Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.
– Special Forces Association Chapter 60 , Tampa Bay
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This quote was shared by a friend of mine in a Special Ops branch of the United Stated Military. Special Ops members don’t ever wish for it to be easier. None of the members I know whine or wish things were better. They look at challenges and problems as opportunities to hone their skills, whether they are military skills or civilian skills.
If you had a genie that would grant you 3 wishes, these are the three you should wish for:
Wish you were better –
If you were better at what you were doing, you would be better than most of the people doing it. People that are able to do things better than other people in their field are the most sought after for those skills. They can charge more money than the others. I used this wish to make myself better at skills that I needed to get the goal I set to be a consultant back in my early IT career. I became better than most people at this skill and was able to charge $150 – $250 per hour for those skills. If it was easier and everyone could do what I did, I wouldn’t have been able to charge that type of fee. Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.
Wish for more skills –
The skills I became better at that I mentioned above was a limited skill. It was limited by time. It was used on a DOS-based software application or an IBM Midrange computer. OK, some of you may not know what that is, but DOS was a pre-Windows and IOS operating system. Yes, it was a Microsoft operating system and as you can guess, it ran it’s life course and those specific skills eventually became useless. So, what do you do? You learn new skills. There are new problems that arise. These new problems require new skills. I have been called a Jack of All Trades. That not necessarily a good thing, but there are some careers that now look for generalists. However, I never consider my self just a Jack of All Trades. I like to say that I am a “Jack of All Trades and A Master of Some”. I realized at an early age that by becoming the best at, a master at specific skills, would give me an advantage over others. It would also prepare me for the event that an industry, or career path required a pivot, I would be skilled in many areas. There are many problems out there. Learn more skills. Learn skills that can transfer to many areas. Don’t wish for fewer problems, wish for more skills.
Wish for more wisdom –
Like a multi-skilled person a wise person that can solve problems and challenges is highly sought after. Someone that looks for challenges and ways to overcome or solve those challenges are desired in the workforce. In today’s environment, bringing wisdom to your space will bring you greater value. Being able to understand the fine nuances of people, technology and processes will propel you in your career, in whatever industry it is. Gain wisdom by studying the ins and outs of the industry, the problems and challenges in whatever you do. Be able to work out the answers to challenges and you will be in demand. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.
When you wish upon a star, these three wishes will take you far.
On A star, in a deep well or a fountain, these 3 wishes will take you up a mountain.
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