Burning Your Resume

If you are one of the millions of people that have lost a job, lost a business.
If you are nervous about what the future might bring.
I’d like to invite you to join me in getting rid of something that might be holding us back.

Our resumes.

Like you, my plans have blown up in my face.
Like you, the only thing I really know is that the future will not be the same as the past.
Like you, I’m upset, wishing I could get back to the plans I had made just a month ago, but I can’t.

So we need to stop going back.
Stop beating ourselves up about something that is lost.
And stop wishing things would go back to the way they were.

And that starts with burning our resumes.

Yes, I will likely need it to get a job, eventually, but right now it is too much of a distraction.
The resume lists all of the titles I had before, and every time I look at them it leads me to hoping they will just magically re-emerge again.
The resume lists skills and activities that I once thought were important to someone else, many of which I don’t actually like to do.

The resume reminds me of all the times I convinced myself to trade purpose for money.
Times I chose to impress someone else instead of being true to myself.
And the thousands of fleeting moments when I felt the nudge of my deepest passions, but never followed.

So, I’m going to burn this resume.
And I invite you to do the same thing.
I’m going to let go of what was so I can focus on what could be.

Once we do this.
Once we stop hoping that things will go back to the way they were.
Once we stop looking at our own stories through the lens of what we believe someone else wants to see in us. 
We can experience a kind of freedom that happens when we become really clear in what we want to see in ourselves.
We can begin to rely on ourselves for the security we seek and begin to feel a sense of control over our own destiny again.

Today might just be the day to explore things we wanted to do before, but it wasn’t the right time. Now may be the time start to making plans to improve things in the world that we wanted to improve, but were too afraid of losing the security our jobs provided.
This moment could be our opportunity to explore dreams we had given up on.
It might be a fleeting chance to reconnect with that idealistic person inside that knows they can change the world.
Or it can simply be the spark that moves us to explore a different career for no other reason than our own curiosity.

To do that.
We must burn our notions of who we are supposed to be,
what we can or cannot be,
and what we think others want us to be.
Replace them with ideas of who we were meant to be,
what our potential tells us we could be,
and who we want to tell people we are, today.

It’s not an easy process. But it’s important.
Because, taking the security away, can allow us to realize how much those old ideas hold us back. Removing the prior comfort can give us access to the fire inside that has been waiting to be stoked.

Let’s not waste this opportunity.
Let’s not let this pain be for nothing.

It’s not our fault,
but it absolutely can be our opportunity to become the people we’ve wanted to be for a long time.

However this play out.
You can be certain we are in a moment of transformation.

The future will not look like the past.
So let’s not get stuck in the past.

Know that this is our time to create the future.

Published by Brian Fretwell

Author, TEDx Speaker, Consultant Trying not to be a horrible human

2 thoughts on “Burning Your Resume

  1. Love it man. I think you should host a resume burning zoom meeting for all your followers. People can get creative with how they destroy their resume! I’m thinking a shot gun blast…etc. Just a thought! Have a good day buddy

    Tom Moore Broker/Forester United Country Real Estate Northwest Land & Lifestyle Properties 208-755-7835



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