In addition to being a writer/author, I’ve had a long and fruitful career in corporate America. I had an opportunity to speak with a group of graduating students about my work and experience growing a career in a corporate setting. The students were a part of intensive training program that provided them with technical and professional skills. I love new beginnings and the energy of new graduates about to embark on their careers. I recall graduating from college and being excited about my first job post graduation. I had a very supportive supervisor and transition into my career.
One of the six career lessons that I shared with the graduates is to be where you are. The lesson was shared through a corporate lens; however, it’s also a powerful life lesson.
My message as it relates to being where you are in a corporate setting is to know what is expected of you, do your job really well, and be open to new assignments/opportunities that can help you stretch and grow into the next role. Oftentimes, when people are early in a career, the goal is get to the next level quickly. The focus often becomes getting promoted/getting to the next level instead of learning, growing, excelling, and enjoying their current role. Moving too quickly can be problematic when an employee is promoted and not prepared for their next role. I encouraged them to be fully present and embrace the journey of growing into their next role.
The bigger life lesson is to live in the here and now; not in the past or in the future, but where you are right now. You can make the most of where you are by cultivating habits and practices that enable you stay grounded and present in your life. A few things to consider:
- Give thanks for your life, even if it’s not exactly as you wish it to be
- Reduce multi-tasking and focus on doing one thing at a time
- Give other people the gift of your full attention
- Spend time in nature and literally put your feet on the ground
- Be intentional with your time on social media
- Breathe deeply
Being where you are is about making the most of where you are right now. It has a way of opening doors and drawing people and opportunities to you in your personal and professional life.
I would be remiss if I did not state that I am not suggesting that you make the most of an abusive, dangerous, or life-threatening situation. Please seek assistance if that is the case.
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