Last year we had our floors replaced… it was definitely time to get rid of our abused floors and get something that should last a while longer.
During the process, we had to move the kitchen island to we could put the new floor underneath. I had a friend come do that. When it was time to put it back I wired the electrical boxes back together. I like doing electrical work (more than plumbing) and have done various electrical projects before.
But something weird happened. Something I didn’t think was possible.
Let’s say the electricity comes from through a wire in the floor (0), to the first box (1), and then to the second box (2).
So, from 0 –> 1 –> 2
0 worked fine.
2 worked fine.
1 didn’t work.
I thought if I made a mistake in 1, then 2 wouldn’t work, since it is “downstream.”
Stay with me… I’m almost to the easy part.
So, as is my tradition, I thought about it for a few months. And when I was sick and tired of not having this outlet work, I decided to get my handy screw driver and see what the problem was. I was thinking one of the wires came loose when I screwed the whole thing back together…
Guess what? I had put the ground wire in the wrong place. Typically there are three wires: white, black, green (which is the ground).
For some reason I put the ground in the wrong place.
Without the ground in the right place, the outlet didn’t work.
If I was a real electrician I could tell you why 2 worked, but 1 didn’t work.
That’s a lot like your job search, isn’t it?
Are you grounded?
I don’t know what that means to you — I guess you could be emotionally grounded, mentally grounded, physically grounded, socially grounded…
You could have grounded (or, principled) job search strategies.
My point is, if you aren’t grounded, no matter how many times you go the network meetings or whatever else you are doing, it could all be for nothing.
Please, sit down with people to figure out if you are grounded. Start with yourself – have a really honest conversation with yourself. It could go something like this:
You: Self, are you grounded? Seriously, you know what it means, so be honest!
You: No, I’m not grounded.
You: Okay, good. You recognize and admit it. What do we need to do to get grounded?
You (being really honest): “Well, I really need to …….”
See how easy that was?
I went for months and months without my outlet grounded. I wonder if you are going for months and months without being grounded, and not understanding why things aren’t working right?