It was a simple call. Connecting with a former colleague and young talented professional. Catching up on life, and moves, and kids, and the next. It was good to hear their voice.
As we discussed the next (the next chapter, the next adventure, the next role, the next possible career choice) the tone changed. What was normally enthusiasm and optimism took a sharp turn toward self doubt.
“I’m not really an expert or very good at any one thing. I am to sure what I have to offer.”
We talked a little more and came up with a plan, with homework of course.
The homework was to make a list of all the things they can do, or have done.
But not just any list. The non-discounted list. Brainstorming and writing down without limits or assuming that those experiences have no value.
The non-discounted list is NOT letting our mind, or our narrator discredit or take away from the things we have and can do.
The non-discounted list reminds us of all the experiences, training, and skills we have picked up along life’s journey.
The non-discounted list gives us hope for the future and the next.
We will connect again to review the non-discounted list. But in the interim, I’ve decided to make my list as well. A reminder of all the things that may add value, help others, and make a difference.
Sometimes we forget about all the skills we pick up along the way.
So today, maybe you should make a list. But not any old list. The non-discounted list of all that you can bring into the world. When you do make your list, I would love to read it.