Training to be a Professional

Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura, left, and third base coach Joe McEwing (47) hit infield grounders to players during a spring training baseball workout Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) ORG XMIT: RFOTK201

Author: Jennifer Hudson

We all wake up and tell ourselves, I want to be successful but what does that really mean. What do we as working professionals do to train and prepare ourselves for success? How do we advance our skills and knowledge to be the very best among our peers or competitors?

I thought about this while watching the World Series, I am an avid baseball fan. You see these professional athletes and you listen to how the work to train and prepare to achieve the very best status in their sport. They work their whole lives, maintaining laser focus, on a single goal, to be the best at their sport.

So, I asked myself, “How am I training and preparing myself to be the best in my profession?”. I am a Project Manager by training and skill, so I can take CEU’s and go to knowledge sharing sessions and expand my practice base with a variety of trainings, but I don’t.

Why is it we ask to be the best in business but so few of us actually put in the work? Well the answer is, laziness. Laziness is what makes us do a lot of things, we take the path of least resistance and try to achieve the same success as others with less effort. Life is designing ways round hard work to make it easier and giving us instant gratification to achieve the things we want.

I recently launched into a new endeavor and am learning quickly, that if I am to be successful at this, I need laser focus and to invest all of my TV time, my social network time, and all the other meaningless, unproductive time in to periods of study, work, and personal development. Because if you focus, train, and prepare you will find success. Just ask anyone who has achieved their goal, an athlete, a CEO, an entrepreneur, anyone.


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