An interesting topic and something that we often overlook but should never undervalue. Think about it: How did you learn to do what you do? If we dissect the question and truly break it down, I would like to think most of us would come to very similar conclusions:
- Mentor – No matter the profession we choose to enter, we most likely have had a mentor or teacher who has been both an inspiration and teacher. I think about my career and path to today and think back fondly to all of the folks that I looked up to and what they taught me. Some of the teaching was through knowledge transfer; some was from observing leadership and professionalism. I have been fortunate throughout my career to have been in positions where leaders have been guiding forces to push you forward and get the most of out of you as an individual. On the flip side, I have learned a lot about how to be successful by learning from the mistakes of others and avoiding going down an unnecessary path.
- Trial and Error – Sometimes, you have to learn what to do by trying it. No two people are alike; everyone has their own style. It is important to learn from your mentors and you may even emulate them, but don’t try to be them. Among the best advice I ever received was: Be yourself.
- Passion – Think about the most successful people you know in various fields, now ask yourself, do they love what they do? I can’t think of anyone who has passion about what they do that aren’t happy and successful. Passion creates that energy you need to keep going. Find your passion and follow it.
- Continuous Learning – Never stop learning new technologies, new tricks, and new ways to improve your performance. Try to pick up something new everyday to help you get the most out of yourself and others each day.
- Consistency – Any one can work hard for today, or this week. The people who can continue to work hard day in, day out over the course of time are the ones who see the results. Embrace the process and trust that the results will come, most of the time, they do!
There are no secret formulas to learning to do what you do, but know that if you don’t do the basics, you may always be searching. How do you keep learning? Let us know if you have any additions to this topic in the comments section below.
Kevin Brooks has over six years of Sales and Recruiting experience. He has been with Modis the last three years where he started as a Resource Development Manager. He is currently a Business Development Manager for the Modis branch office in Richmond, VA. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.