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Fulfillment@Work: LEARNING FROM YOU
February 1, 1999

Welcome to the Fulfillment@Work Newsletter
Published by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching
ISSN: 1533-3906


1. Question of the Day
2. From a Client of Dream Job Coaching
3. Learning from You
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Did You Know?

Question of the Day

What are we here to learn from you? You have gifts that come with you and you owe it to the rest of us to share this gift. It's selfish if you don't.

Feature Article
Learning From You

What are we here to learn from you? I love this question because your answer has the power to change your life. When answering this question, all of your energies become focused on why you are here - your purpose for living. You are one of a kind and when you leave the world that's it.You don't have another opportunity.

See yourself as an endangered species, with limited number of hours and energy in your life. You are here on this earth to serve a purpose. Honoring one's gifts means using them to contribute to others. How can you arrange your life to maximize your utilization of your gifts?

Looking at your life and work from this perspective has an incredible effect: it imparts new urgency to your desire to make a change today and to commit to doing something you believe in. We all have dreams we would like to accomplish, we have work we would love to do and we have loved ones we want to share and spend time with. These dreams whisper to us lightly, but most of the time we are too busy to hear. Allow yourself not just to hear the whisper, but to take action. Don't wait until it's too late and that special person isn't there any more or the opportunity doesn't present itself any more.

If you want to answer the question, What Are We Here To Learn From You, then do the following:

  • First, we must discover and acknowledge our gifts.
  • Second, we must learn how to share them with others.
  • Third, we must begin to create work that channels our gifts.

I work with my clients on all three of these areas. My specialty lies in the third step. What I want most for my clients is for them to find their true work. Work that taps into their passion and provides a means for them to express what WE are here to learn from them. Don't wait to allow the true you to come forward. Make your footsteps on the sand of time now.

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~ Joel Garfinkle
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From a Client of Dream Job Coaching

Joel and I have been working together for three months now.We are at the point where we are breaking ground in the construction of my new career. I am basically doing a 180 in my working world. Besides the big change, my skills have not been put to the test and have not been graded or reviewed since I was 17.

Ten years later, as I make one of the biggest changes in my life from my role as an accountant to journalist, yes journalist, I am scared and uncertain about the future that lies ahead.

Joel asks me, "Why do you want to lead yourself down this path?" I am stumbling, at a loss for words, which is rare because I think Joel and I have addressed this. He knows why. He asks, "What is it that draws you to this choice of becoming a journalist?" Still, I am fumbling.

He pushes further in that Joel way calling you on your choice of words for further prodding. Trying to find meaning and wanting clarification behind all that you tell him. He puts up a mirror in front of you and makes you look at yourself and acknowledge what you see.

Be careful what you say you want because he wants you to have it. So, the words come and I start reeling off a personal example. "Stop," he says. "Write that down. That word you just said, raw, write that down."

I pause to write it down. Now, I am moving. My engine is now running and more examples and descriptions come to me. Whenever something I say has a tone of passion - grabs him - he stops me and he has me write it down. At the end of ten minutes, I have a very rough couple of sentences. What I see in front of me are my thoughts formulating into words which when seen on paper give clarity to my passion and message.

I now can voice to others what is my passion as I begin the process of landing the job I truly want, becoming a journalist. Joel says, "This is what you will use as a basis for your next step. Perfect it. Practice it. Use it."

This creation will be the basis of communicating my objective for informational interviews and further networking. To see my passion on paper is the next step in building the foundation to my new career. I have broken ground.

Quotes of the Week

What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? Mary Oliver I have heard it said that the first ingredient of success, the earliest spark in the dreaming youth - is this: dream a great dream.
~ John Alan Appleman

Did You Know?

When Fred Astaire received his first screen test he was shocked and hurt to read what the memo said from the testing director of MGM evaluating his performance. It was dated 1933 and said the following:


Astaire kept that memo over the fireplace in his Beverly Hills home. Think what would happen if Fred Astaire had listened to this testing director at MGM. He wouldn't have followed his passion. Not only would we suffer, but we all would have lost out on the gifts of watching and being entertained by one of the bestdancers ever.

Coaching Tip: You owe it not just to yourself, but to everyone, to tap into your passions, honor your gifts and realize your purpose. Don't be shy with your power. At times, you will have people not believing in you and at times you won't believe in yourself, but if this is truly your passion, then stay true to it and what you most desire.

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