This month, Boy Scouts of America celebrates its 100th year of existence. As a Scout leader I’m constantly reminded of the sacred oath that all Scouts commit to, as it is recited thousands of times per day around the country: “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” That pledge is intended to remind each Scout: to put other people before themselves, to choose the right thing to do, even when not convenient, and to put God above all else.
What does this have to do with the job search process? The common denominator is people. Treat all people that you deal with, whether helping you with your search, or strangers on the street with respect. Take the time to help others. This ties into the Golden Rule, too: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.
Simple things you can do: hold the door open for the person behind you, let the person at the 4 way stop proceed before you do, let the person with one item in the grocery line go ahead of you with the full shopping cart. Allow yourself to behave more humbly and you will be doing right by people and by God.
To tell you the truth, when I was on top I had an ego. I was not an obnoxious snob, but I tended to think that I was better than a lot of people. That attitude got me where I am today: unemployed. Today, I have so much more to be thankful for. I have a loving family that adores me and I’m a much more humble man than I used to be. I’ve taken time to “Stop and Smell the Roses,” to borrow the song title from Mac Davis. I know now that family comes first and I’m enjoying being Dad more than I ever have in my life.
I firmly believe that obtaining this humble attitude will make me a better servant to the customers that I’ll help in my next career, as well as to God.
May you find the humility within yourself “to help other people at all times” so that you may enjoy the rewards that come with it.
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