When the concept of “professional development” is brought up at the office, what do you think about? Perhaps you think of reading “How to Win Friends & Influence People.” By Dale Carnegie or “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” by Stephen R. Covey – both of which are literary masterpieces. Fortunately for those in Williston, we have a gem right in our very back yard. For the past two years I have attended the Level Up Conference presented by the Williston Chamber and DAWA Solutions Group.
Level Up is an excellent opportunity to step back and perform a personal “temperature check.” It forces us to sit down and ask the difficult questions. This year, one of the key takeaway points was to “never, never, never..never… never…. Never…..NEVER give up! We can all agree that this is an important concept. After all, many of the most successful people in the world have failed time and time again. I know that this simple concept isn’t exactly life changing. Sure – it is an important reminder to persevere through difficult times, but does not otherwise bring any significant personal development.
During the “Don’t Sell Yourself Short” session, Danita Bye spoke about “Stuck Elevators.” Often we find ourselves on the cusp of reaching a new height, but unable to crest into new territory. Where do we go wrong? Do we make excuses? Do we blame other people? Or, do we ask ourselves – Are the troubles we are experiencing a result of our own personal ineffectiveness? BOLD STATEMENT! As professionals, do we take time to ask the difficult questions?
We have all heard the classic saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” To keep doing the same thing over and over but expecting difficult results is the definition of insanity as Einstein best put it. Level Up offers a remedy and gives us tools to CHANGE THE RECIPE! For those that were not able to partake in this year’s event, I highly encourage you to take part in the future.
Smart people learn from their mistakes, wise people learn from the mistakes of smart people! We are all the authors to our own stories. Some elements of the story come naturally, and other parts are fought for. We all have the ability to design and create our own futures. Doors may be opened for us at times and doors may be closed. It is up to us as individuals to recognize areas of improvement AND to act on them.
Simon Fisher, First International Bank & Trust