We all get to an age where we hope that our years of paying our dues pays off. Spending your 20’s and 30’s building skills and contacts provides a career base that will take you to the next level of success. After college, I can remember working in positions that I didn’t give much thought about where I wanted to go or how to get there. In my very first post: Things I Learned While Working My Dream Job(s) Part 1, I shared how I finally found my focus and began my journey to a career that I wanted.
Once you find your path you need to work on building a meaningful network of professional friends by sharing skills and knowledge with one another. One of the best ways to do this is to join a professional organization within your community and volunteer your time for charity events. These opportunities will help you connect with others with similar interest, but maybe the most important is that you will learn to work with those who have different ideas and perceptions.
I have made many friendships that I cherish & feel blessed to have gained knowledge and resources from other experts in different industries. One thing to remember as you travel on your path, we as individuals never get where we are without someone else imparting knowledge upon us. If you take a moment you can probably identify several skills that you learned from your parents, a teacher or a co-worker, as I have shared in a few of my past posts.
This week’s lesson: take time to align yourself with your community, be an asset and make your environment a better place for everyone. You will not only be increasing your knowledge, professional connections and your skills, but you will gain respect and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Have an Enlightened Day