I have committed a crime. Apparently, you’re not supposed to invest in your growth outside the workplace.
Years ago, I landed an exciting job. I was eager to learn everything about my new position and master the skills. If there was an assignment left undone or a webinar to watch, I took the work home with me. After all, I was absolutely in love.
Bringing your job home was an absolute no-no.
My supervisor strongly disapproved of my actions. I understood why somewhat. I’m sure there was a work law somewhere I didn’t read.
However, must I wait until I’m paid to invest in my skills and get ahead on my assignments? It’s like an angry basketball coach barking at their star player waking up earlier than usual for extra practice.
Honestly, after the incident, my excitement for the job simmered.
Nowadays, I continue to learn and do whatever I want. At work, I engage in as much personal development allowed within the hours.
I feel like a flower. I can grow tall and spread out as much as I want.
Suddenly, concrete is poured on top of me, and I can grow no further. The concrete is everything and everybody stopping me from further personal development.
You’ll face rejections, hundreds of them. People you love will tell you to remain in safe, cushy positions. Stop people from hindering your growth.
A high school counselor told me I wouldn’t go far based on my standardized test scores. I continued to do my best in my remaining days in high school and landed in a prestigious private university.
Others have told me I should strive for working a decent, traditional five-figure job instead of working on a business of my own. I’m not into such a dull career path at all.
Trolls will attack you for your mere existence online, whether you blog or create an endless stream of Youtube videos. More than likely, they don’t know what to do with their lives themselves.
Keep building yourself. Read all the books you want, take all the webinars, and endlessly expand your world.
For example, act if you love acting. Go to every audition, extras call, whatever!
Writers: write, publish, learn from your mistakes, and move on. Forget about the people who believe you can’t make a living as a writer. People with this belief either gave up on writing or never even taken the writer’s journey. Turn the other cheek; it’s all noise.
Focus on you. Be the flower growing through the concrete.
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