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Thank you, Dick, for the inspiring post. As I shared on my http://www.seattlejobcoach.com blog in response, the thing I like best about being a professional resume writer is the opportunity it gives me to really appreciate every client's career, no matter how socially valued or underappreciated, and to find the dignity and gold in every achievement, no matter how overlooked.

Lynell Burmark

Thanks, Big Guy. I'm doing a presentation to educators later today on finding the "gifts" in every student. I'll be sharing this quote. As usual, you are an inspiration!
Lynell Burmark

P.S. There's also a slide in the presentation of you in your "Writer" t-shirt. You continue to exemplify what you teach.

David Couper

Your posts are so interesting. I very much enjoy reading how you pull different thoughts together and relate them.
I sometimes despair of critics too. It can seem like they are looking to be clever and show who they are rather than to support and explain what the filmmaker has created. One of my coaching clients is friends with Kathryn Bigelow. He describes her as very smart, hard-working and a good person to be around.
It is sad when a female director succeeds (you can count A Level women directors on one hand) and critics are still ready to demolish her achievements.
I see the same thing happening in the corporate world. I once had a passionate discussion with a former boss about performance reviews. Her view was that she had to include things that we didn't do well in the review as part of continuous improvement. I get that we can always learn but it seems like continuous improvement was more like continuously getting it wrong. There was less focus on celebrating what we were doing well and more on what was perceived to be going wrong.
I seem to spend a lot of time with coaching clients helping them to get through criticism. They are told that they need to dress differently, keep up with the latest knowledge or that their resume is no good. I love to be able to help them see the wondrous talents and qualities that they have and that there are always new things to learn but that doesn't mean that they are wrong or bad!
I studied spiritual psychology which was a transformational experience and one of the key concepts was that we were all children of God having a human experience. I guess what that means to me is that we all make mistakes but at the core of it is what we bring from our hearts - that pure energy.
That to me is what some critics - whether they work for the New York Times or the new technology company - miss. Recognizing and celebrating who we are is what it's about.
David Couper

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