What’s your career music?

I was reflecting the other day that certain songs put me in the best frame of mind to push forward. Whether it’s helping a client push through an obstacle to applying for a dream job — or just inspiring me to push past personal lethargy on a blah day — certain tunes never fail to change the momentum.

One of my can’t-miss favorites is “You Get What You Give” by the New Radicals. It reminds me that leading with positive energy (some might say good karma) is always the best way to re-fuel and replenish. As the song says, “you’ve got the music in you…don’t give up.” There is always “one dance left,” and if “you feel your tree is breaking,” you can “just bend.” Having just come through knee surgery, that line especially resonates for me!

Of course, “You Get What You Give” could also be the mantra for job exploration, and networking in particular. It speaks to the power of placing giving ahead of getting, and looking for opportunities to do so. The current best-seller “Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success” by Adam Grant hits hard on this theme, positing that givers not only come out ahead at the end of the day, but build richer, more meaningful relationships, personally as well as professionally.

If you could set your own career search to music, what would it sound like?


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