You Only Need One Word

You Only Need One Word

by Michael Feeley May 21, 2024


You have all kinds of skills. They give your life value. Knowing your skills and how they benefit your work makes you a winner. They are the crucial assets you hold and offer clients and the people you work with to solve problems and make their lives happy and prosperous.

If you’re looking for a new job or making a career change, you’ll be asked in an interview, “Why should I hire you out of all the other candidates I’m meeting?”

One word is all you need. It might be – care. “I care about my work. I care about the people I work with and the people I serve. I care enough to show up daily and do a superb job, exceeding expectations.”

Other one-word accolades might be – service, reliability, trust, loyalty, innovation, empathy, honesty, storytelling, multitasking, and integrity.

This also applies to your choice to work for yourself and lead with your greatest strength.

I’ve coached hundreds of people in their careers to discover this one-word gem by doing this simple, deep, and fun exercise.

– Sit down with a pen and pad of paper and write 300-500 words describing the reasons why a person or company should hire you. (Writing it down makes it tangible and permanent.)

– Then, edit it down to two solid sentences.

– Then, mold it into one simple, well-refined sentence.

– And finally, select one heartfelt word.

This is your unique ability—your special gift – your personal package. You do this better than anyone on the face of the earth. Knowing this fact (and the details of why) gives you freedom, confidence, power, connection, joy, and gratitude.

Remember, you also created many other words and sentences to achieve this shining, standout skill, which will keep you talking and impress your interviewer.

I repeat—know your skills so you can create and meet opportunities to do work you love, to be richly expressed, exceptionally happy, and highly useful to others.


Thanks – Michael (he, him)

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This also matters – Un-Limit Yourself.


Michael has twenty years experience matching people with positions that allows them to reach their potential. Having worked with corporate decision makers, Michael has expertise in understanding organizational needs in multiple industries. He understands, experientially and intuitively, what gets people hired and what doesn’t. With a big heart and intellect to match, Michael Feeley is an authority on bringing the best out of business owners, executives, and entrepreneurs… he has such amazing energy, not to mention a terrific business background.

Libby Gill

Business Coach, Brand Strategist & Best Selling Author

…as a trainer I watched Michael Feeley become a masterful coach, being adept at many coaching skills… he is supportive, motivational, action-oriented, open minded, authentic, confident and compassionate… such a delight to work with… fun, high-energy, intuitive, spontaneous!… I have observed him to be very inspirational, empowering, and encouraging clients to go to greater depths in their lives. He is a true ambassador of the profession… Michael has heart and soul along with the ability to deliver!

Deborah Van de Grift – CPC, ELI-MP, PCC

Vice President iPEC – Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching

You, my friend, are the Real Deal.

Matthew Carey

Host of Studio Time Podcast


Michael Feeley walks the walk and talks the talk. He is honest, authentic and incredibly generous in spirit. Michael’s deep commitment to service means his clients get his full attention and will benefit from his coaching skills, experience and wisdom.

Kathy Karn

Psychotherapist, Photographer and Storyteller /

London ON Canada

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