Wishing on a Star or Taking Action

IMG_0937Throughout my life, I have been introspective at times, looking at what I am doing and seeing if it worked. Often though, that was as far as I took it. I could see that things might be different if I took this action or that but it didn’t mean I would move forward and do that.

This year has been different for me. I have taken action on things and changed thing, looked for more advice, checked for experts, consulted with friends who have skills in the area I’m concerned about and things have changed.

As I mentioned in the post, Changing Technology and Why I Use Experts, I recently purchased a new laptop. It is my first laptop though I have used them for years with my role with Wausau Whitewater. I checked with experts before I bought it and made sure it would meet my needs. I even had my expert, Lucy Hoerter with PC Confusion Solutions with me as I placed the order for the new HP Elitebook. While we were installing the software and downloading, Lucy made me aware of how slow my DSL was running, so we are in the process of changing to Charter. We have a few more tweaks on the router but essentially the service was installed yesterday. In my world, there are a few tools I have to have and they have to work together. I need a dependable computer (preferably a laptop for mobility) and I need dependable Internet access to be able to use the online tools I use every day (e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, other social media, blogs, and other websites).

Sometimes to make things work, you have to invest. Recently, I was in a discussion over on Jason Alba’s blog post, The Worst Time Since the Great Depression, I stirred up quite a hornet’s nest when I said that I thought you shouldn’t whine. People accused me of being insensitive and others rose to my defense. But honestly, I could whine forever about what is not working in my office, slow computer, slow Internet, slow… or I could do something about it. It cost me money but these are my tools. I talked about having the right tools before.

If you are a job seeker looking for a new job, you need the right tools and you need an expert to guide you. It is frustrating, you get lost, you lose hope, and I do too, if I stay in my own little world and don’t reach out. You need a well-written resume packed with keywords and focused on accomplishments. You need to know how to network and you need to invest time building your network. There are plenty of tools out there. For me, tools and experts go together. There are many things you can do on your own, depending on your own talents and knowledge base. You can be stubborn and say you can do it all yourself, you can sit around and whine and do nothing. Or you can take advantage of the vast resources, tools, experts, and people that are there to help you.

I am one of them. I’ll help. Just ask.

You can wish on a star… or you can take action. Always your choice. I’m here. Ask me.


  1. Mohammed Al-Taee on December 10, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Your next article should give us the steps to make our attitude an action one.

  2. Kim Woodbridge on December 10, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Wonderful Julie! I’ve spent much of my life being stubborn about doing everything myself and lacking confidence. Like you, I made many changes this year. I started asking for help and discovered how amazing people can be and I started believing in myself.

    I think times are really tough for a lot of people but the energy spent on complaining could be spent on something more productive.

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