Be Open Be There

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No matter what you want to do at life, you should want to do the job enough that you are willing to study how to be the best. And, while doing so, you must understand and admit you will make the mistakes of the uninitiated during the process until you learn how to be better. No matter what you wish your new job to be, there will be hurdles along the way that you can only master by being there. You have to learn some things by doing.  Books and videos will never teach the small human moments that each career holds.

There is a difference between the willingness to learn from your mistakes and just ignoring those errors and trying to hide them. It is often the difference between a happy professional and a mediocre worker. One is willing to acknowledge and learn, and the other wants to hide mistakes and pretend they did not happen.

Throughout your professional career, and especially while you are learning and growing within that career, you need to stand up and let the light of knowledge and honesty shine in. You can see and learn better out in the open. It is important to remember that you are not trying to fool people into thinking you know it all. You are not trying to make others believe that you are the best at everything you do. You are there to help them, to learn yourself, and not build your own ego.  The best advice is to be humble and be open to your clientele.

Others will know the truth. You are trying to do your best to offer what you know and help them. Others are going to appreciate what you are doing for them, and they will also understand that no one knows everything.  You cannot hide that from the light. After all, we are all human.

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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