Okay, so I probably could have named this blog a gazillion different things as what is going on in my mind is all over the place but this will do. For the day job I work in finance and I’ve shared this saying before but it applies here as well that “without risk there is no reward.” It is pretty much supposed to sum up the stock market but I’ve used it to say people need to take risks in their lives and their writing. So I’m going to reiterate it today by telling you what happened this week.
A colleague of mine recently accepted a position elsewhere. A great move for them as they can do the moving up they wanted at a hopefully a faster pace—at least that’s the plan. In the interim, I’m taking over some sort of coverage for their team and today we had a meeting. Interestingly enough, I had someone comment after the meeting that they were very grateful for my support and the meeting, and that without a formal leader they just felt sort of lost and not sure what their expectations were.
Sooo… the whole thanks for the support was nice on their part, but I also had to pause and think about their statement because first, their ex-boss hasn’t been gone that long and two, expectations are there whether the boss is present or not. Sure there may be preferences on ways things can be done, but overall, you are there to do your job and do your best, whether someone is there to give you orders or not. And part of that got me thinking about this being one of the issues with our age of technology and information. We want to know anything, we look it up. There are instructions and answers for everything on the web. But instructions and answers didn’t tell Steve Jobs to figure out what would revive Apple. Instructions and answers didn’t tell Ford to think outside the box when it came to transportation. I can go on and on but for the sake of your time and blog space I’ll stop here.
In summary, I’m saying take risks, make mistakes, learn on your own. Go to the library and open a book. Part of the wonder of learning has always been the journey getting there. The internet is great, especially on a time crunch, but don’t let this age take all the innovation out of your mindset. Have your own journeys and challenge those bosses. No company needs people to give orders to—at least not all the time. We need innovative minds prepared to take on the challenges of tomorrow; otherwise, what’s to say you’re not replaceable by a drone or a robot?
Food for thought. Happy Writing this week and may your mind take you interesting places!