[MMM] One Person’s Career That Stands the Test of Time

Oct 24, 2016 | The “Raw Materials” Edition

Happy Monday Morning!


I was at a conference on Orca’s Island, drinking my coffee from my lovely new mug. This was one of the prettiest places I had been in a very long time. It’s in the San Juan Islands, about a 2-hour ferry ride from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.


One of the things I like to do when I am in a new area is to take some time to explore. It’s a relatively small island, so I rented a little moped to explore the different places.


I stopped at Olga Pottery, owned by Jerry Weatherman. His work is breathtaking, unique & practical. I asked him a question: “Does your work bring you joy?“.


Jerry paused at first & replied, “It gives me deep satisfaction, I am continually growing and discovering new things, even after 43 years, and I have a short walk to my office“.


I look at relationships, a lot like work, if you were in a relationship for 43 years and were able to answer in the way Jerry did, most people would say that you have chosen a great partner. His response was for me a textbook definition of joy. He has what most of us are looking to find in work and our life.


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As a potter, he starts with raw material and sculpts with his hands, something of beauty and value. To me, this is the opportunity we all have in life. Our raw materials our are talents, passions, intelligence, personality, and values. Like the potter, we can sit at the wheel of our life, and work at producing something that we are proud of. That is both our opportunity and responsibility in this life.


I think of an another person who has sculpted his raw materials into something of great value – Chris Hadfield. I love this quote:


“Decide in your heart of hearts what excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction. Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time, turns you into who you are, and the day after that. Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you’d be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. Don’t let life randomly kick you into the adult you don’t want to become.


Jerry and Chris are, for me, two excellent examples of individuals sculpting their careers and lives into something that is deeply satisfying and has meaning.


What are you doing with your raw materials? It’s never too late, nor too soon to start to put them back on the wheel.


Our client Melissa Cox said, “CareerJoy is like a career archaeologist. They painstakingly chips away at the years of junk that build up on a person’s psyche, either by choice or by habit, to reveal the original find. That they can help you reclaim yourself by removing all this debris is enough; that they does it while preserving who you always were, is miraculous.” 


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Along the road with you!




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