You don’t know what you don’t know… right? Well you’ll never ever know if you never ever go is the saying and that’s exactly how I’d sum up my past two months.
For my third placement of my graduate program I decided to not only pick a placement where the work I’d be doing was going to be challenging and not a huge interest of mine but I also decided to move 20 hours north of home to a city I’d never even visited.
Now I could have just picked a placement that was 20 minutes from home doing work that I was comfortable and interested in. The key word there was comfortable. I don’t ever want to be comfortable. I want to be constantly challenged and developing as an HR professional.
This can transfer to all facets of life, university and even picking what to cook for dinner tonight. When was the last night you made an uncomfortable decision and pushed your own boundaries. Did you pick that elective at uni because you’ve heard it’s easy and the lecturer hands out High Distinctions or did you pick that elective because you knew it would challenge everything you know about yourself and make you think a little differently.
Overtime do you honestly think you’ll develop and succeed by taking comfortable step after comfortable step or do you think you’ll succeed by taking a giant leap of faith into the unknown only to find a whole world that you didn’t even know existed?
Pushing this boundary has been beneficial not only for me professionally but also for me personally. Sometimes you have to view life from a different angle, or in this case a different city, to really grasp what’s important to you. Plus the ability to take some time out and reflect and look back at where you have come from and how you got there is extremely important.
So next time an opportunity arises to push yourself that little further ask yourself how will I know if I never give it a go?’ The risk in my opinion has nothing on the reward!