In Robin Sharma’s book, “The Leader Without a Title,” he uses a skiing analogy where you need to face your fears head on and take the plunge down the mountainside. Whether it is talking a new challenge in your personal life or work, or needing to make a life altering decision, you need to tackle the bull by it’s horns. As easy as it seems to stick with the norm and follow what you’ve always known, it’s time to leave the green runs and tackle the double blacks.
In your career you may be looking for a change. It may be the challenge of stretching yourself into a more advance roll, or it may be making a career move to something entirely different.
While I was in university I had a great job working as a travel consultant at our local motor club. I loved the people I worked with and I enjoyed interacting with people everyday. It was a great job while I was in school as I could work full-time in the summer and part-time while going to school. However, I found out shortly after I graduated that it was not the best job for the career path I wanted to pursue. I was really confused as to what I wanted to do as a career, and I was scared of trying something new.
I felt like I wanted to get into accounting and I wasn’t sure how since my major was not in accounting, nor did I have much experience. I first started applying for any type of position to get myself into something different. I had applied for a few admin jobs and had landed a couple of interviews. It was in one of these interviews where the employer told me I was over qualified. He asked where I saw myself in 5 years, and asked what was holding me back. It was time to take the leap of faith and ski the double black. I finally got my foot in the door through a temp agency, and the rest is history.
Always look for new ways to push yourself. The more you push yourself, the more you can discover what your strengths are and the more you can improve upon your weaknesses. It may be terrifying looking down the steep run in front of you. To summarize Robin Sharma, if you always stay on the greens, how are you ever going to practice and gain the confidence to move up to those double blacks. Sure you can choose the easy road in life, but truly what does that prove. Follow your dreams, and sometimes those dreams are going to require you to take some risk.