How to Unleash Your Inner Gumby

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The Resiliency Whisper

Clark puts her money where her mouth is. She learned how to pivot quickly after being laid off from a political reporting job at a newspaper on September 10, 2001. Needless to say, her plans to start looking for a job the next day didn’t go as planned.

Cultivate a diverse network.

Being able to turn to a far-ranging network allows you to hear about opportunities and alternative sources of information, no matter what your field your field or areas of expertise may be. “You want to know a person who works in China to hear what the pandemic is actually like there or a trial attorney if you have been the victim of a crime, in order to get someone to shoot straight with you,” said Clark. “That can help make you more flexible and resilient.”

Develop your cross-training skills.

Being agile often involves accessing a broader range of skills and knowledge. You can take online courses in a myriad of areas to learn new capabilities. I know a former massage therapist who learned how to code medical data when the pandemic sidelined her business, allowing her to build a more lucrative career not dependent on physically interacting with others. This is also a great time to develop foundational skills that support you professionally and personally.

Follow your interests.

Making small bets in random areas that pique your interest is a great way to diversify your options. Passionate about Broadway, Clark decided to learn how to write musical theater over the past few years. “I don’t know where it will lead, but at a minimum, it’s fun. It’s interesting and it can’t hurt,” she explained. “I am developing new skills and relationships through that process that could turn out to be surprisingly valuable. We just don’t know how things will play out, but I think it is a worthy bet.”



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Shira Miller

Shira Miller


2x TEDx Speaker, Executive Coach, Chief Communications Officer and Writer with a strong passion for well-being and self-improvement