Career Development, Salmon and Swallows

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Lao Tze

There is one question you need to know before you take that “single step” – in which direction do you go?

The answer to that question is so very often the problem. If you take that first step in a wrong direction, your journey of a thousand miles will take you one thousand miles in the WRONG direction.

Salmon Swimming UpstreamThere are amazing stories of animals that know what is the correct path or direction to take. Salmon are able to return to the streams where they were born after spending years swimming in the ocean. They return to the same stream traveling enormous distances and overcoming challenges to lay their eggs, to help create a new generation of salmon. How do they know what direction to take and begin their journey with a single motion of their fins?

Then there is the story of how swallows fly over 12,000 miles round-trip from their winter home in Argentina and travel to the Mission of San Juan Capistrano in Southern California. How do these birds know the right direction to fly and arrive at their true destination?

What is the best career for you?

Is there an answer to the haunting question “What are you going to be when you grow up?” What must you know and understand about yourself to choose the correct college or career path?

There are three basic factors that every successful person happens to know about themselves. The Three Key Success Factors are your talents, your personality and your purposes. The Foundations of Brilliance Program helps you to understand and gain certainty about these factors so you can begin your journey of a thousand miles with one step, IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

Does a College Degree Protect your Career?

Unemployment Rate for College Graduates Highest on Record.

“Now college itself isn’t a direct link to a career and many bristle when they hear about vocational training. Yet when someone is paying $50,000 a year, you have to ask what exactly you are paying for.

“With college costs going through the roof and in many cases, costing nearly $50,000 a year at private schools many are asking whether some college degrees are even worth pursuing. Or more importantly, potential students are seeking answers regarding value. Let us look at this trend more closely:

Unemployment Rate for College Graduates Highest on Record.

“You’ll find a curious trend here. Without a doubt, those with a college degree do better in the marketplace. Take a look at the recession in the early 1990s. A college degree seemed to be a better buffer at that time than our current recession. For the first time in record keeping history, the unemployment rate for those with 4-year degrees or higher has passed the 4 percent mark. Keep in mind that in the United States, only one in four has a bachelor’s degree or higher. We tend to think of this group as largely immune but in deep recessionslike this one, a college degree no longer protects you from the fluctuations of the market.”


All the best,

Bernard Percy, President
Foundations of Brilliance, Inc.
An International Education and Career Consulting Company

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau

Our vision is to help people discover their unique areas of brilliance and become passionate, inspired and successful in their careers.

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