Do you believe in the Law of Attraction? If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s the latest self-help concept sweeping the country right now, suggesting we can have anything we desire in life if we merely block out our negative-minded tendencies and focus on putting out clean, positive, healthy energy at all times.
Yeah, I know. I’m not totally convinced, either, especially when the proponents of this theory start talking in terms of “higher-order vibrations” and treat the concept as if it were a scientifically-validated branch of quantum physics instead of just the good-old-fashioned notion that people generally don’t like to hang around or do business with, well, crabby and whiny people. And yet, despite my formidable array of defense mechanisms and healthy reserves of skepticism, I have to admit that there’s something about this book that stuck with me — and that resonated, much more than I would have suspected!
The author, while prone to passages of what I can only describe as “happy talk” like so many other authors in this genre, does have strong credentials in the hiring field and also brings the discussion back time and time again to practical, real-world career considerations. Quotes such as “people can only help people who know what they want” and “first, you need to go from needing a job to wanting it; just this simple change of wording will change your energy from desperation to desire” are sentiments that I agree with completely. And her advice on tactical job search issues such as resumes, interviewing, and working with headhunters is spot on the money, as well, despite the fact that she attributes success first and foremost to positive energy — and assigns preparation to an important, but secondary role.
At no point in the book was I more intrigued, however, than when she started to discuss the phenomenon known as “synchronicity” (also sometimes called flow or being in the zone) where one positive development in a person’s life appears to have a dramatic snowball effect, of sorts, and leads to many other positive events taking place within an uncharacteristically short time frame. There are many different ways a skeptic could explain this tendency. Maybe it’s just luck and coincidence. Maybe people just tend to perceive the good things around them more often when they’re in a positive frame of mind. Or perhaps, as stated above, this tendency is simply another obvious byproduct of the fact that people tend to help other people when they are in a good mood. Given the amazing number of times I’ve watched job hunters suddenly land three or more job offers almost simultaneously, however, after going months in the market without a single nibble, I’m willing to open at least one cylinder of my imagination to the possibility that larger forces may be at work!
In closing, love it or hate it, Excuse Me, Your Job is Waiting is an interesting book that raises some compelling questions about the underlying nature of career — and life — success. And on those merits alone, it’s well worth the cover price…