Years ago, teachers used to make children who were left hand use their right hand. There have been studies that have documented the plight of left-handed people, and especially children. In many ways left-handed people were practically hazed, and treated indifferently. As a society, we are right-handed and refer to the right-hand as the stronger hand.
Losing a job under any circumstance is the same as losing your right-hand (or left). For many, self-worth came from the job as did monetary, relationship, and some emotional needs. The right-hand was the primary tool for everything, just like the job.
The left-hand is the default hand. The left rides shot-gun to support the right. Until the job was gone, the left-hand had a limited role. When the time came to learn how to write left-handed, there were no other choices.
Many continue to learn how to use the left-hand. Many have given up. The literal use of the left have similarities, to job loss and learning the other possibilities, skills, and purpose. Your responses may fit the ones below trying to writing left-handed:
- I can’t write left-handed at all. People are not learning new skills until crisis. They hope someone saves them. Prepare your career long before losing your job, and before the writing is on the wall.
- I can’t understand my writing at all. You get a few points for trying, but you haven’t used other job skills much at all. It takes patience, but you must keep trying to enhance work skills. No one says that using another talent or learning another skill would be easy.
- This is so strenuous. You neglected your left hand for most of your life unless you became injured. If you neglected a certain skill set because someone else you didn’t need it, you no one else to blame. Take charge of your career.
- I barely wrote my name, but can’t write anything else. Although it is better than most, you don’t stand out. Barely “knowing” or “barely can do” is a weak core competency.
- This hand tires so quickly. When you learn something new, it is more challenging, and trying. It takes up more brain space and muscle activation because it’s new. Don’t think that it is just about getting one degree, certificate, or reward.
Learning is a continual process that will enable longevity. Learn for life, and train to use the left and right equally. Are you training, learning, and developing so that your left is as useful as your right? If not, what is holding you back? Please, comment below.