List making and finding a new career path

I’m great at making lists, then losing them shortly thereafter, so  I am keeping a master to do list in the tab above for myself in the hopes that some day, soon, I will decide what my next career path is going to be.

This is last year I have to determine what path I’m going to take.  Littlest one will be in kindergarten by 2010, so time’s a-wastin’.

Now that I’m clearing out some headspace and letting some emotional stuff out, I’m ready to work on making some real decisions.

Mostly, it’s in part because of this comment by Grady Towers in IQ and the Problem Of Social Adjustment

…many Mensans have fallen victim to two minor forms of maladjustment: lack of self-discipline, and spreading themselves too thin. Most people in Mensa’s IQ range have escaped these traps and made better use of their talents. But even a quick, informal survey will show that Mensa is very much underrepresented in all of the professions. Those that have acquired their PhDs or other necessary credentials find ample stimulation from their colleagues and from belonging to professional organizations. They have no need of Mensa. In fact, in some fields, acknowledging one’s membership in Mensa would prove the kiss of death, professionally.

At first, I got a little offended by this. Not because I’m a Mensan (I’m not), but because I’m now a stay at home mom but I WAS a credentialed professional who did find ample stimulation from my colleagues and from the professional organizations (I even got a free biotech conference trip to Reno, Nevada once, that was pretty amazing) . It’s not my fault I don’t have enough stimulation now. Right? Well, yes and no…this is the problem:

What all of these people have proven is that they are capable of prolonged, disciplined effort.

~ Grady Towers

I lost a lot of that prolonged, disciplined effort I once had. It’s time to retrieve that skill again and find a specific focus and direction. I don’t particularly like being a jack of all trades and master of none. I am better off specializing in a chosen field again and I think I know what it is, but it’s a little too soon to tell.

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Interesting video of gifted underachievement I found while browsing the Talent Development Resource site.

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3 Responses to List making and finding a new career path

  1. Mom Gail says:

    I just had to share this with you. Be kind to yourself and enjoy this very new today!!!
    I Love You

    BEGINNING TODAY
    Beginning today I will no longer worry about yesterday. It is in the past and the past will never change. Only I can change by choosing to do so.

    Beginning today I will no longer worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will always be there, waiting for me to make the most of it. But I cannot make the most of tomorrow without making the most of today.

    Beginning today I will look in the mirror and I will see a person worthy of my respect and admiration. This capable person looking back at me is someone I can enjoy spending time with and someone I would like to get to know better.

    Beginning today I will cherish each moment of my life. I value this gift bestowed upon me in this world and I will unselfishly share this gift with others. I will use this gift to enhance the lives of others.

    Beginning today I will take a moment to step off the beaten path and to revel in the mysteries I encounter. I will face challenges with courage and determination. I will overcome what barriers there may be which hinder my quest for growth and self-improvement.

    Beginning today I will take life one day at a time, one step at a time. Discouragement will not be allowed to taint my positive self-image, my desire to succeed or my capacity to love.

    Beginning today I walk with renewed faith in human kindness. Regardless of what has gone before, I believe there is hope for a brighter and better future.

    Beginning today I will open my mind and heart. I will welcome new experiences- I will meet new people. I will not expect perfection from myself nor anyone else; perfection does not exist in an imperfect world. But, I will applaud the attempt to overcome human foibles.
    Beginning today I am responsible for my own happiness and I will do what makes me happy…
    admire the beautiful wonders of nature,
    listen to my favorite music,
    pet a kitten or puppy,
    soak in a bubble bath.
    Pleasure can be found in the most simple of gestures
    Beginning today I will learn something new; I will try something different; I will savor all the various flavors life has to offer. I will change what I can and the rest I will let go. I will strive to become the best me I can possibly be.
    Beginning today- and every day for the rest of my life.

  2. Mom Gail says:

    I wrote this for my little brother, then the hospital newsletter printed it. This, I am sending to you from my heart.
    I BELIEVE IN YOU

    I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I BELIEVE IN YOU.
    I BELIEVE IN YOUR MIND…YOUR HEART. I BELIEVE, THAT WITH YOUR INTELLIGENCE, DETERMINATION, & YOUR DREAMS FOR A BETTER LIFE, YOU CAN AND WILL ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING THAT YOU SET YOUR MIND TO.
    NEVER PUT AWAY THE DREAMS THAT YOU HOLD INSIDE, YOU HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE THOSE DREAMS REAL.
    DON’T GIVE UP ON WHAT YOU WANT FROM LIFE…OR YOURSELF.
    YOU HAVE THE POWER INSIDE TO MAKE YOURSELF EXACTLY WHO AND WHAT YOU WANT TO BE, TO DO ALL OF THE THINGS THAT YOU WANT TO DO.
    BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, AND YOUR CAPABILITIES.
    I DO…. AND I WILL CONTINUE TO BELIEVE IN YOU EVEN IF YOU DON’T.

    Written by Gail L.
    March 5, 2005

    FOR ANYONE THAT NEEDS SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN THEM
    UNTIL THEY CAN BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES.

  3. raisingsmartgirls says:

    Mom Gail.

    I’m grateful to you. Thank you so much. I am sorry this is going to be so short. I stayed up too late last night writing. I’m so tired but I will be back later.

    I love you so much.

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