Don’t Wait Until All the Berries Are Picked!

Picking Strawberries Again

photo by captpiper

Have you ever wanted to do
something but waited too
long and it was too late?

This happened to me this week. I had planned (by planned, I really mean thought about it and decided it would be fun) to go strawberry picking with my boys. Although it would be hot (really hot), the idea of having a productive day in the sun, resulting in lots of juicy, not-overly expensive strawberries seemed like a great idea.

To make a long story short, I waited too long. The strawberries are all picked over. It’s not even worth going now. But, blueberries are in season soon! You can bet that I’m not going to miss out this time. I’ve already penciled in a blueberry picking time – right as the season starts.

Blueberry picking
photo by eltjoport

Even the best intended plans sometimes go astray. My problem? I didn’t focus on my goal (mmm…strawberry shortcake, strawberry shakes, strawberries and cream…) and my idea never actually became a plan. When a job hunt is at stake, the results are more important than a lack of strawberry treats. A new job isn’t going to come knocking on your door any more than a bale of berries was going to start growing in my yard.

You need to plant the seeds –
make a plan to get things moving
in the right direction for your career.

Are you someone who planned for a “new career for a new year” back when the ball dropped and 2007 turned to 2008? If you are, I hope you aren’t letting someone else pick all of your berries! It’s hard to believe, but 2008 is almost 1/2 over.

If you haven’t focused on your hunt, you’ll be right where you started when 2008 becomes 2009.

What is holding you back from making a positive change in your life? Even if the strawberries are all gone, you still owe it to yourself to make sure you have a fruitful career! Keppie Careers can help by walking you through every step of your job hunt, from writing your resume to negotiating the offer: www.keppiecareers.com

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4 Responses to “Don’t Wait Until All the Berries Are Picked!”


  1. 1 Jane Pollak June 14, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Sometimes the missed opportunities are our greatest teachers. They point us to what we really want and remind us of what we need to do better next time. Thanks for sharing a non-success that provided that lesson.

  2. 2 Miriam Salpeter June 14, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Jane – As always, thanks for your thoughts and wisdom!

  3. 3 Kate Hutchinson June 16, 2008 at 11:27 am

    I had to have a bit of a laugh as I read this; my first job was on a farm, and I used to have to get up at 4:00 am to pick strawberries for sending to the farmer’s market by 6:00. By the end of the second summer of this, I was sick to death of strawberries; it was about three years before I would eat them again.

  4. 4 Miriam Salpeter June 16, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Kate – I can see being sick of strawberries under those circumstances! I’d be sick of anything involving seeing a clock before 6 a.m. on a regular basis 🙂


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