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Become a Recruiter

Ever wonder why the military sends personnel in uniform to high school and college campuses?  Ever wonder why the military opens storefronts in strip malls? Ever wonder why there are television commercials, print ads, and radio?  The reason is that these are recruiting methods and they work.  If they didn’t work the Pentagon wouldn’t spend its money paying rent and stationing active military in these locations.

So how does this translate for you?  No, you’re not joining the army but you are facing a challenge unlike you’ve ever faced before.  There is a lot of skill and strategy you’ll have to adapt to and learn.  How are you going to do this?  You’re going to recruit a team.

What would your life be like if it were a business and you are the President/CEO, who’s on the board.  Consider who is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Chief Emotional Officer (CEmO), Chief Spiritual Officer (CSO), just to name a few.  These are people who are willing to support you and nurture you on your quest for health and healing.  They know you and understand the challenges you’ll face. 

I know you’re wondering where you can you recruit this team.  First look around at your friends and family and decide who is best suited for this job.  As an example, I’ve had many friends ask me to serve as their Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare because they didn’t feel their immediate family could make the tough decisions as per their request.  Support groups are a great place to recruit people for emotional support.  Many support groups encourage the exchange of phone numbers within the group so you have a go-to person when you need a shoulder to cry on or someone to share a triumph.

Then there are those outside your immediate circle, at least at the  moment.  This may include a minister, rabbi, imam, or other spiritual director.  Finding someone who aligns with your beliefs and values is critical at the point of your journey.  These people are not only trained, but are ready and willing to serve.  They want are supportive, encouraging, and compassionate.  They strive to ease the pain of others. 

Think about how you can become a recruiter and let me know how your progressing and the challenges if any to recruiting a care team.  It could make a world of difference in your journey to wellness.


I've lived my life in service to others. I'm focused on mental health and how it impacts our relationships, culture, and society. Through creative expression and narrative I believe we can impact change.

One thought on “Become a Recruiter

  1. Hallo Greg,
    Thank you for your wisdom in normal human language.
    Hope to read more. It does make sense. Most of it is what I know, but cannot put into words the way you do. I write fairytale-like-stuff.

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