Category: Journeys Written by Robert Wilkinson
We all wind up looking for a new job at some point or another. While many get overwhelmed at how to begin, today I’ll share a few key points which will help you get clear and not waste time getting discouraged.
First, remember nothing’s permanent. Sometimes we just need something in between and whatever we find won’t be on our CV. However, that doesn’t mean we can get too comfortable at the temporary job, since it is temporary.
Your life is a journey. You’ll do many things along the way.
Second, never underestimate the temporary job, since it could lead you into something you really like in a different department or area. Every single thing we are called to do teaches us a skill if we’re open to it. It may be a physical skill, or an emotional skill. It might be how we choose to deal with the stress/boredom/whatever, or it could be a skill related to team building or cooperation. And you never know if that person working with you is also trying to find another gig, and may recommend you if something opens.
Never underestimate a small gig, since it could lead you to a big gig.
Third, you are not the jobs you’ve done. You are a skill set looking to find a place to grow in your expertise while enjoying the experience. (Yes, it’s possible to find a relatively perfect gig you like where you fit in and grow in your awareness.)
There are two kinds of resumes; one is a list of the jobs you’ve done; the other is the list of skills you’ve acquired during your jobs. When I used to coach people looking to upgrade their resumes, I had them focus on the 3-5 main skills they’ve learned and how they applied them effectively. This changes how you look at yourself and your growth path. Rather than seeing life as a series of jobs, it’s more useful and feels better to make a list of your skills, and how you demonstrated those skills in the jobs you’ve done.
You have the skills someone needs, so look for situations which fit your skills.
Fourth, while not all jobs are what you’re meant to do in the long run, each job you’ve done contributed to the richness of your skill set. This gets back to the second point, since any job you are hired to do brings opportunities to apply the skills you have while learning new skills. Everything we do makes us more well-rounded in our understanding of what suits us and what doesn’t.
You’re a work in progress, learning something new every day.
Fifth, never fear moving on. When we realize something’s done, it’s better to sit with the knowledge that we have completed a chapter of realization where we got to apply many things, process what we’ve learned and how we’ve changed, and be patient and cheerful as we prepare to leave on our own terms. Nature abhors a vacuum, and there’s always another gig out there which needs our skills.
When you hear the call to do something new, be joyous that you have the power to leave on your own terms, gathering your power as you prepare for the next gig.
Sixth, our attitude about ourselves, life, and possibilities conditions what will come to us. This applies across many life areas. Often we cop bad attitudes about people and situations. This naturally creates conflict in our ability to attract a better gig. Either we have a good attitude or a bad attitude; these are mutually exclusive, and a bad attitude always obstructs whatever a good attitude will attract. So be positive in your search, and if one path doesn’t get you where you need to go, find another path.
Your attitude entirely determines what presents itself. No one likes a downer, and while we shouldn’t pretend to be cheerful when we’re not, we can always find the positive good in the moment.
Seventh, it doesn’t matter what others think. They are not us, and we are not them. They do not have our experience, our hopes, our dreams or our skills, regardless of appearances. We can’t be limited by others’ imagination, or values, or expectations, or timeline. We can only do the best we can in the circumstances we’re in, and have to find our own way. No one else can do it for us, nor determine what it’s supposed to look like.
Don’t judge yourself according to others’ standards. They don’t live your life, nor you theirs. Each of us has our own path to tread on our own terms.
Eighth, be willing to learn and learn even more at each turn of the wheel. Sometimes we need more education to grow into a field of activity where we can have fun, make money, learn and teach and enjoy doing what we do. Sometimes the education involves taking classes; don’t let the fear of spending money and time put you off your goal of learning what you need to learn to grow into whatever you’re here to do.
Life is about learning, growing and living. Be positive and willing to keep learning your entire life, since you never know when what you’ve learned is exactly what is needed in that moment.
Ninth, we all have a purpose for being alive on Earth. Everything we do serves to bring us face to face with our purpose. Usually, we are not what we do, but when what we do expresses our inner purpose and fulfillment, then we’re exactly where we need to be.
Everything we do reveals our purpose. If we seem to be off track it’s not a problem, since even those experiences can serve our understanding of what’s right for us and what’s not.
All I’ve offered you is the result of my direct experience this lifetime. I’ve been on my own since I was a teenager, and had to make it with not much more than my brain and heart.
Along the way, I’ve done many gigs this life, and yet throughout my entire adult life I’ve been learning and practicing astrology as a counselor and teacher. I suppose I can say my work journey this life began when I learned to type when I was 15 so I could do my own high school and college papers and even got paid a little to type others’ papers.
In my 20s upon graduating with a degree which was useless in getting me a job, I took a low paying gig as an industrial cook in a large scale dorm where we had to produce 2000 meals for lunch and another 2000 meals for dinner. I also worked running a pizzeria at the same time. When I left the dorm kitchen I got a gig in a vegetarian co-op restaurant, where I learned restaurant management skills (while still running the pizza joint). I didn’t make much money, but I ate well, and learned enough cooking skills that my family and friends are grateful to this day!
In my 30s I did a lot of temp work using my typing skills. Even there I got so good that one gig with the state had me processing complex tax forms. Then I wanted to know more about computers so I took classes in programming, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and the internet (such as it was in 1985-86).
My knowledge of computers and ability to type fast, accurately, and use words creatively, along with the willingness to take temp gigs which didn’t pay a fortune, helped me land a job in a cable television production company which managed 3 Austin public access channels. That led to me being trained to produce, direct, and edit television shows while practicing my computer programming skills working with another pioneering code writer in the programming department. I learned how to operate cameras, route the audio and video signals, and all the other intricacies of television production, direction, and editing. The lighting skills I learned there led me to understand the principles of light and shadow which are the basis of the meditation I give you every Full Moon.
My typing also allowed me to begin writing original material in my 20s, which led to my first book in 1979. While I didn’t do much writing in my early 30s other than about 200 songs and then learning about computers and television in my mid to late 30s, I began writing again in my early 40s and by 1997 successfully published my Mercury retrograde book to global rave reviews. Why did I choose to write about Mercury retrograde? Because nothing had been written about it, and there was a lot of superstition, dread, and rumors going on. I found something the public needed, and wrote about it.
My typing also allowed me to jump into the fray of the blogosphere in 2001 when it was still a wild and untamed electronic frontier. While the other bloggers HATED astrology and metaphysics, and didn’t hesitate to tell me so while insulting me with ugly attacks, I figured it was best to counter them when I could without provoking more conflict while continuing to create articles for those who wanted to learn about astrology and metaphysics.
Now, after many years of doing what I do, I can look back and see how it all fit together, even though sometimes I didn’t see it at the time. Our lives are a continuum of increasing awareness, increasing our skill set, and learning how to have a good attitude despite the deadening attitudes of the world and some of who we meet along the way.
So if you’re looking for a new gig, please take note of these 9 points as you embrace the quest to find your perfect gig which honors your skills, rewards your efforts, has others who are your teammates and might be your friends, and gives you a sense that you’re doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing at this part of your life.
You can find your perfect gig, whether something already established or something you will establish when you’re ready. Enjoy the unfolding journey to finding your perfect gig!
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Robert wilkinson An internationally-known astrologer, author, public speaker, metaphysician, and futurist, with over 25 years experience as a counselor and educator. He has presented hundreds of public talks on all aspects of Astrology, the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the Western Wisdom tradition and promoted many mass gatherings and cultural events. Some of his specific areas of interest and expertise include personality profiles, degree patterns, integrative astrology, various aspect harmonics, among others.
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