Never Leave Another Man Behind

Today, Veteran’s Day, is a day very close to my heart. Not only was my dad an Officer in the US Army and bravely led his troops to battle in the Vietnam War, but today is his birthday. Since he passed a year ago, I like to take some time to reflect about all the blessings I have as an American because veterans such as my dad and all our troops protect and serve us every day. So many precious lives have been lost at war, and I thank all the service men and women for fighting for our liberty and freedom.

My Pops was an incredible man. Anyone who knew him deeply respected him and thought of him as a wise sage always willing to provide guidance and advice on any topic. Whenever I was lost, he always knew exactly what to say and asked the right questions to help me get back on the right path. It was comforting to know I could count on him in times of need. Now, if I’m struggling, I often ask myself, “What would Jim Kairies do?”. 😊

I miss Pops so much it hurts, and there are many times when I so desperately wish I could just pick up the phone and call him or drive over to my parents’ house to hash out the challenge du jour. But even though he is no longer here physically with us, he is always in my heart and inspires me every day to be a strong and courageous leader ready to help others fight this difficult employment battle we are currently facing. I channel his spirit and strength in my coaching practice, which helps me effectively guide others back toward the path of light, fulfillment, and joy.   

If you are feeling lost in your career or life in general, I encourage you to find people who can support and lift you up. Surround yourself with positive influences and don’t be afraid to seek the guidance of a coach, mentor, or counselor if necessary who can help you get back on the right track. Along with my friends and family, my coach (yes, coaches need coaches too!) and therapist have been instrumental in my personal and career development.

You’re not alone in this world, and it’s such an important time to band together and lean on each other. My Pops learned a critical mantra from his time in the military which shaped the rest of his life and now shapes mine, “Never leave another man behind.”

Peace and love.

Ali

Me and my sweet Papa Bear.

Me and my sweet Papa Bear.

These are the medals Pops was awarded during his time in the US Army.

These are the medals Pops was awarded during his time in the US Army.