The Poet, Rumi, and Your Career | Career Angles

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter uses a poem by Rumi to call attention to how you should manage your career.

 

This is going to be one of those unconventional videos I do but I think it’s a very important one to hear. It starts off with a poem by Rumi, the. Middle Eastern poet many many centuries ago and I’m just going to read it off my screen and then speak to you.

“Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on, I’ll be mad!”

Now, let me start off by breaking down the poem. Forget safety– if there’s any lesson that you should take from the Great Recession or the great economic collapse that the world has experienced these past years, it is that all the safe decisions that you made were useless in the face of that kind of danger. And I must in all candor tell you, most of you make decisions based upon perceived safety and there is no security anymore. You know that intellectually. I’m going to repeat it to you so every time someone talks to you about “it’s a big secure company,” yeah, tell me about all the big secure companies that went out of business and laid off thousands of people and are still laying off thousands of people.

So, you know, you have to make decisions based upon your needs, you have to do things that serve you and that’s where the second line comes in. Live where you fear to live. You have to start looking out for yourself instead of surrendering that to employers all the time. Employers want you to do tasks. They want you to do jobs. They want you to do stuff that may not serve your interests. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard of people accepting transfers to do work on stuff that’s garbage, that has no marketability but, hey, you know, if they’re willing to do it, the employer says screw let them do it. We don’t care. We just need someone to do it.

So “live where you fear to live, is the notion of taking responsibility for your own career.

Destroy your reputation. Most of don’t have a reputation to destroy. Most of you, even if you say, “oh yeah? I’ve got a good reputation. I’m going to turn this thing off.” Well you have such a small reputation such a finite one it has no value. So recognize that and then start working with building a reputation that has value.

“Be notorious.” You know so much of what we see on the web and what attracts our attention is stuff that is authentic. It is honest. It is not homogeneous. Business demands homogeneity. They want disposable people and you’ve been trained since the first thing you sent into school to be a nice, obedient boys or girls while “be notorious,”

I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on, I’ll be mad.” From now on, instead of prudently planning which is following all the conventions, start looking at what gets you excited and looking for things that make you excited.  Take action to fulfill them. I’m not saying quit your job but start looking at opportunities to really satisfy your needs.

Now, these days, the notion that you can surrender to an employer and be taken care of from your first job to the time you retire, gone! You know that! And how many people have gotten laid off? So, at the end of the day, look out for yourself and take action to look out for yourself.

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Hi! I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter and I this is going to be one of those
unconventional videos I do but I think it's a very important one to hear. It
starts off with a poem by Rumi, the. Middle Eastern poet many many centuries
ago and I'm just going to read it off my screen and then speak to you. "Forget
safety. Live where you fear to live.. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I
have tried prudent planning long enough.. From now on, I'll be mad!" Now, let me start
off by breaking down the poem. Forget safety-- if there's any lesson that you
should take from the Great Recession or the great economic collapse that the
world has experienced these past years, it is that all the safe decisions that you
made were useless in the face of that kind of danger. And I must in all candor
tell you, most of you make decisions based upon perceived safety and there is
no security anymore. You know that intellectually. I'm going to repeat it to
you so every time someone talks to you about "it's a big secure company," yeah,
tell me about all the big secure companies that went out of business and
laid off thousands of people and are still laying off thousands of people. So, you
know, you have to make decisions based upon your needs, you have to do things
that serve you and that's where the second line comes in. Live where you fear
to live. You have to start looking out for yourself instead of surrendering
that to employers all the time. Employers want you to do tasks. They want you to do
jobs. They want you to do stuff that may not serve your interests. I can't tell you
the number of times I've heard of people accepting transfers to do work on stuff
that's garbage, that has no marketability but, hey, you know, if they're willing to
do it, the employer says screw let them do it. We don't care. We just need
someone to do it. So "live where you fear to live, is the notion of taking
responsibility for your own career.. Destroy your reputation. Most of
don't have a reputation to destroy. Most of you, even if you say, "oh yeah? I've got
a good reputation. I'm going to turn this thing off." well you have such a
small reputation such a finite one it has no value. So recognize that and then
start working with building a reputation that has value. "Be notorious." You know so
much of what we see on the web and what attracts our attention is stuff that is
authentic. It is honest. It is not homogeneous. Business demands homogeneity.
They want disposable people and you've been trained since the first thing you
sent into school to be a nice, obedient boys or girls while "be notorious," I have
tried prudent planning long enough. From now on, I'll be mad." From now on, instead
of prudently planning which is following all the conventions, start
looking at what gets you excited and looking for things that make you excited
Take action to fulfill them. I'm not saying quit your job but start looking
at opportunities to really satisfy your needs. Now, these days, the notion that you
can surrender to an employer and be taken care of from your first job to
the time you retire, gone! You know that!. And how many people have gotten laid off?
So, at the end of the day, look out for yourself and take action to look out for
yourself. I'm Jeff Altman. Hope you found this helpful. Come over toTheBigGameHunter.us
There's a lot more there. Go to my blog there. I'm
moving all my content over there (done) so if you don't see something designated by
page, go to the blog. Also, connect with me on LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/in/TheBigGameHunter
Hope you have a great day! Take care

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff 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 2400 episodes. He also hosts Job Search TV on YouTube, and Amazon, as well as on BingeNetworks.tv for Apple TV and 90+ smart sets.

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