9 years ago today I kicked off my working life. I had jobs before March 19, 2007 but since then, I can say I’ve grown. Contributed with passion and fulfillment.
Not fully grown, Elena?
Nope. Not yet. There is so much more I want to learn! So much more I want to contribute.
Surely I’ve gotten older, though.
The past 9 years have been rewarding. I’ve met some incredible people, have had the chance to work on some fascinating projects, soaked in some life-changing conversations.
All to say, I feel #blessed.
This week I hosted a series of training sessions on the very topic of career development.
My main take away? Tomorrow is yours.
No for real. It is.
I’m not talking rose-coloured glasses stuff.
I mean it.
Today’s attitude is the difference between an ok tomorrow and an exceptional tomorrow.
The roadblocks we think we have in front of us are 98% of the time scripts we are scared to rewrite.
Think of it. Why do we paralyze ourselves? Scared that the wrong decision will cast a tumble.
Trying something new will fail.
Change is the only thing we can control. Our propensity to wanting to do better is shaped by our own attitude.
How can we truly shape our careers?
Focus on the now. Focus on the relationships that matter. Focus on quiet moments where a lesson is waiting to be picked up.
Instead of thinking “corporate ladder” (which is an archaic term, btw) and “3-5 years”, start thinking of the now.
What can I learn today that will make me stronger tomorrow?
My father gives me a lot of advice, but one cold afternoon some November day back in 2008 I remember vividly. It was raining, it was chilly out. I was going through a time of transition.
“Elena, the only thing you own and fully control is your attitude. Work on that everyday and you’re gold.”
Our careers, our lives for that matter, are shaped by the actions we take. Inch by inch. Step by step. Every day.
Surely a polished resume and some cutting-edge training is nice.
But back to my earlier statement if I may: Tomorrow is yours.
It just depends what you want to make of it and how you choose to take it on.
Have a great weekend.