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Columbus | Career Angles

By Jeff Altmansailing

“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”

Nothing that results in human progress is achieved with unanimous consent. Those that are enlightened before the others are condemned to pursue that light in spite of the others.”

“Goals are simply tools to focus your energy in positive directions, these can be changed as your priorities change, new one added, and others dropped.”

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”

“It is easy to discover what another has discovered before.”


~Christopher Columbus

We live in a time where so many people hug the shoreline, looking for safety when none exists.

We have ideas we never act on and thoughts we never share.

We die slowly in our desire for security, never losing sight of the shoreline.

Then, we lament our misery and express our dismay, all because we had no courage to make a different choice.

As Columbus points out, nothing will is achieved with unanimous consent.

You may fail.

You will also fail if you never try.

You can set small goals for yourself each week to move the needle forward.

You can adapt to changing circumstances, adding and subtracting as you learn more.

Columbus reminds us, “The sea will grant each man new hope, and sleep will bring dreams of home.”

You may never have done this before, and you may decide to start learning how to sail by hugging the shoreline. That’s okay.

It’s good practice for becoming a sailor or captain.

If you’ve never “sailed” before, you can start by reading an article on a website. That can be your first goal. You can progress to reading a book.

You can make low-cost investments to learn and to take action. There are many places where you can learn skills online without spending tens of thousands of dollars as many of you did for college in your advanced degrees.

These will keep you close to the shoreline. Then, from there, you can go further out until you lose sight of the coastline.

You may need support on your journey.

You know who that person can be for you.

If you don’t, find a mentor or coach to help you.

They can be your first mate.

You may find your “crew” wanting to rebel, but a good first mate will help you get to where you want to.

It’s time to put your toe in the water.

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2021


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 Career Angles | Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunteris the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2000 episodes.

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