So its been ages since my last post…The grown up world tends to swallow you sometimes! You get so caught up in work and survival you forget to lift your head up and breathe.
I have been working for a little over a year now and it has been interesting and challenging. I’m not particularly crazy about my current job…it’s not exactly in the field of what I studied, but I needed to start off here because of my bursary and it seemed like something I would enjoy at first. But anyways, what I’m trying to get at is things haven’t exactly worked out according to “the plan”. And as much as that seriously frustrates me sometimes, it’s okay – because I know every little experience I go through will groom me.
I have spent the last couple of months reflecting and laying out my cards on the table and planning my next move. I realised that I am at a crossroad – I’ve figured out where I wanna be in my career, but as I stare at the cards on the table it’s pretty daunting. A lot of things are going to have to change for me to get to where I wanna be and it’s scary. This path I’m about to embark on requires me to be brave…braver than I’ve ever dared to be.
I’m at a place where I need to decide whether or not to take plunge, to let go of all my fears and dive into the waters of uncertainty, with nothing but a resilience to reach my end goal against all odds. Will I dare to be great? I know it won’t be easy…but it will be worth it!
So my last post was all about figuring out what your next milestone is and figuring out the formula for you to get there. Well, I had a chat with Timothy Maurice Webster, a thought leader in Brand Leadership, Design and Innovation but honestly just a really awesome person, and he shared with me his formula which I’m going to share with you 🙂 !!
Once university life is just about over, what’s next? What’s the next step? Timothy advises that from here you need to think of your post-graduate life as a theme or campaign. And in order to create that theme you need a formula:
My career & my skills + A void in society = A number of things that you’re going to do.
His campaign theme is “to inspire a revolution in thinking around behaviour, consumer behaviour and strategy towards your own life etc.” To get to this theme he used the formula: His skills as a writer and a thinker + A void in society = A certain level of discipline towards writing. Your own theme should be well defined and be able to create a very specific focus on what you want to do. Your theme needs to become a part of who you are, it needs to drive your interests and your goals.
The greatest mistake that we can make is to think of our careers in the short-term. We can get so caught up in surviving and making ends meet that we miss out on the universe. As Timothy explains, you need to extend your formula beyond your current day, beyond the current year and beyond the current space. You need to broaden the width of your universe! If you’re staring up at the sky and you can only focus on a couple of stars, you miss out on the vastness of the universe.
This is only but a fraction of the inspiring words that Timothy had to share, but I hope that this that I have shared with you is enough for to give you perspective in your own life, to help set you off in the right direction.