WOW Word-Of-the-Week #475: Recalculating

August 31, 2013 by  

Recalculating re-thinking and or re-planning in order to eliminate errors or to incorporate additional factors or data.

Have you arrived at your “perfect job” destination? Are you living the life you dreamed of? Do you ever feel you are off track?

Henry DeVries, assistant dean for external affairs UC San Diego, featured a UT article titled, “Recalculating the next career step.” He writes, When Karen Jacobsen walks on a stage, there is no question she is in the driver’s seat.  Known as The GPS Girl, Jacobsen’s speaking voice is in over 100 million GPS units giving drivers directions worldwide as “Australian Karen.”

 “You could say I specialize in telling people where to go,” says Jacobsen, an Aussie who moved to New York over a decade ago and had an unexpected twist in her singing career when she got a 50-hour voiceover gig giving driving directions.

Today she is also an author who speaks to audiences on how to create a road map for their future. Jacobsen, who is also the Australian voice of Siri for the Apple iPhone, has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, the NBC Today Show, the CBS Early Show, in the New York Times, Glamour magazine and was named one of People magazine’s Most Intriguing People.

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In her book, “The GPS Girl’s Road Map for Your Future,” she writes about how to listen to your Inner GPS and to ‘recalculate at any time in life’ just as we do when driving. She knows drivers hate it when they get off course and hear her say, “recalculating,” but she loves the word.

 “I think the word recalculating is actually good news,” says Jacobsen. “It may mean you have been off track, but by the time you hear the word recalculating you are already back on the right road. Recalculating is how I got from the Great Barrier Reef to the Big Apple.”

This week’s focus is on listening to your inner GPS. Are you in the Driver’s seat or the passenger’s seat? Is there a part of your life that needs recalculating? How would it feel to create a new road map?