Please share your career path, say from after college till today. What important lessons have you learned over time?
Hi Steve, thanks for your time. Do you mind sharing how you got to your current position? What have been some of the lessons you had to learn the hard way?
I have learned quite a few lessons along the way. Some I remember like it was yesterday, some I am reminded of when a similar situation arises.
One important lesson was to learn from every failure. I saw a quote the other day that I thought was pretty appropriate. It went something like "With every failure, you are one step closer to the solution". That is true.
I don't think the details of my career will answer your question. I think there are other things that I did that helped me get where I am at.
First, I ask a lot of questions. I have this insatiable desire to learn. I don't necessarily want to be an expert, but I love understanding how things work. I think the people shouldn't be afraid to ask questions for the fear of looking stupid. When I was younger, I struggled with that. I thought if I asked too many questions, my credibility would then be in question.
With that said, you must listen to the answer. If you don't listen to the answer, then you ask the same question again, your credibility is in question.
Second, know what you know. We cannot be experts at everything, nor can we be good at everything. If you are in a leadership position, find people who compliment your strengths. If you aren't good at the detail oriented tasks, find someone who is. If you are not organized, find someone who is. Guarantee, you are filling a weakness they have
Last, don't be afraid to try. Unless you are doing something life threatening, what is the worst that can happen? You might fail, and when you do, recover quickly, learn the lesson, and try to solve the problem a different way. Other piece of information - just because something worked in one situation, doesn't mean it will work in the next. Learn to read situations and adapt. It will pay off.