"You can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow." ~ Janis Joplin
Janis Lyn Joplin was a singer, songwriter and performer. If you know her work, you know that she was truly one-of-a-kind. This November, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University will celebrate Janis Joplin, one of rock and roll's most passionate and influential artists, during the 14th annual American Music Masters Series.
Are you familiar with her name? Do you know her music? While technology has changed the way I can listen to her songs, every now and then, I love to dust off my antiquated turntable and play her album I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama from decades ago. On Side 1 of the LP, the first song is called Try (Just a Little Bit Harder), followed by song 2, another of her hits titled Maybe.
As a job seeker, how about it -- maybe you could try just a little bit harder? If you were willing to try just a little bit harder, then maybe, maybe...
~ Maybe you would make one more contact per day?
~ Maybe you would research just one more organization before you call it quits for the day?
~ Maybe you would revamp your resume yet another time?
~ Maybe you would focus more on encouraging vs. discouraging words, thoughts, ideas?
~ Maybe you would invite one more person to write you a recommendation and then appreciate how their words comfort you?
~ Maybe you wouldn't be so harsh on yourself on your darkest days?
~ Maybe you would pause to see what, if anything, you could do to better manage your career transition project?
~ Maybe you would reach out to one more person, even though the last 10 didn't phone, text, DM or email you back?
~ Maybe you would consider the many things you have instead of the many things you don't?
~ Maybe you would practice your sales pitch just one more time even though you've been on countless interviews, yet no offer?
~ Maybe you would be less overwhelmed by the process and more optimistic about the prize?
How about it? Do you have what it takes to try, just a little bit harder? Maybe, maybe, maybe?
"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got." ~ Janis Joplin