Last Wednesday my Branch Manager, Joe Pennisi, and I represented Patterson Dental at San Jose State University’s Spring Job Fair. We aimed to attract charismatic, motivated applicants, and found it a great opportunity to talk about Patterson’s commitment to customer satisfaction and interpersonal relationships.
As the first student approached our table, I found myself remembering a similar scene three months earlier, when I first sat across a desk from Joe and interviewed for my current position. As I learned while on the job hunt, a successful employment search requires hard work, determination, vision and passion. However, the most important aspect of any successful campaign lies in your ability to recognize, learn and grow from the experiences of your life that make you who you are.
Whether beginning a career search, matriculating through a university system, or opening a small business, our most valuable contributions come in the form of the experience acquired through lessons learned on our extremely unique paths. They say that the only way to make good decisions is by having experience, and that the only way to acquire experience is by making poor decisions. We rely on our mistakes to make better decisions in the future. We learn. We refine.
By taking the time to subscribe to OffTheCusp.com and read this piece, you are currently demonstrating your commitment to learning and growth. Ambition like yours inspires big dreams, and big challenges nearly always separate you from your big dreams. Move through challenges confidently, with the faith that the cumulative sum of your life-experiences arms you with the knowledge, ingenuity and moral compass to eliminate those challenges when they stand in your way.
To openly admit that your life is really all about you, may, initially, seem obvious, if not completely narcissistic. However, at the heart of every challenge, only you possess the power to never give up, to work harder and to will yourself to create your vision in the face of defeat. Embrace your vision, explore yourself to determine clear goals, values, and direction, and fueled by passion for your vision, move confidently towards your dreams.