I read this book one time…
OK, I’ve read more than one book, and many of them weren’t text books. Did you ever read your textbooks all the way through as was suggested by your teacher or professor? Perhaps you did, that makes you a better student than me. The book I am referring to is, “Finding Your Way,” by Dan Webster & Randy Gravitt. Full disclosure, this book was presented at a conference at my church and I attended believing it would help my work in the Kent ISD Career Readiness Department, and it has.
Presented as a fictional story, it models a simple method for helping a person discover themselves in a new way which hopefully leads to them knowing what they want to be when they grow up- so to speak. There are several simple steps:
- Talk to someone who knew you when you were young. Less than 10 years old. When we’re young, we haven’t developed the ability to be who we think we’re supposed to be. Instead we’re just ourselves. Ask them what kind of kid you were- a bookish sort? A LEGO nerd? A math-head? A jock? etc… Take notes.
- This is data point # 1.
- Recall what kinds of teams, or tasks you were a part of as a young person and write them down. Did you love glee club? band? the student senate? debate? chess club?
- This is data point # 2.
- What kinds of early jobs did you have? Did you like them or not? Write down what you liked or didn’t.
- This is data point # 3
- Determine if who you were, what you liked, and what early jobs you liked can be linked.
I like to think of these as data points on a graph. Where is the line of best fit pointing? Have you always been heading toward becoming an industrial engineer? principal? wind turbine technician? construction manager? barista? community health worker? software developer ?
The story of our lives -when laid out this way- can be a great indicator of our direction, or our, “direction of best fit.”
-EN (echo november)