Hello SOTGC community,
Have you ever challenged yourself to look past your current definition of responsibilities? What I mean by this is that we know what we are good at, but what if we stretch ourselves to look beyond our current roles and see how else things are being done?
Just like every year, we set ourselves goals and objectives for the year. Most of them have to align to the overall goal of a company, but there is always that one goal called “personal development.” I usually looked at this as a “this will happen naturally as I work on things” goal.
But not this year. This year I wanted to look at goals that are not within my immediate scope of responsibilities and furthermore stretch myself to learn something new.
So I attended a work function that was primarily run by a different business unit. From the very beginning of registering, things appeared to be different – there was a lot more responsibility on doing it yourself. I attended the course that was within the reach of my industry, but still I didn’t have one ounce of appreciation for what they were doing. I didn’t understand half the things I was looking at, but everybody was so eager to help me understand. I noticed the passion, the drive, the conversation, the teaching that was happening, and I felt a strong sense of belonging. It doesn’t matter that I was completely “green” in this space because everybody wanted to teach me everything they knew.
It is easy to stay in your comfort zone because who doesn’t like to be the expert in a given subject matter? But we risk not growing when we stop asking questions. We shouldn’t be afraid of making mistakes or asking the very rookie questions because that is exactly how we should wake up every day: What don’t I know yet and how can I learn?
The majority of that meeting was very foreign to me, but if you do something new, like I did, you start picking up one piece of the puzzle, and, before you know it, you might have half the puzzle done.
So stay eager, stay engaged, and above all, stay a student your whole life. You can be a teacher but with the attitude of a student – that you can always learn from the person standing next to you. I challenge all of us to learn something we didn’t think we would be interested in or that we even need to learn. It is so much fun to continue your education beyond a degree.
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