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We Are Born Dreamers…

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me “how did you get the opportunity to really do what you wanted to do?”  I would have millions!  So many people go to the college their parents went to, they get the first job their ‘suppose to get’ and they think they are on their way.  They get married, buy a house, have kids and at 37 wonder ‘what’s next’.

I was fortunate to be tapped on the shoulder 33 years ago, (while working on an Independent Study at Michigan State University) inside Oldsmobile product development, an “unclassified” Executive said to me ‘you are unique, you have a special talent, and I want you to work directly for me.”  I was just a kid still in college, board with school, took a volunteer job at Oldsmobile in product development (I was a psychology major at the time) and the rest is history.  By the way, after 16 months of working everyday 7:00-5:00 I was told “we don’t have volunteers…there are paychecks waiting for you in Human Resources you never picked up.”  I was the first female in the engineering building that was not a secretary!  Reminds me of “Mad Men”.

He became my mentor, I worked directly for him for four years.  After a year and a half he asked me to put together a 15 year plan for myself (I was 21).  I thought ’15 years, heck that is about as old as I am!’  Yet, I didn’t have a better idea so I went for it.  I broke it into three segments of five years.  Which my BHAG became “To be the most sought after growth strategist working for CEO’s before I am 30,”  There was no job position like this at the time, so I had to create the demand for one, I was 27 years old.

A gift my mentor gave me a year before it was time for me to leave my first job: (1984)

The World Needs More Dreamers
 
Dreamers take chances. Like everyone else, they fear failing,
but they refuse to let fear control them.
 
Dreamers don’t give up.
When life gets rough, they hang in until the going gets better.
Dreamers are flexible.
They realize there is more than one way and are willing to try others.
Dreamers know they are not perfect,
They respect their weaknesses while making the most of their strengths.
Dreamers fall, but they don’t stay down.
They stubbornly refuse to let a fall keep them from climbing.
 
Dreamers don’t blame fate for their failures nor luck for their successes.
Dreamers accept responsibility for their lives.
Dreamers are positive thinkers who see good in all things.
From the ordinary, they make the extraordinary.
Dreamers believe in the path they have chosen even when it’s hard,
even when others can’t see where they are going.
 
Dreamers are patient.
They know a goal is only as worthy as the effort that’s required to achieve it.

What gifts have you given your employees?

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