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A friend recently reminded me of this quotation;

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? … Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory …that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

I am grateful to shed light on talents, skills, and abilities that are often hidden from the owner’s view. Listening carefully to people tell their stories of accomplishment and of success, they often skip over what I call their “awesomeness” – the abilities you so innately perform you forget to mention them. Like math to a mathematician, money to a banker, writing to an author or singing to a vocalist. We might assume the person with these talents features them…appreciates them… cherishes them.

Fortunate to be part of this conversation with many of my clients, after shining a bright light on a person’s excellence, I have the distinct pleasure of being with them as they re-discover their “awesomeness.” What a treat!

So this week, on multiple occasions I passed this quotation to friends, colleagues, mentors and coaches; hoping its impact was meaningful to them in a way that it was to me.

What talents do you possess that are in need of illumination?

Related Categories: Career Clarity, Resumes & ATS

About The Author
Maureen McCann is an award-winning career coach, master resume writer, and master certified interview, employment, and career strategist whose clients include C-level executives, managers, and professionals in all industries including the Canadian banking, oil and gas, healthcare, IT, and government sectors.

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