Sidewalk Inspiration

sidewalk inspiration, Photo by Jeff QuandtThis past weekend I was out riding my bike.  Typically I ride around the trails along Zorinsky Lake which amounts to an 8.2 mile round trip from my house.  The hills can be challenging at times, but they do give me a cardio workout that once I am done, feel good about.


I don’t always want to get on the bike and take the ride, which is for my better health.  Sometimes I would rather sleep in or sit and read the morning paper.

This Saturday I was out on the bike trail shortly after 6 am. This trek around the lake was different; there were inspirational sayings in chalk all over the 7 miles of trail.  There must have been a foot race or walk scheduled to motivate cancer patients and survivors to walk the full distance.

The sayings were like “You Can Do IT!”, “Keep Rocking”, “Hill? What Hill"?” and then the one I stopped at and snapped this photo; ”Off Limits!!!“ which was by a bench along the trail. I stopped to think a bit.

Someone took time to care enough to write inspiration in chalk to a few people that might be running in a race. Still many other people will be walking, running or like me riding their bike along the same trails and seeing the same inspirational messages. It made me think of how lucky I am to be able to ride my bike and be in relatively good health.  I also thought about how those same inspirational sayings could be applied to folks that are unemployed and underemployed. 

The Job Hunt Journey can be a long one and with many ups and downs. Giving up and sitting it out is the “easy way” out.  Just like the bench, sitting on the sofa watching the TV should be “Off Limits” if you are serious about looking for work.  Stay on the trail. be encouraged by the people you network with, above all God uses people to place encouragement for you to absorb. His best work is the Bible itself; written thousands of years ago and still relevant to your life today.  So no matter how the message gets to you, either through His written word, a sermon you might hear, or even some chalk written on a path, stay inspired!

About Jeff Quandt

Jeff Quandt is an Inbound and Digital Marketing Strategist and owns On-Q Marketing LLC. He helps the members of the OCN through understanding their personal brand, how they have to market themselves as the solution to a hiring manager's problem, and offers a personal LinkedIn Counseling session for any member of the group. Jeff is a corporate refuge that has been laid off several times, so he is very familiar with the job hunt process, the ups and downs, and the success at the end of the tunnel. Keeping a positive attitude with the end goal in mind is crucial to a job seekers success. Today as a business owner, he is constantly looking for work, he knows the process well and it makes no difference if you work for someone else or yourself, you need to be the solution to someone's problem to get paid.