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Progress Lies Not In Enhancing What Is, But In Advancing Toward What Will Be

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It seems like forever ago I started this blog to gain some initial traction before my change of role. It was actually forever ago. Three months, 90 days, a quarter of the year. It’s a long time to wait for a new career change.

Fortunately since this change in career I have had an increase in focus which has led to over 17 posts since the start of the blog and thousands of visitors. It’s fair to say it’s been relatively popular so far. Long may that continue. But what about me now? Am I chomping away waiting for the opportunity to start my new role? After all today the 4th of July is my ‘independence day’ of sorts and the end of my long, drawn out notice period.

I would be lying if I didn’t say I was nervous/scared/alarmed at what’s ahead. It’s quite a vast change going from a role where I have a level of security and ease to a role which is relatively unknown working for an Asia based business. But the same things which make me scared actually fill me with excitement.

I’m 26 years old, I have my future ahead of me and opportunities like this do not come along often. Who wouldn’t embrace such an opportunity? A job role perfect for my development, flexible working hours, working from home at least 4 days a week, Singapore travel. These are the type of perks I’ve always craved in business and the type of perks I have ranted about quite consistently through this blog and in person. This blog would not even exist if it wasn’t for such an opportunity. Alternative routes always stem from opportunity. The opportunities ahead of me are exciting and that’s what life should be. Exciting.

Why should you settle on a job just because it’s a ‘job’. There’s more to life than settling especially if you’re talented at your craft.

Now don’t get me wrong the role I have left behind is a good one, a safe one, a consistent one and a job where I have met some fantastic people. These are people who make the decision a difficult one but ultimately in the same way people search for stability at work I want a challenge.
A challenge is exactly the word which everybody should be striving for. I’ve watched people spend 10 years in the same organisation and although that’s a fantastic achievement these same people have longed to try something new.

Unfortunately through time you need to keep yourself challenged, motivated and inspired or your skills set will not keep up with the industry you are part of. Furthermore through time you get used to those comforts around you, the people you have known for this sustained period and everything becomes warming. I’m exactly the same. Near three years at an organisation and those aspects make the leaving difficult.

But life is all about timing and today is my time to move on and feel challenged again. I dislike standing still or treading water. As cliché as it sounds ‘we have one life’ and opportunities don’t always come around. Who would reject such an opportunity as I was presented? Not me. Never live in regret as things can always be rectified but missed opportunities are missed opportunities.

I am excited for the new beginning on Monday. At the same time I am tense, worried and scared but this is exactly how I like to live my working career. I would say the best way to leave this post would be through this absolutely fantastic quote from Charles Haanel. Digest his words and look at your own situation. If you’re happy in your career then I am absolutely delighted for you. If however you have any doubt and are in a fortunate career where there are alternative jobs then digest Charles words.

“The only way to keep from going backward is to keep going forward. Eternal vigilance is the price of success. There are three steps, and each one is absolutely essential. You must first have the knowledge of your power; second, the courage to dare; third, the faith to do.” — Charles Haanel


About the author

Ryan Gibson

Hey! I'm a 28 year old digital marketing guy residing in Leeds, England. My skill is in search marketing and I have gathered over 6 years experience of working on large multilingual campaigns for a number of FTSE 250 Organisations. After accepting a role with a business based in Singapore I began questioning traditional business practice and employee retention. This blog GenerationY.com was therefore born with focus on Y in the workplace. A millennial child at heart I aim to provide a voice for the 'misunderstood' generation and my goal is simply to change perception and corporate mind set on work/life attitudes; inspiring companies and individuals to seek change.

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