A ship that stays in the harbour may be safer, but that is not what ships are built for
Let us be clear. It is easier not to chart a course to promotion. The route is uncertain. And yet, you are drawn; compelled.
Consider then when looking to the horizon; not what you will get from embarking on this voyage of discovery, but what you will become.
Clear the decks
“To reach a port we must sail – sail, not tie at anchor, sail not drift” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Why do you want this?
- Do you have sufficient experience to attempt the journey?
- What experience is that?
- What does it look like in writing?
- Is it specific and relevant?
- How does it sound when you speak of it?
Shipshape and Bristol fashion
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” – Seneca
Time in port is opportunity. To learn necessary skills and knowledge. To prepare ahead. Used wisely, shore time will hone your abilities and serve you well….. for when you are asked of your duties ahead you will be able to speak convincingly of them in stout fashion and with sure authority.
“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm” – Pubilius Syrus
Safely moored? A good place. Undecided? Safe harbour.
Decision made? Then step aboard; anchors aweigh, all hands on deck. Ever heard the story of the snail who set sail on the tail of a whale? Never mind, “Cast off. Set sail”.
Dead ahead – now committed, you must be prepared for the prevailing winds to change. At times you will need to ‘tack’ away from your intended destination in order to reach it. As your own quartermaster of your vessel you will need supplies. Energy, drive, determination, enthusiasm and plenty in reserve. You are now navigating grey seas, waters lying far from warm and familiar shallows.
Commitment will be tested.
“Skilful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest” – Epicurus
Adapt, improvise and overcome.
For those prepared to take the helm it is unlikely to be plain sailing ahead. The winds will pick up… of that you may be certain.
Once sight of the shore is lost you need to be sure of why you are there. How will you deal with stormy seas, unforgiving and prone to change? Is your direction sound? How can you be sure? What does your compass say?
There may be fear and uncertainty. Others will look to you.
What will you do?
Kind Regards, Steve
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