Will it make your boat go faster?

Will it make your boat go faster?

About a decade ago I was fortunate enough to be listening to the Olympic Gold rower Ben Hunt-Davis who shared the extraordinary story of the 1998 GB Men’s Rowing Eight team. After, a period of consistently failing to win medals they acknowledged the need to adopt a different approach, recognising that their methods were not giving them the results they wanted. At the heart of their new strategy was the question; ‘Will it make the boat go faster?’ This question was used as the determining factor for every action they took in the 18 months leading up to the 1998 Olympics in Sydney, it became their test. If they couldn’t answer the question with a positive response then they didn’t do it. This focus and determined approach resulted in them winning gold.

Why am I sharing this with you? Well, the same strategy can be applied to our careers. If we aren’t where we want to be in our careers, if it’s not giving us what we need then we have to make changes. If we are feeling dissatisfied in our careers but continue to do the same then we can’t expect things to change. From personal experience, I know this too well. I had fallen out of love with my job in HR; I was going through the motions. I would make slight tweaks, like changing the part of the business I supported, would get involved in projects, but nothing significant that changed the activities and skills I was using. If we continue to do the same we can expect the same results.

That job isn't for you darling, its too risky!

That job isn't for you darling, its too risky!

I was listening to a podcast with two media content experts and by way of introduction, they shared a little bit of their background about how they had got into their business. Both of them had wanted to be journalists when they first started out, but what was also interesting is that both of them had been advised against it by key people in their lives, who had no personal experience in this line of work, as they felt it was too difficult. Both of them instead opted for roles which were perceived as being easier and more common for women. Yet later on after several career changes (in roles that were deemed ‘safer’) they both achieved journalistic roles and have now built businesses in this field.

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