“The guy may be totally motivated, connected, and inspired, but if he doesn’t know how to do it, he’s not the guy to take out your appendix.” Robert Genn
Have you ever been at those business functions where the charismatic motivational speaker whips you up in a frenzy? You’re ready to do whatever it takes. You’re fired up! Of course that’s why the speaker was brought in. But that’s only half of the equation.
Success is a meeting at the corner of opportunity and preparation. Are you prepared? Did you do some professional reading today? If you’re motivated but not competent for the task, you will be passed over time and time again.
I regularly read on a wide range of subjects and it’s shocking just how often something you learned about Subject A can be applied to Subject B. It’s also shocking to find out that the more you learn, the more you realize how little you know. Education and self improvement are a long journey that only you can take. You will have plenty of friends and travelers with you for sections of the trip and they will teach you just as surely as books. Some will be good examples and models. Some will be useful by their notable excellence at being bad examples.
Make sure you do something today and every day to grow YOU and YOUR career. You are the only person who is completely and totally interested in your career.