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Jeff Bullas Follow your passion. It is a phrase that is often thrown around like confetti at weddings. But chasing that zephyr, that puff of wind can lead to a life stoyr random pursuits that are driven more by emotion than meaning.

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Person after person stood up and recounted a laundry list of credentials and jobs, in chronological order. Typically, the first act of a play is devoted to establishing this fact. My story was one of a fat kid from a poor family that grew up with dysfunction to the extreme in a small town where everyone knew your business.

I lived with the shame of being poor, being overweight, being raised by a single mother, having a troubled brother whwts an absent father for most of my life. One choice can change everything! We use stories to reinvent ourselves. This was a challenge for Sam Tierman, a former corporate HR executive one of us coached through a career transition.

The richer and more varied the reasons compelling you to change, the more comprehensible and acceptable that change will appear. In fact, every claim in your highlights section which supports your overall goal must be supported by your job summaries. She was attempting a big career change, from academe to Wall Street. The scales fall from our eyes, and the right course becomes obvious—or taking the leap suddenly looks easy. After high school I left my small town and moved to a big city where I thought no one would know my story and I could start fresh.

Your story has inherent drama

Stoory means that you must craft different stories for different possible selves and the various audiences that relate to those selves. Are you ready for it? But these descriptions are couched in the same terms as your experience highlights.

By this point, four full years had elapsed, and Sam had revised his narrative many times, with each step contributing to a more and more coherent story of change. The greater the value……the larger the legacy. So we downplay the very things that might make our stories compelling.

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The truth is, as you embark on a career transition, you will likely find yourself torn among different interests, paths, and priorities. She began the book as she went through diagnosis and treatment. I let my weight, my family, my money and my partner's thoughts and experiences define me for so long that I truly had no idea who I was at my core. They were trying to downplay discontinuity; to gloss over how large a professional jump they wanted to make; to avoid appearing wayward, lost, and flailing.

A good story, wuats, is essential for making a successful transition.

What’s your story?

You need to share your story I have had many business ideas. Third, summarize your professional work. So we need to step up. It will give us motivation and help us endure frustration, suffering, and hard work.

First, she attended a conference on organizational change where she heard industry gurus speak and met other people working in the field. The story includes scenes with her husband, her family, her life both before and after the diagnosis. You have to let the listener know that something is at stake for you personally. So I decided to stay in the high-tech environment, which I knew well, but also to go back to school.

How much value you empower. She did move to a stoory company, where she felt she could apply everything she had learned in coaching. Those who did leave time to wrap up tended merely to list the four or five disparate things they might be interested in pursuing next. But even the best storytellers find tales of transition challenging, with their built-in problems and tensions.

One of us, in the context of writing a book, has studied a wide variety of major career shifts; the other has worked extensively with organizations and individuals on the use of narrative to bring about positive change. A transition story has inherent dramatic appeal.

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After receiving a negative performance appraisal, he saw that he needed to be his own man. As he told his story at age 35, he looked back over his career and realized he had always responded to social pressure, bending to what others thought was the right thing for him to do.

Tales of transition are especially challenging. When we want someone to know us, we share stories of our childhoods, our families, our school years, our first loves, stoyr development of our political views, and so on.

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As important, you will also have gone far in convincing yourself. Second, create a bulleted list of experience highlights that clearly demonstrate your ability to do that job. The key is to dissect those experiences and find the pieces that relate to our current goals. When you finally get sick of reading the same shitty story over and yojr again and you can recite the words by heart you begin to wonder if there is more to life than that.

What's your story?

Many felt compelled to begin with their first job, some even with their place of birth. Sisterhood transcends the boundaries of illness and health no matter who you are or where you live. sory

To start. Failure to acknowledge a large degree of change will put off listeners and undermine their trust.

Emphasizing Continuity and Causality Now it becomes understandable why so many speakers in that networking meeting failed to do more than recite facts. June, like Sam, was able to change because she created a story that justified and motivated such a dramatic shift.

Do you know what your story is really about?

Be sure to point out any explanations that extend back in time. What could be more dramatic? It seems to reflect how the human mind wants to organize reality.