If you have traveled to Tennessee and hiked, you will notice the beautiful greenery but also several giant walls of rock. My family and I, we were taking an afternoon stroll when we came across a giant wall of rocks called Goliath’s Wall.
I took a photo of the wall and then I saw that that little figure on the photo is my eldest daughter. She was attempting to climb the wall with no climbing gear or knowledge. All she knew was that she was going to climb the wall one way or the other and get to the top.
With her determination at hand, I thought about how many of us become blinded by reaching the top and start climbing the “career ladder” lacking equipment and knowledge on how to reach the top.
In any career path, you must equip yourself with the education and training you need to start climbing that professional ladder strategically.
If you’re looking to make a career switch or looking to return to school, all these decisions require you doing your research to find the right resources along with a mentor, or someone to guide yo along your new journey. Yes, the option to do it alone is there but no matter what you decide you still will need a guiding line like when you climb.
No matter if you are a seasoned professional or a recent graduate, you will continue to need addition training or certifications.
So what did you take away from this story?
1. Find a solution to overcome that rock, stop and assess your path up or across, find the proper training and ask for guidance. Asking for help isn’t a weakness.
2. Acknowledging that you need help is a strength.
We don't want to discourage you but encourage you to continue climbing and not remain stuck in the bottom of the rock just looking up and wishing. We want to see you get to the top. We want to see you succeed. Once you reached the top, celebrate your accomplishments and pay-it-forward by guiding others.
Going back to my daughter’s attempt in climbing the wall of rocks, she realized that she needed the proper gear and training. She didn’t climb that rock but she did start taking climbing classes. You have to start somewhere, right?! Happy climbing!
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