Monday, June 17, 2013

Advice from a Fortune 500 District Manager

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Photo credits:Eric Brian Ouano
There has been a disturbance in the force and haven't been able to pin it down to exactly what it is for myself. I've been having challenges when it comes to my career and have searching for answers. Luckily, I was able to meet someone who is much farther down the road to where I want to be.What I benefited from immediately was an older perspective from someone who's lead numerous teams and helped others overcome their challenges.

When I met up with the district manager for the Fortune 500 he was able to figure it out immediately. Helped me put words to something that I was having a hard time describing from watching and listening to what I had to say.

Friction. 

My expectations for what results I should be getting aren't matching up with what I am getting and over time every so slowly its been building up into frustration. I didn't even really realize it because I like to think I'm a pretty patient person. I've realized I'm not when I'm not sure how long I have to wait. A building frustration from doing the work but not seeing any results.

Makes you start asking yourself, "How long do I need to keep doing this ?".

Stick with it

If its worth getting then it'll be challenging. The biggest challenge is to not stop. Like asking yourself the question when will puberty hit and make me grow taller. At some point you just do.You cant predict when you'll get where your looking to go but if you keep moving in that direction you will get there eventually.

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” 
– Confucius

I was asking him when will I get to where I want to be? The answer to that question is different for everyone because we aren't all looking to get to the same place. He reminded me that its important to understand yourself, to know why your on this journey anyways.What pushes you forward ?

Is it prestige ?
Is it money ?
Is it helping people ?

This will be a big factor in shaping how you approach your work and the steps you need to take to get to where you want to go because in the end it is a personal journey. Understand your motivation in life. Think big picture and holistically about yourself and what truly motivates you. Enjoy the journey and the process.

No one can predict your future as much as we want someone to, but talking to someone farther down the road really helped. Helped me reset unrealistic expectations.

I pushed him anyways to give me a rough estimate of how long it'l take to get me where I want to be. Seems like I have 10 years left to go.

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