Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well. ~Jack London
What do we have to offer right now?
Remember the list we made of or past work experience? It’s time to take that list and write out what skills we gained from the different jobs we held.
My list looks like this:
- Visual Display- Design principals, marketing, customer service.
- Bronze Foundry- Mold making, casting, processes of being a professional artist.
- House Framer- Carpentry, conflict resolution.
- Boat Carpenter- detail work, high end production, craftsmanship.
- Set builder-Environment construction, set installation, creating from plans and ideas.
- Municipal work- Interpersonal skills, customer service, helping those in need. Unnecessary abuse of power, control and conflict. Not for me.
Looking at my list as individual jobs gives the sense of a bunch of disjointed skills that don’t add up to a cohesive whole. But if I look at my jobs and skills as components making up one entity, a progression is seen… Like a path from childhood to adulthood. The entity is me, and each skill built upon the others to bring me to this very second.
Sure, set installation and conflict resolution may not seem to have much in common at first. But I couldn’t perform one without the influence of the other informing my decisions, because they are both part of my experience. What we did, and do, make up who we are today…
What does this show me?
Looking at my list, I see that building things and helping others are what the skills broadly break down to.
The specifics of each skill are different, but most of them fit into these two groups.
Now I can think about how to use these skill groups to make a new path for myself.
Build/create/make/construct. These are the words for the first group of skills.
Help/assist/service/customer/resolve are the words fort he second group.
I can start combining these words in different ways, and use synonyms to add variety. I’ll add passion as well, since that is the key to success.
- Creativity and passion lead to fulfillment.
- Build your own life.
- Help others create passion (in work or life).
I’ve already thought a lot about this, and used this process. The best skill combination I’ve come up with to offer others is I can help you to:
*Construct your own fulfillment*
Doug and I already discovered we’re creative problem solvers and now we know what we can offer to others. I’m a “creative problem solver who can help you construct your own fulfillment”. That sounds a lot better than an artist with a stuffed monkey who used to build boats and hated his city job…
Take your list of past experiences and pinpoint what skills you acquired. Write down the skills for each job.
Look at your list as a whole. That’s you and your skills.
Group your skills together into broad categories. Come up with words to describe these categories.
How can you rearrange them into something more to your liking? Rearrange them… Keep playing around until you hit on something that speaks to you.
Fine tune your results. Fashion it into a sentence which describes what you have to offer others. Is this the real you, or do you need to do more tinkering?
Keep adding new words to your skill categories. A different word may inspire a brand new line of thinking for you. Have fun imagining your new, rearranged skill offerings…