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Van Down by the River

Something came to my attention the other day that prompted me to think about careers, resumes and accomplishments.  I then began to think about what I had accomplished, the things I'm really good at and how all of this could be translated to ‘resume building’ and a growing list of talents to add to a resume or on LinkedIn.  

As I reflected on my life in general, both personally and professionally, I identified areas where I've been successful on a consistent basis and then looked for common themes around those activities.  Then, like a bolt of lightning it hit me.  One area I had overlooked was how I've been able to excel at motivating and inspiring people. 

I get a great deal of satisfaction by challenging people to achieve greatness and then giving them credit for their feats of excellence.  It's funny, because as I was trying to figure out how to translate such an intangible trait my resume, the phrase “20 years of motivating people and kicking ass” came to mind.  But on a resume, that doesn't seem to as substantive as “15 years building SaaS applications” or “3 years of RoR programming.” 

So if there is a lesson in this post (beyond shameful self-promotion), it is to do what you feel good doing, regardless of what it translates to on paper.  Those who know me or get to know me understand the value I bring to the table, and that my intangible strengths cannot be bought, taught or manufactured.  I feel that skills such as these are core to the success I have had in business and, more importantly, in life. Without a doubt, they are directly tied to the wonderful relationships (both personally and professionally) that I have maintained throughout my life. 

So to wrap this up, I encourage everyone to explore within and discover how to nurture these kind of traits and focus less on “how will this look on my resume” and more on “how will these skills help me make a difference and change lives."  If all else fails, there's always the example set by this successful man!

 

Posted by: Tim McQuillen at 3:21 PM
Categories: Professional Development

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