The most successful individuals are those that never stop growing. They welcome the many factors that contribute to growth and keep a healthy perspective in regards to why and how growth is achieved. There are many ways we can develop as professionals; today we will touch on three of them:
1. Embrace Change
Work cultures and practices are constantly changing; you should be, too. When new programs, new colleagues, or new leadership are introduced, consider the benefits that will emerge as a result. Change can be daunting, but it is going to happen. You have to decide if you are going to roll with it and make the best of a new situation, or fight against it and make known your disapproval. If you choose the former, you will likely be seen as someone who is flexible, and keeps the best interest of the company as a number one priority.
2. Welcome Feedback
Growth begins when we willingly assess our strengths and weaknesses. With that, we are confirmed in what we do well, but also have to face some hard truths about how we can improve. To receive feedback gracefully, keep a healthy perspective. Remember that the feedback is being given to you because your employer feels you are worth investing in; you are an asset. Every great asset requires development. History is teeming with stories of people who had to receive some hard truths and work to overcome them before achieving greatness: Walt Disney, J.K. Rowling, Bill Gates, and Thomas Edison, just to name a few. You can read about them here. If you are also receiving feedback that will help you improve, consider it an honor and a great opportunity.
3. Make Time for Learning
You have the framed diploma(s) on the wall, and that should represent the beginning of your academic accomplishments. With the change you are now embracing, and the feedback you have gracefully received, how can you learn about and implement new ways of doing things? Reading changes the way we perceive our work and offers insight into how we can bring about change and excellence in what we do. From the CEO to the intern, reading is a necessary way for everyone to grow and connect. Continuing education has many faces, whether that is in a book, a course, or a mentorship, there are innumerable resources available to you.