Many of us have bought into the fantasy of becoming an overnight success. We want it all to happen now.
Bringing Excellence to MaturitySometimes, your head is bursting with ideas, yet your career track isn’t keeping pace with your perception of your talents. You may be past the initial entry-level point, yet you still have a supervisor or a manager above you whose job you covet because you know you could do it better.
Take a moment to see your position from your manager’s view and look closely at its importance.
Slow down. Give yourself time to learn everything you can in this period. Realize this is a golden opportunity to make money and learn your trade. For hundreds of years, apprenticeships have been a time-honored tradition. Indeed, Publilius Syrus, an Assyrian slave in Italy in the first century BC, served an apprenticeship of sorts with a master who educated him and became his mentor. Publilius’s wit and talent were so remarkable that his master freed him. He became a writer of maxims like the one here.
Maybe you feel like a slave yourself on some days, groaning, “This career track is taking too long!” But when you start thinking like that, change your focus. Look at the larger picture and realize where you are now and what it’s going to take to get where you want to me. You’re not likely to become president of the company overnight.
“It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity.” – Publilius Syrus
If you want to be the best at your job, you need to mature in it. Excellence only comes with time.
This is a great time to write down some objectives. Both individually and team-oriented. How is what you are doing today, helping you help others you work closely with on a daily basis?