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Resurrecting Your Career - Lessons From The Great Fire

Wendy Dashwood-Quick

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Has your career been decimated by the recession? Are you sitting tight and waiting for the recession to end, in the hope that everything will return back to normal in a few months? Could you be waiting in vain? For those who are prepared to ‘go with it’ and look elsewhere for their new career – what signs would help you stay hopeful? Could you be reassured by a history lesson?

In 1666 the Great Fire of London savaged the City of London. It raged for days as it swept across the city after the flames were ignited at a tiny bakery in Pudding Lane. The fire raised most of London to the ground including St Paul’s Cathedral. However, history has shown that London has withstood other catastrophes including the Great Plague and The Blitz. The spirit of London will not be defeated and always comes back fighting.

In the past 12 months the recession has torn through the City of London and many institutions have gone bust or were severely damaged, creating massive job losses.

But, at an individual level are there any signs that your career could be resurrected in another form, to rise from the ashes? What would give you hope that there is the possibility for you to start again and build a new one? What would you need to keep you hopeful?

After the Great Fire Sir Christopher Wren was commissioned to design a brand new cathedral. By 1675 when stones were laid for the centre of the new building, stones from the Old St. Paul's were used. Wren noticed that one of the stones was marked with the Latin inscription “resurgam", which literally means “I shall rise again". He had the word inscribed on the pediment of the south door, beneath a carved phoenix.

Are you sitting around waiting for change, clinging onto your old life or career? Could you accelerate change and thus call forth some action which could attract new opportunities instead?

If you let go of the old and open yourself to new opportunities, and start building something new then perhaps your own mind can be utilised to greater effect. Empty to your mind, be open to change, ask questions challenge the norm and meet some new people – you never know what you’ll get back that may point the way for your career, and like the phoenix – rise again…

Wendy Dashwood-Quick is a Personal Development and Executive Coach, an NLP and EFT Practitioner. She helps individuals who are tied to the 9-5 ‘Get Out Of Their Own Way, and become more engaged, decisive and successful whilst still having a life. Her new Book “Discover Yourself On the Yellow Brick Road – 7 Core Principles of Success is published on Amazon in May. Click here to read a sample chapter


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