Let’s Happen To Things

WP_20150414_029It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” ~~Leonardo daVinci~~

2015 has been a tough year for a lot of people. Already. And, it’s not yet half over. Between the crazy weather, the crazy economy, the tragedies, the illnesses… it’s hard for me to sit here and tell you that everything happens for a reason.

Personally, I have to hold on to the notion that there’s a greater plan, and that I can’t possibly begin to understand that plan, but that’s not the practical advice that “you can use today” that I’ve become known for. So it’s time that I happen to things.

What if, instead, we look for ways to make something good happen from every situation? Yep. It’s time for us all to happen to things.

I had a job search client tell me that his recent unemployment has given him the time he has not made in a while to take care of himself and get a few things off of his to-do list. He’s been to the doctor, fixed a few things, did some preventative maintenance… and in light of the recent weather, some of this may have saved his house…

I had a friend tell me that her (more long-term) unemployment has given her the opportunity to volunteer. As she tries to stay busy and be useful (as well as keep the gaps off of her resume) she has been working hard in her town to increase the amount of food in the local food pantry and raise awareness about the hunger issues very close to home.

Leveraging social media, total strangers are reaching across the globe to help others in need. From encouragement and financial aid, to fundraising for little-known but highly valuable causes… the world is getting smaller in these times…

People are happening to things.

So, what does this have to do with talent management? Truth be told, nothing. At least not on the surface. But… just imagine for a second if every leader, every manager, every recruiter actually went out and happened to things. In a good way. In a positive way.

A little corny? Maybe. But what a difference a little “pay it forward” can make. Or, a kind word despite a mistake. Or, a voice of encouragement instead of criticism.

I challenge us all to find a way to make something good happen every day, in every situation, no matter how difficult.

Let’s all happen to things.

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