“Life’s not a spectator sport. If watchin’ is all you’re gonna do… then you’re gonna watch your life go by without ya.”
That was a dialogue by one of the Gorgoyle’s in the movie “The Hunchback of Notre Dame“, a Disney classic movie. Everyone is caught up with work, personal work, career work. How often have you said “Time flies by”? How often have you answered the question “What are those initiatives taken by me to go beyond what I am supposed to do?”. If you are unable to list any to that question convincingly, then probably the above dialogue is for you. Start thinking what is that something you can do on your own more than what you are currently doing. It could be as simple as learning something new, creating a tool that would automate some manual work in your organization etc. These are small things that provide you that competitive edge over anyone else who just stick to what has been assigned to them. Think about this. If you are applying for a job, what are those significant value adds you have that you can talk about beyond your experience and projects. In this fast paced world, what the industry needs are people who can take the driving seat than just take the ride. If you are always a spectator, then you will see your life go by without you very soon.
PS :- This post is part of the Foundations series.