When we exercise our talents over a long period of time, we sometimes forget that at one point in our lives we didn’t know what we know now. We were novices learning and growing our abilities day after day hoping that one day all our hard work would pay off.
I spent time today with some first year MBA students reviewing their feasibility studies. They are very early in their lives and still trying to figure out what they want to be when they finish school. I sat and listened and remembered when I was in their shoes, facing the unknown and wanting to leverage my current skills into better more developed skills. It is an exciting time and a tenuous time, knowing and not knowing, learning and growing into the adult you need to become. Hoping that all your hard work will pay off in the future.
So what does “pay off” mean to you? Is it about making money? Do you do what you do because you want to give back and help develop the next generation? Or maybe you simply enjoy spending your time doing something you are passionate about no matter who knows it. It could be some combination of all of the above to different degrees depending upon where you are in life. It may be that you have no clue and are still figuring it all out. The key is to keep moving forward, keep learning and growing yourself and your skills, keep doing things that make you want to get up and get going each and every day. All the hard work will pay off it is just a matter of time.