The Most Dangerous Word Is Just – How To Know Your Real Career Potential

We have probably all said it when describing ourselves to others. “I’m just an X.”

But, I was taught this lesson a long time ago when I said: “oh, I’m just a trainer.” Right there, I degraded a career seen as a skilled worker’s job.

The most common commodity in this country is unrealized potential.”

Calvin Coolidge

I’ve been fortunate to work in the training world for over six years. In that time, I had a chance to work with people down on their luck, fighting to get back on their feet and find work. Much of the work I had to do was to get them to take pride in their achievements and the skills they had gained.

The feeling of falling behind is common among high achievers. The bar is set high. Drive leads us to look at others who are further ahead, and to feel that we are not enough.

But, like a child learning to work, who falls after only a few steps, it’s important to look back at how far we have come, no matter how many times we have – or we feel – we have tripped.

Realising Your Value

So, how do we realise what our worth is, how much progress we have made?

We need to see the forest for the trees.

Write down on a sheet of paper, or several, all the individual skills you have. Whether it’s tying knots, cooking, quieting a crying baby, teaching a nervous technophobe to check their emails, motivating someone, CPR, writing clearly and concisely, or putting together furniture. You are the sum of this jigsaw of skills.

It is these abilities that are the envy, and the desirable abilities, others want or need.

It’s important to take pride in each of these abilities, to use them to get ahead of your peers, to help others, and to teach them to others.

Every step on the career ladder is about reaching for the next thing you cannot do yet, and relying on the multitude of things you are already capable of.

Grasp these skills, master them, utilise them, and cherish them, with unapologetic pride.

Looking Back

Do not look back on your journey with negativity, believing it is not enough. You cannot change the past, you can only move forward.

Accept the lessons you have learned, and move forward with purpose and conviction.

You are not just anything. You are the envy of others, but only if you realise your potential. For then you will have the kind of sense of purpose and positivity that others will lack.

Become an inspiration to them. Do great things, using your real potential. Do not be held back by your negative perception of what you can do and what you have done.

We can all be great, if we believe it.

Do you? Let me know in the comments.


Why 62 People Owning As Much Wealth As Half the World’s Poorest is Bad

It was recently announced that 62 people own as much wealth as half of the world’s poorest. And that’s bad for everyone.

The research, conducted by the charity Oxfam, found that the wealth of the poorest half of the world’s population – 3.6 billion people – has fallen by 41 per cent, or a trillion US dollars, since 2010.

While this group has become poorer, the wealth of the richest 62 people on the planet has increased by more than half a trillion dollars to $1.76 trillion.

I’ll say clearly here that my views are centre-right. I tip towards Conservatism, from a moderate perspective. That means I don’t believe in stealing from the rich to feed the poor, through high taxation, centralist policy-making, and the growth of the State. I have worked within industries effected by such policies and seen nothing that proved this was a good way of doing things.

What I do believe, however, is that it is more than possible for the entire world to benefit from econonomic development.

How is this possible? Through the moral judgement of those running businesses. It is possible to pay living wages to all of your staff, to value the skills and experience of your staff, and to pay into and to support the communities around where your businesses operate.

But, this is a major step in the wrong direction. Amassing a major wealth of money, with the kind of numbers that is difficult to fathom, deprives the majority from any ability to grow within their own means.

It’s important for businesses to realise that people begin from a starting point of knowing nothing. That’s why apprenticeships, or on the job training are important. There are great, intelligent, and talented people all around us. But, recruitment has been reduced to a pseudo-scientific process that looks for people who either know the rules of the game, can complete mind-bending tests that tell little about real on-the-job performance, or who have already done the job before. The entry-level does not truly exist.

Invest in the future of your business by looking for natural talent, energy, and a willingness to learn. This should be key for the entry-level of a business. It’s then up to you to invest in and nurture your people. It’s at that point that your people will invest back into you — and you will then get the most value from your talent.

And, as a member of the senior management team of a business, it’s important to realise at what level your own earnings should be enough. And that it’s time to reinvest that surplus into your staff salaries.

But, this is a difficult problem to solve. The issue transcends multiple cultures, economies, and societies. And that means, to unlock that wealth, we need consensus. And we know that’s not going to happen.

If it’s going to be resolved, it’s going to happen in a trickle manner. One business at a time needs to adapt to investing back into those that need the wealth more.

This the key element, though. It needs to be organic. You need to allow the market and the society to accomplish this. If you try and prescribe this through taxation and regulation, there will be nothing but push-back and loop-hole seeking.

And that means it will be slow.

KG Heath is a healthcare technology professional, horror author, podcaster, and self-improvement blogger. You can get his debut novel free here.

Hire for Personality

It’s fine having a degree, a professional qualification, or a host of memberships to professional organisations, but if you don’t have the people skills to work with colleagues, or customers then what do you really have to offer?

Think on this: it’s rare to have a job where you can work in a cupboad in complete isolation.

I was with my boss, interviewing a candidate for my team, when my boss said that the most important skill a person could have (for being successful on my team, at least) is simply “People skills.” The other parts of the job could be learned.

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