“Don’t feel pressured to make firm plans for the person you think you are now and will be years hence. They will box you in. You will wake up decades from now wondering how you are living a life decided on by who you believed you truly were when you were 21 years old. Instead, keep living life for the as-yet unknown person you will keep on morphing into; keep the possibilities open.”
I read this little nugget of wisdom in an article that popped in my inbox from LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/importance-breaking-free-yourself-michael-puett?trk=eml-b2_content_ecosystem_digest-hero-14-null&midToken=AQH4GcXhGvSdHw&fromEmail=fromEmail&ut=1XGEoVENy1ang1.
When I feel overwhelmed at work or I’m entering situations/conversations I know I’m ill-equipped for, I take a step back and remind myself to stay curious. I learned this as I was pounding the pavement in dental sales for Henry Schein, Inc. I didn’t know my catalog. I didn’t know what mattered to dentists. I knew my products typically sold at a higher price than my competitors. When I started to approach my days and my customers with curiosity I began listening more. I was paying attention to things that really mattered and not my own agenda. I was a better person for it and my sales numbers grew. Whenever I interview for a new job, I stay curious. When I encounter a difficult resident, I stay curious. When something doesn’t feel right with my life, I stay curious. When you approach ANYTHING with an open mind and with the expectation that you’re going to learn something, you can’t lose.
Staying curious grounds me and allows me the freedom to not get caught up in my own head. It connects me to all living things and has afforded me the opportunity to learn on a daily basis.