By now you’ve heard about Diana Nyad’s historic swim from Cuba to Florida and no doubt been impressed by the physical and emotional stamina she displayed swimming 103 miles, dodging sharks and jellyfish, and battling sea sickness. Swimming was the first individual sport I truly loved, so the story initially peaked my interest because I appreciated the magnitude of the training involved. But my interest quickly turned to Diana’s amazing message of faith, hope, persistence, and accountability; a message that anyone can draw strength from. The words she said that keep playing in my head are:
- Never give up.
- You are never too old to chase your dreams.
- It looks like a solitary sport but it takes a team.
What a great message for job seekers who have been “battling the elements” of a volatile economy or boomers who feel their age may be an obstacle in their job search. Job search is a journey which includes its own sharks and jellyfish. And while many view it as a solitary grind, it actually takes a team of advocates and supporters to help you make it to the finish line.
Watch Diane Nyad’s Dare to Dream TedxBerlin lecture for 20 minutes of inspiration. I guarantee it will help “improve your stroke” and reset your job search course to get closer to your career destination.