Equipping Yourself To Steer Clear Of Career Hazards

Equipping Yourself To Steer Clear Of Career Hazards

With the holiday season upon us, you may be busy attending a lot of events, visiting different places, meeting new people or perhaps even trying out some new activities. As you encounter every day with a fresh perspective, keep in mind that all of these experiences may be an opportunity to help you land a wonderful new job.

Consider the story of Bernard Moitessier.

If you don’t know who he is or what he did, read on, and consider how his experiences may connect to your own job search.

First, we turn back time to 1968. When sailing legend, Bernard Moitessier, decided Cape Horn would be the most logical route for his return trip to Europe from Tahiti, he sat in the cabin of Joshua and reconciled this decision by listing what he believed were several cards in his favor.

You see, ever since the first sailing ship ventured around the ‘Horn,’ its dangerous storms and unpredictable seas have been the source of many horrifying tales. So Bernard’s decision to return home this way was not made lightly.

The ‘cards in his favor,’ as he put it were as follows:

1) Joshua was practically indestructible since she was made of steel.

2) She had an inside steering position. (Bernard added this feature while in Tahiti in anticipation of going around Cape Horn. He also added a dome above the steering position so he would have a 360-degree view of what was happening outside without having to endure the elements in this dangerous part of the ocean.)

3) The steel construction of his boat meant that things would remain dry below decks, as opposed to the wooden craft that were prevalent at the time. (Fiberglass and ferrocement were also being used, but Bernard had very little faith in either of these construction materials for serious cruising sailboats.)

4) Joshua had been constructed with ample fresh water storage, giving her crew the ability to remain at sea for up to five months without running out of fresh water. This was important because if his boat were dismasted, he and his crew could very well be drifting for quite awhile before they were found, especially in this part of the world.

5) He would be able to benefit from the experiences of others. Bernard wrote, “All those who have rounded the Cape help others who come after them.”

Bernard Moitessier had been sailing since he was old enough to push his first craft into a pond. His experience at the helm of a sailboat had gained him much notoriety by this point in his life. But, even armed with his own vast knowledge, he counted on the experiences of others who had rounded the Cape before him to be his most valuable asset.

He even went so far as to say ” … those who failed often help more.”

If, metaphorically speaking, you are preparing to round your own Cape Horn where your career is concerned, seeking the advice of a mentor or other professionals who have been where you are or are presently where you hope to be is a great way to better prepare yourself as you lay out your own course.

The upcoming holiday season offers a variety of occasions to connect or reconnect with those who may have the experience you are looking for. From family get-togethers to corporate events, you never know whom you might bump into that could be a great source of information that may help you to steer clear of unknown hazards or help to better equip yourself and your career to deal with those hazards. Good luck to you this holiday season and beyond!

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