility of her working at the grocery store my mom worked at.  I agreed to do this, spoke with my mom, and learned that mom would let the manager know her name.  I was to tell my friend that she should take a resume directly to the manager as soon as possible.  Everything went well, and my friend was offered a cashier position.  Well, after having worked only a couple of weekends, my mom informed me that she wasn’t working out very well.  She just wasn’t getting the concept of how to balance the money in her till.  Mom said she thought the manager was planning to let my friend go.  I pleaded with mom, asking if she could spend time with my friend to teach her, and mom agreed. Mom and my friend spent a whole day working on this training, and my friend picked up on the concepts.  She worked the full summer at the grocery store, and every summer after until attending post secondary.  The manager said she was the best cashier he’d ever hired.


I recalled this event in my post secondary studies, when learning how to draw strengths, skills, passions, and values out of my clients based on the stories they write out and recite to me.  It was quite an experience recalling this and discovering that what I LOVE to do now, I was actually doing in grade 10!  For my clients, that’s a good thing.  For me as well, as I’m a firm believer that every person wanting to earn money has the right to do it while doing what they love.  It sounds easy, yet there are so many people I’ve met that simply “put up” with their job.  They feel “stuck” in it, with little to no “light at the end of the tunnel”.  There are a variety of reasons for staying where they are: “I’m the bread-winner.  I can’t change jobs!”, “Do you know how much seniority and holidays I’d be giving up?”, “I wouldn’t know where to start to look for what I love to do.”, “I wanted to study Psychology, but my parents told me I had to study economics because that’s where you make money.”.


I urge each and every one of you to consider discovering your own personal, unique talents that have the potential to put you in a position you would absolutely LOVE.

If you want to get started on what you would love to do for work, download a template here.

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