Do you have the determination to succeed?
“Hungry people are driven to succeed. They want to move up, move forward, move things along. They stay late not to look good, but because they want to nail it. They tend to make things at your company far more efficient because they’re constantly thinking about what’s not working and how they can improve it. Hungry people inspire those around them because they bring a kind of relentless enthusiasm to the table.” (Melanie Curtin, “The Resume is Dead“)
Hungry people are badge earners, learners, and collaborators.
I have always appreciated the “take charge of your own future” philosophy of most badge earners. We don’t wait for others to prompt us to learn. We research the hottest technology trends and get ahead of them by learning as much as we can. We look for ways to take FREE education to help us get credentialed. We find ways to collaborate with others to learn from them and share what we know. As humans, we are designed to be social, because in a social “tribe” we can help each other survive and thrive.
Why are tribes important?
In his book “Tribes“, Seth Godin makes the observation about tribes as follows:
“What tribes are, is a very simple concept that goes back 50,000 years. It’s about leading and connecting people and ideas… what we do for a living now, all of us, I think, is find something worth changing, and then assemble tribes that assemble tribes that spread the idea and spread the idea. And it becomes something far bigger than ourselves, it becomes a movement.
Badges: You can’t stop at just one!
Badge earners are insatiable learners. Just as you wouldn’t miss eating three times per day, badge earners want to continuously learn. We feed on it!
I really like this interview with Abby Fuller from Amazon Web Services (AWS) as she describes how she continuously learned to propel her into her role as Cloud Evangelist for AWS. She graduated from college with a liberal arts degree and now has a very technical role at Amazon. How did she do it? She was HUNGRY which led her to continuously learn and seek opportunities!
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Do you look for opportunities where others see problems?
Remember, when a vacuum is created due to a regulatory change, a market misstep by a leader, or when new technologies create a new business paradigm, do you see that as an opportunity? Or, do you wish for the good old days and stay put in your current skills?
I remember when I was a senior in high school, trying to figure out what my college major should be. I really liked marine biology, but I wasn’t sure how to get a job in marine biology. I looked through the classified ads in the Los Angeles Times Newspaper. For those that don’t remember classified ads, they were a section in the newspaper that companies posted their help-wanted advertisements for jobs. There were no jobs listed for marine biologists. But there was page after page of listings for computer programmers.
I wasn’t a dummy. I pivoted and switched my ambition to become a computer programmer.
Always be on the lookout for vacuums and be ready to step in and fill it.
What are your Pain Points?
This is a very basic question that I try to ask my audience. I’ve identified a few pain points including:
- Job security
- Finding the right job opportunities
- Increasing pay
- Getting promoted
- Developing soft skills
- Setting goals
- Finding motivation
- Fear about the future
Perhaps there are others that you could list in the comments section below. As a Learning Consultant and Blogger I want to address those pain points and help provide solutions, so please let me know if I’m missing any!
As an effort to more fully understand my readers and community, I have a single survey question in the community (you can join below) to get your feedback on these pain points.
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Do you have Grit?
In the audiobook, “Grit” by Angela Duckworth, she shares her research for the main characteristics contributing to people’s success. The number one characteristic of successful people? GRIT.
What is Grit? Determination. Persistence. Commitment.
When we’re hungry, we are determined to satisfy our hunger. We never give up.
“Many of us, it seems, quit what we start far too early and far too often. Even more than the effort a gritty person puts in on a single day, what matters is that they wake up the next day, and the next, ready to get on that treadmill and keep going.” (Grit by Angela Duckworth – scroll down the table to find the book for FREE)
Is there a way to accelerate the benefits of Grit in our lives?
Who are the gritty people you hang out with?
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