A friend of mine will begin to play The Career Search Game. Given the new rules of this Game, she’s not quite sure which direction to take (and definitely wants to pass go and collect $200). My friend decided that before rolling the dice, she would create her “I can” list.

“Your what list?” I asked incredulously.

“I can list – a list of any and all activities I can do to make a healthy livelihood. You know, things like, ‘I can tell stories. I can teach. I can walk dogs.’ …”

A positive free-form list! What a creative way to begin The Career Search.

“Well, what happens after you have that list? Are you really going to look for dog-walking jobs?”

“Ha! Not exactly! Then I review the list and decide which tasks I really could do and which I absolutely won’t do. The goal is to get the list down to some jobs that I’d really like to do. Then I start looking.”

“So you’re looking to expand the type of work you could look for?”

“That’s one possibility. The free-form list may reveal some type of activity I’ve never thought about but have the skills. And who knows? Maybe dog walking is a clue that might lead me to Veterinarian Assistant (doubtful, but it could)!”

Here are some items my friend has on her list:

  • I can organize work flow and materials.
  • I can listen to people with empathy.
  • I can walk dogs and care for cats.
  • I can supervise and motivate teams of people.
  • I can be a storyteller.
  • I can do and teach arts and crafts.
  • I can drive and use maps or a GPS.

It’s 2012. The rules of The Career Search Game have changed – even in the last year. Why not begin the game with an “I can” list?

I can write lists.

  • I can edit.
  • I can write a blog.
  • I can pass go and collect $200!
  • I can…

What’s on your “I can” list?

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Advice from the Woodland:

Find your path…Start from the ground up…Stretch your limbs…Branch out…Root for others…Make room for new growth š

From Your True Nature calendar.