My Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal

LionessWhat shape do your career aspirations take? Mine probably most resemble a puppy. At a job interview, you’ll see me shaking hands, rolling over, and performing any other trick I think will impress my potential caregiver/employer. Feed me! Love me!

I try to maintain my dignity like an aloof cat, pretending the man behind the mahogany desk would be really lucky if I would join his company. Like he’s the one being interviewed. But I blow it when he asks, “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

Five years? Are you kidding me? I’ve never worked anywhere that long! Really, I just want you to pay me enough money so I can keep up with my bills and have some sort of answer when my friends and family ask where I’m working these days. I don’t do manual labor and I don’t work late nights. Also, I can’t type, but I hunt and peck so well, you’ll barely know the difference. So, please, when can I start?

James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras have found that visionary companies often use Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals to stimulate progress. A BHAG is not your run-of-the-mill goal. It’s so big and hairy, so audacious, it positively reaches out and grabs people  and drives them to do amazing things. Aiming to put a man on the moon, now that was a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal.

If it works for organizations, I figure it must work for individuals as well. I’m not job-hunting right now, so I have time to prepare my Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal. When the time comes, I will firmly answer the man behind the mahogany desk with a deafening roar:

I’ll have the filet mignon!


I Interrupt this Regularly Scheduled Blog

veryinspiringblogaward-1As a blogger, I don’t want to bore any innocent readers who may have stumbled over here and decided to keep reading. Therefore, I’ll spare you the details of my oh-so-busy life and the multitude of excuses for why I haven’t posted in more than a month.

This blog is my creative outlet, and I am always surprised and excited when someone comments on a post or follows me. Especially when I consider that someone a “real writer,” like the talented lady over at who found my blog and actually said I made her laugh. Though we’ve never met, her kind words about my writing encouraged me. She recently nominated me for this award, and I thank her.

Now, there are some strict rules about receiving this nomination, and they involve writing seven things about myself and nominating 15 other bloggers and not eating meat on Fridays or something.  Anyway, I promised I’d spare you the excuses, so I’ll just apologize for not following the rules.

But, many thanks to for the nomination. And a quick shout out to a few other “real writers” who deserve recognition:

The Midwest League Traveler – I don’t even follow sports, but he’s writing a book and I can’t wait to read it!

Paige Kellerman – A formerly-battered employee who managed to escape and become an author. Watch for her book in June!

Erin Wright – Her encouragement of my writing means so much. Check out her fun spin on the world of editing. Seriously, it’s cool.