Food For Thought

Be ware of the “3 W’s”: Wanting, Waiting & Wondering.

  • Wanting: Our job is to meet our needs without alteration or altercation. That being said, if we are in a state of wanting, then we are not engaged in the creative development of that desire. It is far more “actual” to choose something then want it. When we are “in want,” then we are separated from doing, while when we choose something we are doing it!

  • Waiting: Don’t ever wait! When we wait, we are stagnant and so, again, separated from the doing. And it is only through doing that things become manifest. Doing occurs in three ways: how we think about something, what we say about it and how we behave in regards to it. Thus, if you feel you have exhausted all your behavioral choices like updating your resume, doing follow-up letters and the like, then challenge your thinking to stay hopeful and positive.

  • Wondering: When I ask my clients about their career dreams, they inevitable embark on a long-winded query about whether they should or shouldn’t be doing their current job and career choice. I then have to remind them that whether they should or shouldn’t do something has nothing to do with a sort of deeper meaning unbeknownst to them. Their potential career choices are limitless and that choice is up to them; all they have to do is choose it.

The process of uncovering which career choices best suit us begins with understanding the skills we have and which ones we want to highlight.

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About Shawn Athanasios

A little bit about me. I received my BA from California State University, Northridge in Speech Communication and my MA in Culture and Communication from New York University (NYU). My Master’s degree was within the field of Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Management and my thesis topic was Meta-Cognition and Human Defensiveness. I wrote about the importance of individuals learning how to understand their defensiveness and negative thinking habits as a way to improve the overall cohesiveness within their human relationships. Curerently, I am an Adjunct Professor at SAE Institute, and my pasrt teaching experience includes several of the top Universities in the U.S. (NYU, LIM College, Pace University, Manhattan College & Georgia State University). My teaching experience includes the following courses: Interviewing Strategies, Intro to Human Communication and Culture, Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Communication, Principals and Theories of Communication, Public Speaking and Theories of Speech Communication I decided to create my own Coaching Business (JAAS Coaching) under the umbrella of Personal and Career Development for those looking to enhance their current profession, change careers, discover their deepest passions, communicate and manage conflict more effectively, achieve high levels of motivation, and find balance with their total self by offering a holistic approach to career and personal development. My eBook, "The Soul Search Before the Job Search," encompasses all of my work as a Personal and Executive Coach. My website/blog is www.JAAScoaching.comLinks to an external site. I have had many fulfilling experiences that include being raised in Laos, Ghana, India & Egypt by parents of the U.S. Foreign Service and Diplomatic community, teaching ESL in South Korea, serving as a Primary Counselor for kids out of Juvenile Hall, and mentoring grade school children through a Psychologist’s referred program. In addition, I am proud to have received a full scholarship for my Masters Degree at NYU, to have been the sole recipient of the Rosenberg scholarship and for graduating Magna Cum Laude upon completion of my graduate degree. I also presented two papers at the New York Speech Communication Association (NYSCA) conference while at Graduate School where I discussed the importance of taking full ownership of one’s shortcomings as essential to inducing change within oneself and one’s environment and how to be an effective interpersonal communicator. And finally, I was voted Faculty of The Year and Georgia State University after just one semester on the job! The article can be found on my website/blog. My volunteer work is reflected through participating in Buddhist Activities as a member of the Soka Gakkai International, the largest Buddhist lay organization in the world. Previously, I was the Young Men’s Division Leader for Houston District, I transcribed the World Tribune to audiotapes for the blind Buddhist members, I published an article in the Soka Gakkai’s Living Buddhism magazine and was a volunteer staff writer for the organization’s newspaper (The World Tribune). I continues to lead group discussions on Nichiren Buddhist Theory.
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