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In Times of Change

Aha Moment Monday

When I meet new people, they often ask, “What do you do?”
I think it’s not only a question of interest, but also a way to establish the route of conversation.
The question shortly after, “What do you do?” is often, “Where did you go to school?”

Perhaps like many of you, my profession appears to be in distinct contrast with what I studied.
I wanted to be a gym teacher so I took all my maths, sciences and languages.
I turned professional as an athlete then toured with an ice show for two years before getting into business.

Here’s the thing.
While my first kick-at-the-me-can appears to be in athletics and performing, all the lessons I learned about myself were specifically applicable to training and succeeding in my own business.
Visioneering, goal-setting, belief, preparedness, discipline, expertise, presentation, collaboration, limitlessness, and that if you want to stay ahead of the curve, you need to be open to new strategies and possibilities.

So the question is; Is it about what you’ve learned or about what you’re learning?

Aha – “In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” Eric Hoffer

I met a guy a couple of days ago who is the National Accounts Manager for a leading golf club grips company in the U.S. He said he got his degree in finance and suggested that he’s never used his degree.
I don’t believe that. What I believe is that his time in university armed him with w-a-y more than scholastics. He grew as a person understanding what it took to apply himself and get ahead. He went to school on a golf scholarship and is now living in an industry that affords him to play all over north America whilst visiting his customers. He is doing extremely well and loves his life.

Learning = growing. It’s all part-and-parcel of what makes you the unique and capable individual you are.
And the road to living your dreams is rarely that of straight-and-narrow.

In the words of Pippy Longstocking, “What shall I do today, what shall I do?”
Today is a blank canvas and an opportunity to learn something new.
Create a great one!

Succeed deliberately!
Jae M. Rang, MAS

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