“I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.” – Og Mandino
Lets think about a typical path somebody follows in life. They grow up in a family that nurtures and protects them. They hopefully pass school and university with decent grades, do well in a few extra circular activities and turn into successful young professionals ready to take on the world. During these early phases of their lives, they are given a lot of support and guidance from parents, teachers and peers. Success to a large extent is defined and measured at a personal level. It’s usually about how well this individual performs for an exam, test, sport or event.
What will happen next for the young professional? They might need to leave their family home, become responsible for managing their finances, doing their cooking, cleaning and washing. They might also be starting a job for the first time. At this point life starts becoming more complicated. Some of the earlier anchors for decision-making still exist but several new dynamics also need to be considered. How does the young professional go about making the right decisions that will make sure that their long-term goals are met? How important is their dressing sense at a social event? How should they go about setting a personal budget? They might be a genius but how well do they fit into a project team? What should they plan on achieving in two, five, or even ten years? They need to answer these and various other questions. Depending on the decisions made, some young professionals will struggle greatly, some will drift along on a flat line, while others might even do well but never reach their true potential.
Over the years I’ve felt that I have been part of all of the above categories. As I reach the end of my twenties and start a new job, I thought it would be a good idea to start a blog and share my experiences, advice and other sources of knowledge on how young professionals can better navigate this uncertain phase of their lives. I welcome any thoughts, suggestions or criticisms you may want to share. My hope is that we all become thriving young professionals who reach our true potential.