Working with business coaches, the first thing they’ll ask you is about your why – why do you do what you do and why should people hire you to do that instead of anyone else.

I have struggled with this question. Why do I do what I do? Because I love doing it. I love politics, I’m interested in policy, I’m passionate about creating change and doing good.

Reason 1:


I bought that in Washington and it now sits on my desk, reminding me.

The reason that I’m passionate about creating change and doing good? Because I worked for Jack Layton, and Jack Layton taught me that we can create change and we can make the world a better place, and the reason we do that is because we owe it to the next generation.

Reason 2:


That’s my daughter. She’s six and she’s full of rainbows and big ideas. I love everything about her, and I want her to know good. I want her to keep having big ideas, and believing in them.

But why should people hire me? That’s harder to answer. Because I want to earn money and help support my family and give that little person up above all of her needs and some of her wants. But that answer doesn’t mean anything to the people who might hire me.

So why hire me?

Because I am good at what I do. Don’t take my word for it, I have lots of colleagues who have been willing to speak up for me. It feels really good asking three people if they’ll act as references and getting back three quick replies of “Absolutely.”

I am good at what I do because I love to work. I love delving into a problem and not stopping until I find a solution. I take criticism and I adjust. I work efficiently and get things done quickly. I lose myself in work.

You should hire me because I will not stop until the job is done. Jack taught me that.

Why do I do what I do? Because I believe in politics, and I think other people should too.


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