How to 10x Your Growth This Year
and get the results you really want
6 years ago, I was in the middle of a fierce internal debate with myself.
I was deciding whether or not to (a) quit my job and travel the world, or (b) stay in my job and figure my sh*t out.
I was miserable with the work I was doing and felt completely stuck.
On one hand, I wanted nothing more than to hop on a plane, forget about my worries, and spend a couple of years exploring the jungles in South America, riding motorbikes around Southeast Asia, and drinking vodka in Moscow.
Pretty Millennial of me, right?
On the other hand, I worked very hard to get where I was. My parents put me through school and I owed it to them — I owed it to myself — to see it through.
This debate went on and on, until one day I was venting to a longtime friend, telling him how stressed out and confused I was.
He listened carefully while I ranted, and then said something that has radically changed how I see the world today.
He told me that while traveling the world would be incredible (he was a fellow traveler himself), I would eventually come home.
And I would come home with no career experience and less opportunity than I had today.
While traveling may add to my overall life experience, it could put me in a worse career position going forward.
Instead, he recommended that I take this time, in a job that I wasn’t happy with, to double down on my development.
You see, at the time:
…I wasn’t reading books to broaden my perspective or grow professionally,
…I didn’t have a coach or mentor to help me think through these big decisions, and
…I wasn’t going to seminars and networking events to surround myself with other like-minded people.
I expected my company to facilitate my growth.
Whether that stemmed from my own ignorance about how the corporate world works or it was the values my generation grew up with, I don’t know.
What I do know was that I was fed up with how I was working and knew that I needed something to change
So I took his words into careful consideration and decided not to quit my job.
This was the turning point in my career because I finally decided to invest in myself.
…I’m consistently reading 3–4 personal and professional books per month,
…I’ve had multiple coaches over the last several years (even have one now), and
…I’m actively going to seminars and surrounding myself with like-minded people.
As a result of this effort I put in, my career has taken off.
Now I don’t say this to impress you, but rather to impress upon you how important it is to be dedicated to your personal growth.
And just like my friend who gave me this advice, I want to pass this on to you.
If you are struggling in your career and are ready to throw in the towel — don’t.
Take a look at what you are doing currently and do some self-reflection.
- Are you immersing yourself in positive, inspirational material on a daily basis?
- Do you have a coach or mentor you regularly meet with?
- How many times are you surrounding yourself with ambitious and driven people like yourself?
If you can’t easily answer these questions, then you have more juice left in the tank.
Because when you make the decision to invest in yourself, that investment will pay you back 10x, even 30x, over again.
Don’t believe me? Take it from a surgeon who used the power of coaching to save lives.
In this TED talk, Atul Gawande talks about how he leveraged the power of coaching in his own practice and in the practice of birthing nurses in rural India to save precious lives.
No one else will do the work for you. And if you want to be great, if you want to have an incredible career and a fulfilling life, you must be willing to do the work.
I’ll leave you today with a motto that I keep close to my heart:
If it is meant to be, it is up to me.
Originally published at https://www.linkedin.com on January 24, 2018.