Who Taught You To Look At The World?

I was talking to my best friend last night and she was a little weepy about the ending of the football season for her high school son.  She was talking about what a great group of kids they have and an inspirational coach.


One thing that is unique about their school district is it has kids from well over 30 countries – a phenomenal combination of children from all religions, races, backgrounds and beliefs.


When the coach gives his inspirational speech he tells the boys to thank whatever God or deity that they believe in for giving them the opportunity to be a part of that team.  He is very team oriented and backs his words by benching a kid, not matter who, if he feels that player has put himself above the team.


She said the most amazing thing to her is that her boys don’t say, “Oh, that’s Raj, he is Indian and doesn’t eat meat” they say, “Don’t forget to bring something Raj can eat to the team meal.”


This coach is teaching these boys to look at each other as equals and teammates, not as individuals who have differences.  They are all responsible for themselves and their team, to their family and to the opportunities they have outside of football.


He is helping them view the world in a much larger scale.


We are all not as fortunate as she to have a coach like this in our lives or our children’s lives.  Pity.  But as you take a look at where you are now, take a moment to think about how you view your world; and why you view it the way you do.


Your parents could have told you that you have to work really hard to make any money and it will never be enough.  Or they could have taught you that you can accomplish anything in life you want if you put your mind to it.


Mostly we are taught, and teach our children, based on what we know.  But what if what we know is too limited?  Our upbringing is just a guideline, as is our experiences with our first job, our first home and our first love.  They are all experiences with some truths and some limitations; but they are never the be all end all of the world view.


How would your life be different if you just adopted a different view point?  What if you took a different route to work or school today?  Would you notice something different?  Would it awaken just a little something in you?


Oftentimes I work with individuals who desperately want a change and they think to have change means doing something radical.  That is not always necessary.  Sometimes it is the smallest of changes that make the biggest differences.


Think about driving from Maine to California in a car that was set for a straight line so you did not have to navigate at all.  What would happen if you changed the line one degree north?  Where might you end up with just that tiny change?


Change is scary and often we make it so hard on ourselves.  So today I want people to think about making one little change, just one.  Perhaps on your afternoon coffee break you buy the coffee for the person behind you – just because.  Or you bring one back for someone in your office who has had a rough day.


Or you compliment the person next to you in line.  Nothing major or extravagant, just something little and honest.  Try letting someone go in front of you at the grocery store.  Send a former colleague a note telling them that you have not spoken to them for some time and you hope all is going well.  Write a thank you note to someone for even the smallest gesture.


The theme on all of these is giving a small change to someone else, which makes the biggest impact on you personally.  When you can see how you can make a positive impact on someone else’s world you begin to see yours in a different light.



Lisa K. McDonald, CPRW

Career Coach-Strategist

Certified Professional Resume Writer

Career Polish, Inc.




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