This is an excerpt from Chapter 1.2 of my upcoming book, Challenge Accepted: Mindsets and Habits for Thriving in the Workplace. In this chapter I discuss four elements of career development for those entering the workforce as well as those looking to grow their roles and responsibilities.
Chapter 1.2 Four Elements
We are talking about Getting Ready so that you can Get Started on your professional journey. Whenever you face an opportunity to elevate your role or increase your responsibilities, you will revisit the Three Wheres. These are 1) Where you are, 2) Where you will be, and 3) Where you want to be. Within each of these stages, there are Four Elements that enable you to develop yourself (aka personal development, see more in Chapter 2.4) and your professional skills.
As we work to increase these four elements, something changes within us. The inner change is what prepares us to receive and thrive in new opportunities for external growth. External growth is reflected in achieving our goals. Internal growth is all of the preparation work that we do to get our mindset and habits right to face new challenges in our lives.
Increase knowledge = Increased perspective of what is possible.
Increase experiences = Increase confidence in the ability to learn new things.
Increase abilities = Increase opportunities through stewardship of knowledge and experiences
Increase resources = Increase access to opportunities
Knowledge is the most accessible of the four elements. If you are asking, “Where CAN I acquire new knowledge?” I would ask you to consider the same question with one small twist, “Where CAN’T you acquire new knowledge?” You have unlimited access to information which is an essential building block of knowledge. New knowledge has the power to expand our prior concepts of how things work and what is possible. Knowledge elevates our mindset and perspectives.
For example, if you wanted to learn to be an electrician, where could you find information about this trade?
Take anything you want to learn and ask the same question, “Where CAN’T you find information and acquire new knowledge?” We will discuss all four of these elements, but to understand knowledge we have to think about how people deliver and receive new information.
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