Thursday, September 13, 2012

More Things I've Learned Along the Way

I haven't been able to write for a really long time.

I'm trying to take active control of my career recently (maybe 5 years too late) and I've found myself seated before a lot of very wise people and I've learned a few things:
  • You can't be true to yourself if you don't know who you are. You can't take the reins if you don't know where you're going.
  • I'm getting pretty good at failing. One person called it maturity. I don't know that I'm any more mature, but I guess that is something you don't see from the inside. 
  • Loving what you do is not enough. You also have to find that thing that you bring to the table that people value you for. The sweet spot is finding the intersection between the two. Then go a step outside that to make sure you're always stretching yourself, always learning. 
  • You MUST keep learning. Stagnation is death.
  • Being comfortable is dangerous.
  • Every risk should be calculated. I'm not saying don't take big risks, just understand the repercussions of every action and their impact on you. Make informed decisions based on that. 
I'm sure I have many other lessons that I should write down because I think of this entire missive as something I will look back and read later and remind myself how far I've come (or encourage someone else) so I'll try to come back and write them down as I go along.

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