Written by Lori Thiessen

Like many of you, I’ve been watching the ‘traditional’ Christmas shows.  I’ve realized that some of these programs contain hidden or not so hidden career lessons.

Herbie the Elf from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer doesn’t like to make toys, he wants to be a dentist. George Bailey from It’s A Wonderful Life hates his job at the Bailey Building and Loan. The magician, Professor Hinkle,  from Frosty the Snowman is a rotten magician. And my personal favorite, Scrooge (the 1951 version with Alastair Sim is the only one for me!), in which Ebenezer Scrooge is mean to everyone and in particular his long-suffering clerk, Bob Cratchit.

So here’s what I’ve gleaned from these holiday classics.

  • Herbie the Elf – Sometimes to have to leave home to make your dreams come true.
  • George Bailey – Even if you hate your job, there may be wonderful hidden benefits in it that you have just never thought about before that may make you love it.
  • Professor Hinkle – If you really, really love something stick with it even if you aren’t very good at it.
  • Scrooge – Be good to your employees who put up with your moods and caprices and work hard to keep your business going. And don’t wait until three spirits come to knock some sense into you!

Career lessons can come in the most peculiar disguises so keep your eyes and ears open to receive them.

Q: What is the best career advice you ever received?

Thanks for dropping by and I’ll save your seat until next time!

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