By Gail Stone. This important subject of "valuing your work" is related to my last entry on dreams. I encourage you to "dream big" as you choose your career path and remember "leadership begins with "self." After all, "if you can't lead yourself, you can't possibly lead others."
Susan Polis Schutz, who was a leader (recently deceased and quoted by her loving husband) with:
"Take the power to choose what you want in life. Take the power to love what you want and do in your life" - Susan Polis Schultz
My interpretation of this quote is related to what - and with whom - you spend the majority of your time - your job. Therefore, you'll definitely want to research, ponder and plan -- choose it wisely. That job can take any number of forms.
Though I feel my chosen quote pertains to each of us, I believe that it can be especially important - and even healing - to those who have experienced loss and suffering, as many of us have. My loss remains with me - and will - every day of my life. But I choose not to allow it to dominate my life by focusing on my work.
I love my work and I wish that upon all of you as well. I started a free meeting and hospitality service company - The Gailconnection - 25 years ago. This business represents who I am and who I have been my entire life and joyfully occupies my thoughts and feelings every day. That's powerful. Each of us may have a small part of our heart missing, and your work can be a productive distraction, when feeling down. As you choose and develop your profession - you can draw upon innate skills and ways of life. I believe that can strengthen the foundation of your professional path. I chose the perfect occupation for who I am: I started a business based in hospitality and event planning and also worked as a teacher for many years - what better career paths for a "people person?"
The greatest concept I want to share with you regarding the significance of your work, comes from the lyrics of a song by the eloquent singer, Anael. Just over five years ago, my wonderful son, Dustin, gave me this album and it continues to remind me of the value of my work:
Wake me from indecision Set me back on the trail Let me again envision Magic and fairytales Work is the sole provision Everything else just pales Inside the words there's rhythm That gathers the wind in my sails
I want to stress the importance of the career path you choose. Choose your profession(s) wisely. It is likely to change along the way and that's ok. We all change and grow. Start early, set your goals and dedicate yourself to the work you've chosen. You will thrive as you manifest your goals. Even during those challenging times, you will feel the joy of what you have created and the gratification of what you are contributing to our world. We are always a work in progress, so keep that in mind as you move forward in your career, embrace it and don't forget to have fun!