But first, let me tell you about the photo above. I don't know if the man with the beautifully contented draft horse (my grandfather, George Randall) thought much about his calling. Unless you count his habit of working hard and being honorable. Like most of our grandfathers, he didn't have a career, he had jobs: Dairy farmer, local politician, fixer of fences, master of horses and dogs. He had time to perform most of his work thoughtfully, quietly, steadily, physically, on his own or with long-term friends. He lived during a time when it was possible for an individual to know just about everything that was known. Like your ancestors, he lived through wars and the Great Depression, and a pandemic that took the lives of three to five percent of the world’s population—mostly the young and the vigorous--just a few years before this picture was taken. He didn’t have a phone yet.
Ninety years later we have a lot in common with George. Like him, we spend the majority of our adult waking hours working. And like him, during those hours:
- We love feeling challenged and getting better at things--We don't mind a little discomfort in order to accomplish good outcomes,
- We love making a difference, having a sense of meaning to our work,
- We love it when we can trust and be trusted, and to be both noble and grateful.
If you wrestle with those two questions, my coaches and I have some resources for you coming up:
- If you are (or someone you love is) a new graduate, Check out our "Career GPS" page. We are lined up to help this year's Millennials get off to a great start.
- And if you are (or someone you love is) has been interested in our training programs, but you don't live in the Seattle Area, we are designing a distance learning option with you in mind. This fall and winter we will launch trainings both in Seattle and via our new distance-learning option. (We're very excited about this.)