I got a promotion today. It was not given to me, it was hard-earned. Two interviews and two time-crunched projects later, and I am at the start of a new position in operations management.
If I am being honest, I am excited and slightly terrified.
I have spent today thinking about my career and how I got to where I sit currently.
There were so many twists and turns when I look back. Sometimes I was bored, stressed, or just feeling lost. Persevering through the muck is not always pleasant.
When you are a planner and a plotter, you try to map out your goals and the steps you will take to get there. For me, this new change was kind of unplanned. I moved to where there was a need to support and lead others in a different way than I have been used to in the past.
I am only here today because some very special people have decided to lift others up, and I was lucky enough to be one of those “others”. Some of those people have moved on, some moved on just today (crocodile tears were spilled), and some are still close daily. But they have all impacted me greatly. LIke raising kids, it really takes a village to pathway in a career. No person’s success is truly their own, many hold a place in that path.
I am always most inspired by those who are not intimidated by others’ success, but who instead seek to develop and grow others. You know these people when you see them, because they are leaders even when they have no authority. They are the sunshine in times of gloom, and they bring the light.
These people explain the “why” behind things, and they promote positivity even in the darkest of times. Sometimes you didn’t even know that you needed them. Surely you did, and you see that later when you have a chance to reflect.
Tonight there is not much time for celebration. The kids need baths and the house is a mess and I am beyond exhausted. However, there is a sense of grateful awe in my heart tonight as I think about the ones who got me here today. I feel a pressing obligation to carry the torch and do for others what has been done so unselfishly for me. I want to give back as I learn and grow further.
A job is just a job, it will come and go long after you are gone. I believe there is so much more to life than just working to earn a paycheck. If you get to enjoy what you do, you benefit from a luxury that not many get to experience. Things can change for anyone in the blink of an eye, because life likes to mess with the planners. Knowing this fuels me even more.
I may not always get it right, and it will take some time to get comfortable in my new role.
I am proud of my hard work and of my journey to earning this promotion. I am also immensely appreciative for the blue monopoly pieces that crossed my path and pushed me towards success.
For those that have come before me, and for those that I hope to support and lift up in the future, I vow to do my best to help shape undetermined paths. If we do not lift others in the process of our own success, we fail not just them, but ourselves as well.
Cheers to new beginnings, transformations, and the lifting of each other.
“We rise by lifting others.” – Robert Ingersoll