Thrive : to grow or develop successfully : to flourish or succeed
These were the top ten takeaways from the panel discussion:
- You must be willing to get out of your comfort zone in order to grow. Don’t be afraid of new challenges.
- There is no substitute for working hard. Serendipity usually means that the harder you work, the luckier you tend to get. You may not know whether you will love what you do until you start doing it.
- You will have to make sacrifices to get what you want. (They may not even feel like sacrifices if you are doing what you love and having fun.)
- Work/Life Balance: You have to juggle 5 balls in your life. They are your work, family, friends, health, and integrity. Do remember that you can drop work and it will bounce back, but you might not be able to drop the others without damaging them.
- Be accountable. Do not play the blame game. You may not like the situation but you own it and no one else is responsible for changing it.
- Mentors are important for getting perspectives and advice. You may have multiple mentors and they can change over time. They can be official or not - some people may be your mentor without even knowing it.
- Have a Mission Statement and Professional Development Plan. A mission statement is a statement of purpose, your reason for existing. The mission statement should guide your actions, spell out your overall goal in life, provide a path, and guide decision-making. A professional development plan will be helpful in laying out your goals and what needs to be done to achieve them. Note: two of the panelists said that they never created a mission statement.
- Develop and live by a set of core values. Core values are your fundamental beliefs, your guiding principles that dictate behavior and action. ITW employees have five core values are: respect, transparency, ownership, curiosity, inclusion, and courage. I would add integrity, compassion, family, and God to my own list.
- Continue to learn and grow. Never stop listening and learning. Core skills, e.g. social, communication, listening, working in teams, etc. are essential for growth and transferable. Anyone can learn and attain technical knowledge which can become obsolete quickly.
- Thriving is about loving what you are doing, relating to and making connections with those whom you work with (colleagues, customers, etc.), and continuous learning and growing.
Although each of the panelists had different paths and experiences, there were some common threads. However, there is no magic formula to being “successful”. Each of us have different definitions for success and thriving. Each of us had to make choices.
Life may be the question. How you live it is your answer.
How do you define "thriving" and success? What would be your advice and thoughts on "thriving"?