When you break it down, a career is a cycle of learning a set of skills, developing those skills, and then taking advantage of opportunities to use those skills in a more challenging setting—which will, in turn, develop new skills.
A failure in any part of this cycle can lead to stagnation.
If you’re not learning, you’ll be incompetent at your position. If you’re not developing, you won’t be an asset to your organization’s future. And if you’re not taking opportunities to challenge your developed skills, you won’t have career depth.
Which part of the cycle are you currently in?
As for me, I’m about to embark upon a new challenge—meaning that this will be my last blog post as a weekly contributor.
Moving on to the next stage of life isn’t easy.
There’s a bit of anxiousness stirring inside of me for what’s to come; but if I don’t take this leap, I wouldn’t be practicing what I preached (like fear and comfort being the number one inhibitor of success).
I certainly grew in my profession at Strategic Government Resources. The knowledge I acquired is too lengthy to list, and the work environment is truly one-of-a-kind.
You’ve heard this many times on this blog, and you’ll hear it many more: change is the only constant. And now, it’s time for me to live by those words.
So, thank you very much for allowing me to be a part of your morning routine every week. And each person who has personally contacted me to leave a kind note will never be forgotten.
Please feel free to stay connected with me on LinkedIn if you’d like.
In the words of Ernie Harwell, “It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.”