Lesson of the Scarecrow


At the Employee Engagement Network, moderator David Zinger asked, "How do you stay engaged with your work?"

This is a useful question in good times. In bad times, for example during a job search, it's a very important question.

First, it helps to be doing (or pursuing) work that you love.

Then, you've got to be able to recover after having a bad day. S__t happens, right? Things come along that knock you down. People come along who ruin your outlook.

To re-constitute myself after such set-backs, I've learned the lesson of the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz: stuff yourself back together.

In the scene where Dorothy is kidnapped by the flying monkeys sent by the Wicked Witch, the monkeys beat the crap out of the Scarecrow, throwing his innards all over the place.

Here's a snippet from the script:

SCARECROW: Help! Help! Help! Help! Help!

TIN MAN: Oh! Well, what happened to you?

SCARECROW: They tore my legs off, and they threw them over there! Then they took my chest out, and they threw it over there!

TIN MAN: Well, that's you all over.

LION: They sure knocked the stuffings out of you, didn't they?

SCARECROW: Don't stand there talking! Put me together! We've got to find Dorothy!

What happens next? His friends on the journey, the Lion and the Tin Man, join together to help put the Scarecrow back together. Then, with a clear sense of purpose, they go forth to rescue Dorothy.

What a lovely metaphor for the job search process.


Posted by Terrence Seamon, July 17, 2009

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