Soon, some of you will be finalising your qualification, ready to take on an exciting career at an extraordinary time of Library and Information Services. Others are still getting through challenging tasks in the units of your Certificate II, III, IV or Diploma. Wherever you are in your study or life learning, please ask yourself this: “If the world were perfect, what kind of student would I be? What would a perfect life look like? What would a perfect career look like?”
Of course, we are not perfect and the world can’t be perfect. However, too often in life we compromise on a compromise, rather than compromising on perfection.
When studying for a new career we must choose actions that have real consequences, not for how they affect us today, or even affect our final results, but for where they’ll get us a year or five years from now. What decisions can you make that will get you closer to the place you want to be? We need to reverse engineer our decisions, first starting with the end in mind. You need to have a goal of where you want to be 1, 2 or 5 years from now. What does that moment in time look like in the future? What plan is required to get you there? The decisions or actions you take now – will they get you closer to that goal, or take you on a path that leads you further away?
A beautiful quote: “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine” – John C. Maxwell
Without direction, without a destination, without looking at our daily habits, we will simply float around taking paths that lead us neither here nor there, and that is when we start to lose motivation.
Let me tell you a story that I heard, a story that inspired me a great deal, so much so that I decided to share it with you.
”Nick Leone was a chef in Italy before he worked his way to America on a freighter. When the ship docked in Philadelphia, Nick jumped ship. Speaking no English and having little money, he first got a job on a hotel cleaning crew. Nick worked hard, routinely scrubbing the men’s room fixtures with a toothbrush. The General Manager walked in and noticed the astonishing transformation. He called Nick and interviewed him about his goals, ambitions, and work ethic. When he learned that Nick had been a chef in his native country, he gave him a job in the kitchen. Nick soon worked his way up to head chef. He continued to work hard and save money until he was able to open his own catering business on Long Island.
Nick was doing well and could have stopped there, but he had a clear image of how things would be if they were perfect. He hired an architect to draw up plans for a beautiful banquet facility, the kind of place where people could hold large parties and gladly pay double or triple per person what Nick was currently charging. Using the sketches and his vision of a greatly expanded business, Nick persuaded some of his suppliers to advance him credit. With his cash freed up, Nick built the hall. It was so successful that he soon was able to build a second one. “He isn’t just a chef, and he isn’t just a manager,” says his business partner, John McCormack. “He is a creator.”
If you are not clear with a vision or a goal, take some time and some space to really consider it. If you are struggling with a long term goal, start short-to-medium term. Having a goal, albeit a shorter term one, is better than having no goal or vision at all. If you are struggling still – always known that I, as the Student Support Officer, am here to help you figure it out.
Before you make a choice or take an action, ask yourself, “How would this be if the world were perfect?” Then proceed towards perfection. Make your decisions for your ‘tomorrows’, not just your ‘todays’.
By Teresa Fibrich, Student Support Officer