A lesson from the movies as well as a reminder

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I coach people. I try and help people professionally be more effective with job search and hiring, with leading and managing, and, well, it's living life.

And I was reminded of something recently. It took me back to an old movie called, "Being There," with Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, and a wonderful cast. It's the story of a simple man who's been a gardener his entire life, who's thrust into the world. Now, understand, he's lived in this one home since he was an infant, had no education, and now he's out in the world. He winds up in a situation I'll spare you the details of the story, where he's being cared for after an accident and he's been taken to the home of a Presidential advisor, and he ultimately is going to meet with the President and the advisor.

The two other men, the president and the advisor are starting to get into an argument about the economy. And they decided to ask this simple man that they don't realize is a simpleton about what they think about stimulating the economy through tax incentives. And the gardener's response, as a gardener might, "as long as the roots are not severed, all as well. And all the well in the garden."

The President looks quizzically at the gardener.

"Yes, and the garden growth has its seasons. First come spring and summer. But then we have falleand winter and then we get spring and summer again." And they interpret this as a metaphor for his thinking about the economy, and that everything is cyclical.

I'll tell you folks, there are times where you'll have good seasons and bad seasons. And you will be scared beyond belief and over excited and happy because you think you've turned the corner only to get pulled back. Life has seasons to it. And I'm not suggesting to you not to enjoy the good ones but I am suggesting that things are cyclical. And being aware of the cycles, especially when you're in the dumps will serve you.

I'm Jeff Altman. I hope you found this helpful. My website is NoBSCoachingAdvice.com and TheBigGameHunter.us. I hope you find the information there helpful. if you're interested in my coaching you. You can message me through the sites. There are buttons there that will tell you how to get a free discovery call with me or schedule yourself for coaching. And I'd love to help you.

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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 1700 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is


a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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