You’re trying to get your name out there. You go to networking events, you build relationships on Twitter and LinkedIn. You focus on continuing education. But somehow, you’re still not achieving your career goals.
That’s because it’s not about how many people you’ve met. It’s also not about your education or your certifications.
So what is it about? Two things: Experience and giving a darn.*
*Replace with ‘damn’ for extra emphasis.
Experience as much as you can, as often as you can. Legally, of course. Travel. Run a race. Try weird foods. Talk to random strangers. Listen.
Experience breeds not only an appreciation for things outside of your comfort zone, but it also builds confidence. Confidence helps you make tough career decisions, tackle new tasks and share game-changing ideas with ease.
If you’ve spent time traveling, listening to the stories others have to tell and engaging in novel activities, you’ve probably met more people. The more people you know, the more you learn about–and become comfortable with–different personalities. It’s less about being an introvert or extrovert and far more about understanding people. This allows you to deal properly with workplace conflicts, challenging clients and how you present your opinions and thoughts.
On Giving a Darn
It’s one thing to give a darn about a work project because you’re receiving direct compensation for it. But it’s entirely another, and far more rewarding, to just give a darn in general.
Help a random person with their groceries. Take your mum out to lunch. Do the dishes even when you don’t feel like it.
The more you make that extra effort in your personal life, the more you’re likely to develop that habit professionally. One of my former co-workers took great care to always straighten the rug in the executive offices in which we worked. At first, I wondered if perhaps this was an OCD tendency, but then I realized that she just really gave a darn.
I doubt anyone would’ve noticed the rug, but this attention to detail permeated through all aspects of her life. She made caring a habit. Anyone who’s worked with her or become friendly with her experiences this. They trust that whatever task or problem they come to her with, it will be handled with care.
So get out there and experience things! And remember to give a darn/damn.
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