The e-volution

Experience

  • Experience is generally good to have, and we are regularly gaining experience, whether we intend to or not
  • Even if you’re in the most mundane of assembly line jobs, each day you go into work you become a little better at what you do
  • But basic experience doesn’t usually lead to a rich life because in most cases you remain an employee on a salary with limited upside, without much opportunity to really question how things are done, or propose new ideas (I’m not against being an employee, but I have a hard time with the limited opportunity to be creative and challenge the status quo)

Expert

  • To live richly (whatever that means to you), expertise has got to be your goal
  • Its in this realm that you become sought out (to speak to groups or to consult to organizations) and have the opportunity to question the way things are done and enact new ideas and opportunities because you are deemed an expert
  • Unfortunately few organizations see the value in fully empowering their people for growth and development, but this isn’t to say that you cannot be an expert within your own company
  • Its here that you have the freedom to build credibility, a unique reputation, and then be rewarded accordingly

Excellence

  • Now granted not everyone is seeking recognition as the foremost expert in their field, but allow your (fertile) imagination to dream a moment and picture how excellent life could be if you were engaged, regularly contributing ideas, and an integral part of forward-thinking groups and organizations
  • Given the choice, most people would take the exciting and stimulating choice over the dull and boring one
  • Even if the money or the recognition or the travel aren’t important to you, isn’t the opportunity to be stimulated and influencing positive change even a little bit enticing?
  • For many people it is, but they’re reluctant to step up and put themselves on the line, so they resort to feigning contentment with life