The Window

A favorite coaching client describes her job as a suckfest. “It’s not so bad,” she says in the same breath, “as long as I have two glasses of red wine every night.”

Her job is isolating. Enervating. The place where ideas go to die. It’s killing her soul, she says with a laugh, as if that’s not true. I’ve been working with her on finding a new job.

I have a theory about career success. A lot of it has to do with ability and preparation and persistence, of course. (When did you eat the marshmallow?)

And some of it has to do with luck.

I believe you can help luck find you. As I was talking about this with my client I had an image of her throwing open a window and letting in streams of bright sunlight.

And with the sunlight comes luck.

For her, opening the window translates into lots of informational interviews and telling a lot of people why they need her – not tasks that are particularly easy for her.

But if she doesn’t open the window, she gets the suckfest. Unless she’s very, very lucky.

I like the sunny window image. I’ve used it since with other clients. I’ve used it on myself this gray January:

What am I doing today to open the window?