Starting Questions

Starting something new is never easy. Sometimes fun and exciting, but is something that always takes time and energy to master.

Whether you are starting a new job, starting a new position, or jumping into a new hobby, you have a lot to catch up on.

So how do we start to tackle this? Simple: Make a plan and then do the work.

How do you plan to tackle something you don’t know anything about? Find the people that know about it. Whether that is your manager, an “expert” or a thought leader in the space and start asking these question:

What are the 3 to 5 things I need to know about, now?
If you left the company tomorrow, what are 3 things I need to do/know to be able to handle everything confidently?
What are 3 to 5 skills I need to know to become really good at this position?

I have asked my managers this question and now have a place to start. I now know 3 things to start learning, 3 functions that are core to my particular position and 3 skills that I need to start practicing.

Not a bad start. It is much better than just running errands and doing small tasks. My biggest encouragement is to just jump in and start doing.

I could describe the act of swimming all day to you, tell exactly how to do the breast stroke and how to hold your breath, but until you jumped in and started doing the work you would have no idea what I am talking about.

Hope this was helpful, when a friend of mine asked me those questions I knew I had to share.

Have fun my friends and have a great day.