@MartinaMcGowan Thanks so much for sharing my thoughts, Martina.
Good things come our way, sometimes unexpectedly; and not-so-good (I’m a PR guy; I can’t say “bad”!) things fall on us.
This has become particularly interesting to me in my now decade-long role of “head honcho” of the Curry College Communication Department’s undergraduate Public Relations Concentration. As I talk to more and more students who either are preparing to enter the workplace or have just taken their first tentative steps “out there,” I realize more and more the wonders that life holds for each and every one of us.
I’ve also seen this when I meet as a College of Fellows mentor with young professionals at PRSA’s International Conferences, something I’ve been doing for the past few years as part of my personal and professional commitment to the standards and ideals represented by the College.
No…I’m not going all evangelical on you, so stop hyperventilating!
It’s just that, each time I sit and chat with one of my current/former students or a young professional about his or her plans for the future, I see once again myself a gazillion years ago…unsure about where to go or what to do next.
And each decision I made… each “chocolate” I chose… resulted in different, sometimes delightful, sometimes bleaah, sensations.
But that’s what life should be about…little surprises that tempt, delight, challenge, and reward us for our endeavors.
Not all of us, though, are willing risk-takers. For every student who has been willing to step onto the tightrope blindfolded, there have been a herd of others who want every possible nook and cranny bathed in a bright light of understanding before making a move.
Some of them have done, as I would define it, “okay.”
The interesting thing for me is that these are the folks from whom I subsequently hear less and less often… they basically settle into the moss of comfortable existence and move on with their lives. Good for them! They’re satisfied. They’re employed.
The others, from whom I hear regularly, are digging into their chosen career field with eagerness and enthusiasm. And they’re asking the age-old question, “What’s next?”
The first “chocolate” that they tried was good. But life is an assortment of flavors and textures.
What, indeed, is “next”?
I assure them that the only way to find that answer is to try another. I also caution that you don’t want to “try” too many… you’ll get a stomach-ache!
To quote, as I so often do, Forrest Gump,
“Life [is] like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
So give it a try! Try new things. Test new pathways. Explore new opportunities. You never know what you’re gonna get!
@PhilipTater Thanks so much, Philip!
@danielnewmanUV Thanks so much for sharing my thoughts, Dan. Happy New Year!
Very Taoist post @KirkHazlett
One thing I should add is that they can find jobs that allow them to try or experience different things. I have a finance degree. It led me to sales and those sales jobs had clients in every industry except mining and farming. I have been inside oil refineries and power plants. On movies sets and even once Arnold Schwartzenegger's trailer for the set of Junior. To rocket factories to computer chip plants. I worked on NASA pprograms and hydrogen car programs. All with a finance degree. Go figure.
@Frank_Strong Thanks so much for sharing my thoughts, Frank. Happy New Year!
@TheJackB Thanks for sharing my thoughts, Jack. Happy New Year!
@ancitasatija Thanks so much for sharing my "WU" thoughts, Ancita! Happy New Year!
@KirkHazlett such a beautifully written post Kirk! Loved it. Surely has motivated me to try something new and different in life! :)
@NickKellet Thanks so much for sharing my thoughts, Nick. Happy New Year!
"Life is a box of chocolates... you never know what you're going to get" never made sense to me. I mean, when I purchased a box of Maltesers I knew EXACTLY what I was going to get :/
@KirkHazlett you are welcome Kirk
@Howie Goldfarb My story, Howie, told probably way too often is...English and Business Management degrees. Fell into PR by accident...high tech, healthcare, nonprofit, federal government, and higher ed. You're right...never know 'til you try!!
@KirkHazlett cheers, Kirk
@KirkHazlett Happy New Year to you as well Kirk! :)
@Ancita Thanks so much, Ancita! Always good to know my ramblings can be helpful! :-)