Friday LinkedIn(spiration) — “Every minute matters when you have clarity of purpose.”
Three LinkedIn posts promoting a growth mindset, the power of grit, and the importance of sacrifice
We’re bringing Fridays back, folks!
I don’t know about you, but in our house, Fridays simply haven’t felt the same since the pandemic started. Before COVID, Friday was a day of jubilation. My wife and I spent the day wrapping up work and looking forward to a bounty of weekend activities.
We might pack the kids up for an adventurous getaway. Maybe head uptown to do some window shopping at the mall. Or catch a movie at our favorite Alamo Drafthouse down the road. Even if we were just planning to hang out all weekend, Friday carried a sense of fun and opportunity.
Now — after a year of spending almost every weekend at home — Friday has lost a bit of its luster. It’s been easy to see it as just another day. It’s been easy to feel down and depressed.
But, lately, as I’ve been scrolling through my LinkedIn feed, there have been several posts that caught my attention. Several that forced me to stop what I was doing and pay attention. Several that were worth returning to, reading over and over again, and screenshotting for later consideration.
These posts lit my inspirational fuse, as it were.
Hence the “LinkedIn(spiration)” pun.
So, without further ado. I hope your Friday is awesome, filled with positive thoughts. And I hope you find a spark of inspiration in these amazing posts.
1. Growth mindset = Learn at all costs.
Martin Harbech, Facebook Group Director and a LinkedIn Top Voice, put the spotlight on cultivating growth this week.
To emphasize the power of a growth mindset, he chose the example of Satya Nadella, current CEO of Microsoft. Nadella, since taking over in 2014, has led the company to record profits by growing a world-class cloud business. But, more than any strategic decisions, Nadella has cited the companies shift to a growth mindset as the key attribute of success.
The idea of learning at all costs runs counter to the way many companies operate internally. Showing confidence, regardless of the situation, can often be seen as a good career move, but it obscures the complexities of modern work. In many cases, it is far more beneficial to ask questions or admit you don’t know in the face of a multi-faceted business decision.
And we shouldn’t overlook the damage of rampant overconfidence in the workplace. Overconfidence is, in fact, contagious. And one of the greatest corporate scandals in history — Enron — is often attributed to a culture of overconfidence that permeated throughout the company.
So kudos to Satya Nadella for building Microsoft around a growth mindset. It’s paying dividends, both in terms of company profits and internal culture.
2. She is a fighter.
K. Braeden Anderson, a Securities Attorney at Sidley Austin LLP, shared a heart-warming post about the power of grit and perseverance.
Rather than celebrate his own accomplishments, Anderson’s post is all about the hard work of his mother, Lori. Tackling the law school admissions process is a mammoth undertaking for anyone. But Lori goes a step further, getting into a program that accepts less than 50% of applicants and ranks in the top 70 law schools in the country.
And Lori’s situation is somewhat uncommon. Law schools are predominately filled with younger students, with only about 20% of law school students over the age of 30. Still, there is ample opportunity for an older student to thrive. Older students bring a strong work ethic and mature study skills, which can help them tackle the considerable workload associated with legal studies.
But that’s just the practical side of law school. For many students, graduating from law school is the culmination of a lifelong dream. And Lori’s law school acceptance should serve as an example. It’s never too late to chase a dream, especially when you’re doing it with the support of your family.
Way to go, Lori! 👏
3. I create time.
Terrance Hayes, Marine Officer and future Financial Services professional, crushed it this week.
In the perfect example of a “show, don’t tell” post, Terrance shared a photo of his unique job search. In it, he’s wearing a suit from the waist up, and wearing his Marine fatigues from the waist down. This picture is worth a thousand words, and it demonstrates the pressure of transitioning out of the military. But more than that, it shows the commitment Terrance has to pursue his future goals.
And Terrance’s situation isn’t unique. Transitioning out of the military can be a challenge for many soldiers. On one hand, there are practical life concerns — such as high rates of PTSD and trauma — while on the other hand, there’s the difficulty of translating military work to a non-military setting. Soldiers like Terrance may spend time unemployed or feel that the work they take on after the military isn’t as fulfilling as the work they left.
But Terrance is tackling this challenge head-on with a determination that’s admirable. He’s willing to set aside “the thing that I want now for the things I want most.” This is a powerful statement and one that resonated with the LinkedIn community. Within a day of posting, Terrance had comments from big bank executives offering to speak with him or get him in contact with their military hiring program.
Terrance has a bright future ahead of him in Financial Services.
Did you run across some inspiration this week? Drop a note in the comments below. And join the Young Corporate page where we’re talking about career success, corporate citizenship, and more.
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