If you aren't learning something new, you aren't growing. And if you aren't growing, then you really aren't succeeding. Here's a few 'wake-up-call' questions for you...
For me - I have learned a good amount from both colleagues and competitors this year and have learned a lot from people I have met in different settings as well. However, perhaps some of the best learning I have achieved this year is via some deepdives into 1-2 books in particular. But as I type this, I wonder if the pace of my learning hasn't decreased a bit from prior years, and so will take some time between now and July to consider what new learning goals I'll have for the second half of 2022.
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I'm telling you the truth.. (MUST READ)
Don't ever wait to see what others are doing in the morning or dreaming about after a good night sleep.
Each morning, after you look in the faces of your children and perhaps your grandparents as well. Sit down on the highest mountain in your MINDSET, then, look upward and always say thank you!
You'll be amazed how your words can transcend an attitude of gratitude that surpasses all understanding.
May the surrender of your faith be be counted in your favor for years to come. Can you do this?
I Believe You Can...!
There's the saying you can't teach an old dog new tricks. I'm curious if anybody has surprised themselves by picking up a new skill / hobby as an adult.
Here’s a great set of ‘experiments’ that will be fun to do w kids and also teach some engineering principles. I read about it in fast company but here’s direct link, (spoiler - can b fun even w/o kids!) . Check it out https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/resources/challenge-cards.html
I met with a large staffing company based out of Charlotte today and they're doing some pretty cool things!
One of which is developing mini-workshops and learning materials to address topics that are important to employees in either their job search or their career development.
They've hosted hands-on workshops on resume writing and another mini leadership course for employees being promoted into supervisor roles for the first time in their careers - a great start!
What other topics would be helpful for a company to address?
I went to school knowing I wanted to study science but not sure what I wanted to do with that. As a kid I mixed shampoo bottles and made flower infused "creations", lined up my stuffed animals for school, played "check up" with my siblings and dolls, studied "wildlife" on my high-tech "binoculars" (read: looked at my stuffed animals through two empty toilet paper rolls taped together), and annoyed my parents asking for math problems to do. The other kids thought I was weird, but that's a story for a different post. Eventually, I went down the Chemistry route and did lab research, thought about becoming a doctor, volunteered as an after-school tutor.
After a short stint as a doctoral student, I became a teacher. Part of my doctoral program involved teaching college students and I realized that it was the most rewarding part of my day (as much as I liked mixing chemicals and watching them change colors). I thought working with kids and teaching them about how atoms and molecules make up the world around us was the funnest job on the planet. And I loved it! But four years in, I started to feel like something was missing.
I missed research and experiments. I missed thinking about new problems in mathematical terms. I researched different career paths and settled on the idea that I wanted to become a Data Scientist. You run experiments! Work with data! Math! But I had one problem....I had no business experience and I had never worked with a programming language before. Sure, I once knew my math and statistics, but it had been years since I had used more than what was necessary to teach high school and I'd never worked with the massive data sets that are becoming so common in today's rapidly changing digital landscape.
So I came up with a plan...sort of. I talked to tons of people. Friends, friends of friends, people connected to coworkers, complete strangers who I cold-emailed or messaged on job sites (I even cold-called a few people and let me tell you, for a millennial, that is TERRIFYING). And I learned that what I wanted to do wasn't impossible. I signed up for free classes online, checked out textbooks from the library, went to data science meet ups around the city. Eventually I started working on a few small-scale projects and applying for jobs. There were a looooot of jobs I never heard back from. Who was going to hire a teacher with no "relevant" experience? But I called the hiring managers, talked to all the people who rejected me, and learned a lot!
It wasn't easy. It took me at least a year while working a full time job to take these classes and apply for jobs. I left my job at an amazing school with awesome coworkers at the end of the school year so I could work on finding a new job full time. I was scared! I was giving up something amazing for uncertainty! And all that even though I knew I was lucky to have savings that let me be unemployed for a bit and a family I could go back to should I run out of money.
Four months later, after a summer of constant rejections (but some very useful conversations with the very people who turned me down!), I landed three final-round interviews, two offers, and a job at the kick-ass company I chose to work at.
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