Updated: Oct 11, 2019
I was recently listening to one of my favorite entrepreneurs, Myleik Teele's My Taught You podcast and was immediately inspired. Her most recent series, "Summer Refresh #1" encouraged her listeners to be more authentic and less superficial with their endeavors. She discussed how floating through life on limited skills or faux abilities only cheats you out of actual opportunities where your voice, expertise, and outlook could make a huge impact.
Stop pretending to be proficient at Excel and take a course on how to enhance your skills.
Stop taking the easy way out and running to every social media "influencer" that has a webinar or hosts a workshop to give you the cheat sheet to success.
Instead, spend time actually looking at what you can fix and really work on those skills.
Ask yourself this...
What do I want?
- Do I want a better paying job?
- Do I want recognition at my current place of employment?
- Do I want to branch out on my own and pursue my dreams outside of a corporate structure?
What am I willing to do to get it?
This may mean taking courses at a local community college to get you the certification you need to get to the next level in your career.
It may mean stepping outside of your comfort zone and volunteering to do work in your department to make sure your talents are recognized.
It could also mean getting a mentor to learn from their experiences.
Whatever it is, you have to be willing to be both introspective and ready to DO THE WORK!!
I always tell my clients if you don't know where to begin, start at the end!
Think where you want to be in 1, 5, 10, 15 years from now and work your way backwards. What are the qualifications to get to where you want to end up?
VP of HR ---> Director of HR ---> HR Manager ---> HR Business Partner --->
HR Generalist ---> HR Coordinator/Specialist ---> HR Admin ---> HR Intern ---> Education/Exposure to HR.
Once you've got that narrowed down, you can begin the work. Investing time in yourself and getting to know what YOU want and who YOU are lends itself to be rewarding not only in your career but in life...plus you save A TON of time (and money) in the process!
Make this an action item for this week and begin the process of feeding your passions with purpose - your future self will thank you for it!