We’ve all experienced the feeling of hitting a brick wall.  Those periods in our careers (or lives) when we no longer have the energy to take “it” down brick by brick, we can’t seem to get over “it”, and “it” is just too big to get around. Whatever “it” is seems insurmountable.

I remember a period in my life when I’d been ill and had to close a business which, quite frankly, wasn’t in a field I enjoyed and wasn’t even paying the bills.  Not surprisingly, my personal life wasn’t going well either.

Out of the blue a friend and professional colleague called and threw me the lifeline I desperately needed by giving me a lead on a contract opportunity that was tailor made for me.  That opportunity relaunched my career.

Reflecting on that reminds me I have several friends and colleagues who I could quietly and without fanfare throw a lifeline.  I need to get busy.

Leah Ward-Lee is a management consultant and business writer based in Fernandina Beach, Florida and Dallas, Texas and the author of $1,000 Start-Ups.  Her next book, The Executive’s Toolbox, will be released soon.