Cruising along the interstate last week, I decided to see what was on the radio. I scrolled through several selections and settled on Here and Now where author John Green (Paper Towns) was being interviewed. While it is difficult to take notes while driving 70 mph, I grabbed pen and paper and jotted these words: beginning times and ending times; times of firsts and lasts.
Beginnings; endings. Firsts; lasts. In the career world, I have dealt with hundreds of clients who have experienced beginnings, endings, firsts and lasts.
Your first day on the job.
Your first job offer.
Your last day of school.
Your first performance review.
Your last paycheck.
Your first “A” or “F” in college.
Beginning a new job.
Ending a job of 28 years.
Beginning a job search.
Ending your days of unemployment.
Your first promotion.
Your last raise.
Your first day with a new boss.
The last day in your office before retirement.
First night in your new home.
Last night in your college dormitory.
First trip in your new car.
Last time you saw your boss.
First time your work was criticized.
First time you lost a big account.
Last time you got fired.
Beginning a new friendship.
Ending an unhealthy relationship.
First letter of rejection.
Ending a non-compete contract.
Beginning something new.
Ending something that’s been over for a while.
First time you stood up for yourself.
Beginning to make some changes.
Ending a career that no longer holds meaning.
Beginning to see a different path.
First time you did a Skype interview.
Last time you cried.
First time the "boss" had your back.
Last time you laughed.
First time you’ve been happy in a long time.
Beginning times and ending times.
Times of firsts and lasts.