Today’s blog post is by 10Eighty CEO and Founder Michael Moran. He has a passion for helping people maximise their potential and believes everyone should have job satisfaction and a successful career and helps organisations design jobs and career paths that maximise employee engagement.
“I’ve always thought tests are a gift. And great tests are a great gift. To fail the test is a misfortune. But to refuse the test is to refuse the gift, and something worse, more irrevocable, than misfortune.” L McMaster Bujold.
It’s Advent and gifts are good topic; from the odd array of gifts that the ‘true love’ offered to the gold, frankincense and myrrh given by the three wise men. For the record this blog writer would prefer the gold and perfumes!
A gift is an item given to someone without the expectation of payment or anything in return. Although gift-giving might involve an expectation of reciprocity, a gift is meant to be free. Wikipedia says that a significant fraction of gifts are unwanted, or the giver pays more for the item than the recipient values it, resulting in a misallocation of economic resources known as a deadweight loss.
The Bible tells us that it’s more blessed to give than to receive. In truth a gift doesn’t just reveal the image the giver has of you; it shows the character and the thinking of the giver as well.
Far from being voluntary, the 20th century French sociologist Marcel Mauss says that presents are tied up with strict obligations. “To refuse to give, to fail to invite, just as to refuse to accept, is tantamount to declaring war; it is to reject the bond of alliance and commonality,” he wrote in his 1925 essay “The Gift.”
From time to time we’ve all had to face up to challenges and tests in our professional and personal lives. We don’t always do as well as we would like but tackling the new and difficult is what helps to grow as people. When we face a test of our ingenuity, experience or confidence we find ways to push ourselves and see what we are capable of.
At10Eighty we believe that leaders help their teams to learn to collaborate, to share, to explore the unknown, and to take risks.
We all have to cope with a lot of uncertainty and volatility in managing our careers in the current climate. Building resilience and consolidating career management skills will help employees to thrive in such an environment and meet the challenges thrown up by new ways of working and disruptive technologies.
Faced with life’s ups and downs, we all have different ways of coping. There’s no point in being guilt ridden at every failure, it’s important to learn how to take accountability in a balanced way. There are two things crucial for success at work, they go had in hand – self-knowledge and self-confidence.
We all make mistakes sometimes and it’s not just a truism that we learn from our mistakes. Being prepared to tackle a challenge, a difficult situation, or testing circumstances is the mark of a winner. In the face of a testing situation it may seem easier to back away but address the challenge head-on and you will learn about yourself on the way.
In difficult times it’s not possible to wave a wand and have every test result in a great success but it’s important to learn from difficulties and apply that learning to future challenges.
Here’s another quote to finish: “What greater gift than the love of a cat.” Charles Dickens. Whatever gifts you hope to give or receive in the holiday season don’t forget to take joy in the simple things and learn from everything you do.