If any of you have spent time traveling with young ones in excess of 25 minutes (or if you can recall being that young one in the back seat of the station wagon for what seemed to be a lifetime), you have heard this woeful cry, perhaps in stereo or in incessantly regular 5 minute intervals:
With the advent of online maps, GPS, smartphone apps, we can “guesstimate” our ETA with improved accuracy, but this remains cold comfort for those who are merely passengers, possessing no ability to accelerate the process, to take action to get THERE sooner.
I know what you are thinking….I thought this blog was supposed to focus on CAREERS, not trips to Wally World! Well, you are right, and here’s the application…
IN CAREER DEVELOPMENT, YOU ARE NEVER THERE!
I won’t cite that “old chestnut” it’s not a destination, but a journey (oops, I just did!), but it is true that you are either moving ahead or you are falling behind. Often not in giant steps, to be sure, but you should constantly be practicing what I have termed “Professional Dissatisfaction.” In flipping the ubiquitous Pareto Principle (80-20 Rule), the authors of the excellent book The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers introduce their 20-80 Rule: Invest 20% of your time doing your assigned work completely and effectively, applying the 80% balance to acquiring new experience, skill, knowledge, expertise to differentiate yourself from the crowd.
To quote my good friend Scott Ginsberg (@Nametagscott), “Nobody notices normal.”
And, one more by Harvey Mckay (@HarveyMackey) “Real winners keep moving the finishing line.”