Does Finding Right Work Sometimes Mean “Flying Away”?

Meet Capt. David B. Crawley, MD and Find Out!

 Meet Capt. David B. Crawley, MD and Find Out!

Perhaps it’s because my first career was in nursing.

Perhaps it’s because my father was a doctor.

Or, perhaps it’s because my former husband was a naval aviator flying the F-4 Phantom in Vietnam and left his career as a pilot to go to medical school.

Whatever the reason, when my friend Helen Drake told me that her brother was a medical doctor who had left medicine for a new career as a pilot, I was eager to learn more! This was the opposite direction of my former husband and USN Pilot. My former husband had asked for a leave of absence from the Navy to go to medical school after his F-4 went down into stormy waters, and he was miraculously rescued. I was intrigued.

The rigor of medical school, internships and residencies was something I knew well. How did someone find the courage to admit that medicine was not his right work and move into something else? When did he first learn to fly? Had he found “right” work? I was determined to find out!!

I wrote my own book inspired by having met so many people in “wrong” work. As a career recruiter, I am hired by companies to make sure the people we place are in their “right” work, and I have a carefully defined formula that makes work “right” for people.

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For Linda Mornell…Right Work IS Changing Young Lives…Forever.

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In 1966, a young woman named Linda Mornell, climbed on a greyhound bus headed for San Francisco. She was leaving her small, remote childhood farm in Indiana right after completing her RN and BS in a nursing training program in Indianapolis. She had a few dollars carefully folded in her small purse but no secure sense of what lay ahead. She knew only that she wanted out- out of the mid-west, that she loved psychiatric nursing and that one of the best mental health facilities in the country, was in San Francisco. She headed west.

Fast forward forty six years to 2012 in San Francisco. I was attending a fundraiser for an organization called Summer Search. I did not know much about the program but two things quickly became obvious. First, we were there to honor the astounding success of the students as well as the founder, Linda Mornell. Second, there was a palpable charge in the air that night that let me know that this program and Linda Mornell were something very, very special.

I wanted to know more Linda Mornell and about Summer Search, but with the many demands on my time that moment passed.

Read more at For Linda Mornell…Right Work IS Changing Young Lives…Forever. HuffPost, July 20, 2015

Finding Right Work, Even When You Don’t Need Money

Warren Hellman died too young. He was 77 years old when he passed away just over two years ago.

July 25th will mark his 79th birthday.

I had always wanted to meet Warren Hellman because, in the San Francisco Bay Area where I live, he was a living legend in his own time: a billionaire who found his right work, maybe even in spite of having so very much money. Eventually, I had the opportunity to interview him for my book, Finding Right Work: Five Steps to a Life You Love.

From a life perspective, Warren said that the best thing you can do for yourself is to choose a family to be born into that has some wealth. He called it the “lucky sperm club.” He had managed to do that himself by picking both the Levi Strauss and Wells Fargo families to form his family tree.

In addition, he was wildly successful in his own right, generating personal wealth far beyond most of our wildest dreams. He became a billionaire.

Read the full story at  Finding Right Work, Even When You Don’t Need Money, HuffPost July 18, 2013

Finding Right Work… at Any Age!

Robert Mondavi would have celebrated his 100th birthday last week. His name now is synonymous with fine wine. But it was not always that way.

Robert Mondavi was 52 years old when he was unceremoniously ejected from his family’s wine business. He had been placed on a terminal “leave of absence.” Differences, seemingly irreconcilable, had built walls between family members, between their philosophies of life and business

Mondavi had never looked for a job before. In fact, he had never even thought about a career as being anything other than carrying on the business his father had built.

It’s hard to believe now, but at the time Mondavi was facing his mid-career crisis people in America, if they ever drank wine at all, drank jug wine. Beer and whiskey were the alcohols consumed in America. There was no such thing as fine wine-making… or drinking. Mondavi, relatively late in his career, changed all that to introduce Americans to fine wine. The rest is history!

Read full article in Finding Right Work… at Any Age! HuffPost June 25, 2013

What Is Your Right Work?

Why is unemployment still so high?

Where are all the jobs and why aren’t they coming back?

Why are so many people, ” looking for jobs in all the wrong places”?

The Sunday New York Times of May 17, 2013 included an enthusiastic readers response to Jared Bernstien’s query (Op-Ed, May 3) entitled “Where Have All the Jobs Gone?

Per Mr. Bernstein’s article, the jobless rate is still at 7.5 percent, with 11.7 million people looking for work, including 4.4 million who have been out of work for at least half a year. About eight million more were said to be “stuck” in underemployment as part-time workers who needed full time employment. Reader response was incredibly thoughtful relative to “An Economy in Transition” and there…

is where we begin our story…

Read full story in What is Your Right Work? Huffington Post June 5, 2013