Happy tears

Hopefully, there will be moments in your career where someone who matters to you will tell you how you made a difference.

It may be with a mentor or with the mentee. It will not matter. It will reach down into your heart and touch you in a particular way.

Maybe, it will be the reverse. You will tell someone how much they’ve meant to you and how they have helped you be so important.

You will tell them honestly and vulnerably.

I remember telling someone I worked with that I was leaving and was going to be moving to North Carolina. I remember telling her how important they were to me in this office. They were someone who I could talk to and sort things out with as I know I was for them. We had a playful nickname for one another that reflected the relationship.

We felt “happy tears” as we had a brief cry in the conference room together.

It was a surprise to her that I would be leaving and moving. After all, it happened pretty quickly.

The conversation we had in very few words led to emotions that we felt for one another.

To be clear, because we live in times where emotions between a man and a woman can be misinterpreted, they were never romantic.

If we had feelings for one another nonetheless.

Happy tears.

They signal something meaningful and important– a relationship of significance.


Try not to wait for your departure or there’s to express it.



Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1900 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Career Angles | Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterCouncil.

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