Know Yourself

– and don’t believe what “the experts” have to say.

Many years ago I worked for a wonderful company that offered the opportunity to take an aptitude test determining your potential as a computer programer. After taking the test the HR “expert” came and told me “if there’s anything you don’t want to do for a living it’s program computers. You failed this test miserably.”

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12

Believing the expert I actually left that company and wandered professionally for 5 more years. Then, a synchroncity like series of events lead me a to role with the opportunity to learn software development in a hands on setting. Within 1 year I was at night school writing computer code, within 2 years I was back at that first company as a trainee and within 8 more years was promoted to a corporate officer, assistant vice president. I had found my niche, a path of learning, development and leadership that was a fit for my aptitudes and natural working style.

What’s the key? Sometimes we must trust our instincts, “over rule” the experts in our life telling us “you can’t do that”, “you don’t have enough …” Enough experience, training, education, drive, or something else the experts say we “should” have.

Sometimes, you are the best judge of your potential, drive, ability, and fit. Sometimes you know more than the “expert”.

So, Know yourself. And don’t always believe what the “experts” say about you!

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