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The Learner’s Edge

January 19, 2018 — by robbiegsingh0

Trust the process and the rest will follow.

I’ve considered myself to be a lifelong learner, always enjoying the classroom experience while discussing different ideas in college.

This was a different kind of education though – self-education, would be fitting.

I’d been a beginner at many things in my life including many new jobs and short-term ventures that I worked in within different industries,

new settings surrounded by changing faces.

Aviation, hospitality, advertising, education, food and beverage, finance, biotechnology just to name off a few.

As a beginner, I remember the feeling of being new and then as time went on how that all faded.

The company expected more and more, then what was once fun became a daily mundane chore.

Though the positive side was, as all the uncertainty that came with being “the new guy” faded in the background;

more customers came to trust my expertise and level of competence to deliver value to their needs.

The progression to proficiency from a level of beginner resulted in boredom.

That was until I realized that all along that I had been working a job, of course – not a career.

Through a reflection of my experiences, taking a personal inventory of who I am and thirty years later, I realized my career path in social work.

After becoming a proficient professional, I would now be going back to the beginning for additional schooling.

And the timing of it all couldn’t be better! Soaring tuition costs, rising inflation, Betsy Devos (enough said) and now Donald Trump’s tax proposal.

As I zenned out by finishing a meditation session, I thought about what I really wanted to develop a mastery in.

I’d been a beginner, I’d been a professional but never a master at something. Perhaps that title is deceiving since the best masters

are technically always learning. And the ones who aren’t, can they truly call themselves masters?

Maybe only in their heads.

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