When describing his climb to becoming CEO of Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Darwin E. Smith, is quoted saying, “I never stopped trying to become qualified for the job.” I love this quote because it shows his dedication and reminds us that the work never stops.
Many times, we work hard to get the degree then we work hard to make a good impression at the interview, but plateau once we have the job. Complacency and comfort kill success. There is always work to be done and we should always be busy; keep reading books and keep asking questions. Excel at your job but since you can’t cheat the hustle, you absolutely have to remain a student of your craft.
Today I hosted a live, national webinar for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). The presentation was based on the article I had published and lasted the longest hour I’ve ever experienced. I’ve done more presentations than I can count, and I’d say that I’m great at public speaking, but my excitement about the webinar soon turned into nervousness.
Minutes before it was scheduled to start, I took a deep breath and reminded myself to be grateful for an opportunity to experience something new. It was uncomfortable at first and slightly scary, but I’m so glad I took a chance at it.
I talked non-stop for 55 minutes, but can hardly recall anything I said. Since most of it is a blur, it was nice to receive some tweets letting me know that the attendees enjoyed the discussion!