Mark Twain left this world 100 years ago this month (April 21st.)
As indicated yesterday, given the month that is in it, I'm taking some of his writings and show how you – in your job search - can learn from a master storyteller.
Twain was probably THE finest humorous speaker ever. He might have concurred that he did suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune during his 75 years on this planet. He suffered through bankruptcy, the loss of beloved family members and at one stage, he himself went through the pain and angst of job search.
So here (this time very brief but potent excerpt from Tom Sawyer) is more Mark Twain wisdom and practices to help you in your job search.
EXCERPT FROM TOM SAWYER
"The wider (Widow Douglas) eats by a bell; she goes to bed by a bell; she gits up by a bell - everything's so awful reg'lar a body can't stand it." Huck Finn complaining about the monotony of life with his guardian, the Widow Douglas
The Lesson for the Job Seeker.
Monotony is one of the common complaints of the job search and it can do your head in. Let's listen in for a moment to our characters in SHEIFGAB the World: 8 Building Blocks to Successful Job Transition
“Right! Our next building block – ‘E’ for Environment.”
“Environment? You’re not going all green and Al Gore on us now, Finbarr, are you?”
“No, Bill, I’m not, but the logic is similar. For you as a job seeker, the critical thing is to ensure your Environment stays fresh and, in a metaphorical sense, is not overcome by green house gases, because when it is, you stifle and suffocate.
“Right! By a show of hands, how many of you start your day checking email? Looks like everyone. How many do your email in your home office, den or whatever you call it? Hmm! All of you. And the final question in this trilogy is: Does your day lack the sense of excitement, buzz or change you had when in paid employment?”
“You can write it, Finbarr. You can write it.”
“OK. There’s general consensus again. Now, here’s what I’m getting at with the Environment building block. One of the many differences between the normal day of a NIGEP and the person in paid employment is the level of stimulus and change in their respective day. When you were working with your previous employer, every day was different. Sure, there may have been times when you felt it was just the same drudgery, week after week, but even if you were stuck in your Dilbert-type cubicle day after day, things were changing. You had different challenges and different people addressing you, encouraging you and maybe even criticizing you.
“The stimuli and the environment were in a regular and constant state of change. You could not always know what the next day would bring. Indeed much of your day was outside your control – something that might have been frustrating, but it meant you did not do the same thing, in the same way, at the same time in the same place – on your own. But that is the situation you now have.”
(Later, Finbarr goes on to say) “In any event, the critical thing for you as a job seeker is NOT to do the same thing, in the same way, at the same time, in the same place – on your own. If you fall into that trap it leads to a lack of energy… which leads to a lack of productivity… which leads to a lack of results, which of course leads to a lack of motivation, which, of course, leads to… You know what it leads to? It leads to depression,” Finbarr said with empathy and sincerity.
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