Not all turtles are teenagers or ninjas! Recently at sunrise along the Texas coastline, I watched over 100 endangered Kemp’s Riddley hatchlings released through a recovery program.
Many of the hatchlings wouldn’t make it to their first swim if it weren’t for park rangers, conservationists, and volunteers. Female turtles instinctually lay their eggs in the sand and leave the nest unsupervised to return to the Gulf of Mexico. This leaves the eggs at the mercy of predators, vandals, and other destructive conditions.
Through conservation programs, the abandoned nests are located, the eggs are safely moved to incubators, and the eggs are monitored. When the eggs hatch, the turtles are released along the shoreline with numerous precautions.
As the tiny turtles are released on the beach to journey to the water’s edge, some catch on quickly, others wander a bit or need frequent rests, others need time, and others are gently picked up and redirected toward the shoreline.
These tiny awkward hatchlings enter the water for the first time with applause from the excited crowd and suddenly transform into confident creatures that quickly glide out to deeper waters.
It reminds me of some wisdom I have learned after coaching thousands of people toward their best professional lives.
A rough start doesn’t dictate your finish. Instead, choose your adventure to success.
Everyone needs a helping hand from time to time. Ask for it.
Some people will cheer you on to your best life. Keep them close.
Your path is your path; straight, wandering, frequent stops, or with a bit of help now and then. Stop comparing.
When given the right environment, great things are possible. Don’t settle.
Take a recent client of mine, a single mom who had worked at the same company for over 11 years. She had grown a lot and became a preferred person to work with for internal clients and customers.
When the company didn’t have the tools to plan a successful delivery and implementation of the hardware for large projects, she created her spreadsheets, drawings, plans, and detailed directions for the onsite installers and was available for questions. She also took the time to update the customers on installation progress, delays, or problems.
Unfortunately, her company didn’t value her growth, out-of-the-box problem solving, dedication, or the positive feedback from those that worked with her. She was stuck with low pay, no clear path or friendly path for advancement, and a heaping helping of self-doubt.
After working together, documenting her strengths and accomplishments, she picked up some certifications and “started doubting her doubts.” She interviewed for and landed a job that doubled her salary at a new company. Talk about transformation!
This is why I love my job!
Helping my clients build their confidence muscles, doubt their doubts, and find the right environment for thriving, as the client above shows, can truly transform a life or the entire family in this case.
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