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SOAR Story #16 - Recognizing Opportunities, Leveraging Experience

Back in August 2020, I posted a blog about SOAR stories. SOAR stories are a fantastic way to reflect on Situations that seemed challenging at the time because of certain Obstacles. In order to succeed, you took Action and the Result was something you can be proud of, and which contributed to who you are today. Those experiences build character!

You many think that these stories mean nothing. After all, they are just stories. However, ALL stories have a meaning; ALL stories disclose something about the characters in them. The character-traits are what keep people interested and yearning for more.

The story is only one part of what makes doing this exercise valuable. The more important part is rediscovering who you are at your core and what attributes distinguish you from others when faced with challenges.

I'd like to continue sharing some of my personal SOAR stories and the characteristics that they exhibit.

What are some of your SOAR stories? If you can't see your inner #basass, we can work together to rediscover it! I'd love to hear them and publish them on this blog!


While taking advantage of the Career Coaching services after a layoff, I found myself in a room of people in the same situation. The only difference was that I knew what I was going to do post-layoff. I saw an opportunity and charged ahead.

However, many others had worked for Microsoft for decades and had not written a resume for years. They had not interviewed for another job in years. They were distraught, embarrassed, ashamed, afraid. They felt that they were unemployable.

This observation stuck with me for years. 12 years to be exact.

How can someone with decades of work experience at one of the most globally recognized corporations feel unemployable? Surely, over decades working for this company, these individuals have contributed to technological advancements; they have managed people; they have helped to improve process efficiencies; they have learned and they have experienced. They have MICROSOFT on their resume.

I could so easily see in them what they could not see in themselves.

There have been many career changes in my life, but this single experience, this single observation, drove my decision to become a Career Transition coach. I help people see what they cannot. I help them find the confidence and courage – that which is already inside – to make the change towards professional (and personal) fulfillment.

You don't need to have worked for a big corporation. People who have dedicated years to staying home and raising children have some of the best management skills: negotiation, organization, creativity, resourcefulness, time management, etc. Individuals who have served in the military (thank you, by the way) have leadership, crisis management, negotiation and people management skills, not mention adaptability.

How can I help you see the value you carry that you cannot yet see?

Schedule time with me to find out!

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