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Pioneering a Way

Deer in the Wildlife

By Tiffany A. Dedeaux

In the moment that Deer reminded me of my call as a Career Coach and how to address challenges in career satisfaction, I realized that Deer is a pioneer. Deer, when called by the Great Spirit, immediately hit the trail. The trail was blocked. Deer cleared the way so that no one else had to encounter the fear that was meant to connect us to our call.

I was talking to my Ebony Sister when Deer crossed my path recently. In that conversation, my sister said to me that being a pioneer, doing the hard stuff so that others may have it easier, is like doing trail work. It is backbreaking, dangerous work and no one may even know it was you who did it. If you are the first to do anything that benefits others, you are a Pioneer.

Being a Pioneer doesn’t have to be on a large scale either. You may be the first person in your family to learn to read, to graduate high school, to graduate college, to get a job that pays you more than $50,000 a year, etc. If you do it first, it may be hard and no one may understand what you’re going through, but because of you, they know it can be done. If you share your process they will also know how it can be done.

Deer is a Pioneer for clearing the path to the Sacred Mountain. The idea behind my seminar, Pioneer a Career, is to walk people through the time of reflection and exploration I go through to make sure that I’m on the correct career path. I want to empower you to overcome fear as you scale your mountain.

In what ways are you a pioneer? How can I help?

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