Personal Growth — Never Stop Learning and Growing


As a recruiter, I come into contact with candidates and job orders that teach me something new every day. The lesson I learned last week is that I should never stop learning, but rather soak up every piece of information wherever in print, audio, on television, online, bathroom wall, wherever I can glean new information, I had better absorb it. I now realize that I never want to get to the point in life where I am stagnant and no longer moving forward.

I met a candidate a few weeks ago, who I thought would have been fabulous for a particular position, but the manager felt he might be too advanced in his career. The reason that he thought he might be too advanced is because he was older and the stigma that older candidates face is that they are too old to learn new technology. It was at that point that I realized that I better keep new information flowing through my gray matter, or else I might grow stagnant myself. This was a wakeup call for me, my ah-ha moment, if you will.

You see, there was a time, not so long ago, I honestly thought that one day I would be perfect in my thinking. I know it sounds arrogant, but let me explain what I mean by "perfect". I thought that I would get to the point in my emotional maturity where every word that came out of my mouth would be filled with sage wisdom, every thought that came to my mind would be straight from God and every action that I took would be perfectly orchestrated and the exact same action that God Himself would have taken! I'm not sure where that mind came from, but suffice it to say, it was a mindset that would put me into a mental tailspin every time that I said something off color, not in line with the Word (ugly words included) Egypt responded completely opposite of the way I should have responded. When these "failures in action" occurred, it would set me back to square one, almost like seeing "failure-student will remain in 3rd grade" on a report card. Then I would have to start all over in an attempt to relearn what I already knew. I had not even thought about my career and progressing in new technology or processes, until last week when I realized that I would be learning and improving until the day I die.

Tonya S McFarlin