Good Monday morning,
I’m a water baby. I came by this honestly having been born within a half-hour drive of an ocean.
I spent most of my younger life near or on water. As a teenager, all of my part-time job and summer jobs were spent working as a lifeguard, swimming instructor and shift supervisor at the pool. It was a place where I learned that you could have interesting work.
This week three years ago a pioneer in the swimming industry died. Terry Laughlin was the developer of the Total Immersion Swimming model. It is currently taught in 30 countries. The conventional thinking was that if you vigorously kicked your arms and legs you would swim faster. Terry studied the strokes of top swimmers as well as hydrodynamics, kinesiology, and ship design. He observed that only 2% of swimmers have an instinctive stroke and that this was the key to fast and efficient swimming.
The best swimming is more art than science; the best swimmers demonstrate grace, economy and flow in their swimming. Terry taught a more integrated approach that involved the entire body rather than just the hands and legs. The resulting stroke moved the swimmer more like a dolphin.
There is no better way to spend a summer than working at an outdoor pool. I learned as a student that you could make a good living, be respected, make a meaningful contribution to your community and enjoy most days at work. That is something that we all seek, whether we are 17 or 57. Like Terry, early on I observed choosing a more integrated approach that allows me to balance my talents, values, passions, and lifestyle. By integrating multiple elements you don’t have to work harder, rather you work smarter.
Managing your career doesn’t have to feel like you are swimming upstream. Like Terry, I’ve spent the past 20 years studying philosophy, business, assessment tools. Through this, I have created The Career Identity Program that thousands of Canadians have used to have a more successful and fulfilling career.
I’ve seen our clients be able to restore grace, flow and economy to help grow and develop themselves not just in their career, but throughout their entire lives.
Along the road with you,
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