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Most people, especially highly gifted people, do not really know where they belong until they are well past their mid-twenties.” –ย in Managing Oneself, by Peter F. Drucker

Were you as relieved as me, when you read the above quote by “the founder of modern management” Peter Drucker? Not only does he legitimize career uncertainty, he even acknowledges that it can be a sign of brightness. Oh, happy day!

It’s not exactly like I don’t know what I want to do in life. It’s just that I sometimes question whether I am in the right place to do “it”… Oh, and whether I want to keep doing “it” for the rest of my life… Although life is long, it is also very short! Especially with the decades of education we have to go through nowadays. Good thing modern medicine seems to be prolonging our lives with an equal amount of years, I guess.

This uncertainty is one of the many reasons that I am so grateful for the coaches in my life. As previously mentioned, my coaches help me confront and discuss questions about my career, motivations, values, etc., which are crucial aspects when defining my desired future.

At the moment, my coach and I are working on defining my strengths, to subsequently utilize them to achieve my goals. As Peter Drucker states: “a person can perform only from strength. One cannot build performance on weaknesses…

Inย his article “Managing Oneself”, he further raises some of the questions, I am discussing with my coach:

  • Am I a reader or a listener?
  • How do I learn?
  • Do I work well with people, or am I a loner?
  • How do I produce results, as a decision maker or as an advisor?
  • Do I perform well under stress, or do I need a structured and predictable environment?
  • Do I work best in a big organization or a small one?
  • What are my values?

Come on, now, have a go at the above questions yourself! And if you are interested in learning more about Managing Oneself, read Peter Drucker’s article ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Thrive and Progress on your Goals

If you repeated today every day for the next year, realistically, where would you end up? In order to achieve your dreams, what does a โ€œnormalโ€ day look like?ย What activities must happen daily for you to live exactly how you want to be living?

These are some of the important questions raised in the article “Tell Me What You Did Today, And I’ll Tell You Who You Are” on Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global platform.

The Man on top of the Mountain didn't fall there - Vince Lombardi

The article continues to argue that you should build your day around the following four things, in order for your brain to thrive and make enormous daily progress toward your most important goals:

  1. Nutrition:ย Eating right,
  2. Oxygen:ย Getting enough oxygen to the brain,
  3. Information:ย Obtaining quality information,ย ideally above your cognitive level,
  4. Love:ย Nurturing loving and deep relationships.

If you are curious to learn more as well as concrete examples on how to achieve the four essentials, read the full article on Thrive Global.

Mentoring vs Coaching

Zig Ziglar quote

The words โ€œcoachingโ€ and โ€œmentoringโ€ are often treated as if theyโ€™re interchangeable. However, theyโ€™re not. One of the biggest differences is that mentors are relationship oriented, representing a safe space to raise and discuss issues. Coaches, on the other hand, help tackle a specific issue, such as managing more effectively or thinking more strategically.

In the beginning of my career, I was constantly searching for a mentor. Someone who could teach me how to navigate the organizational environment. However, I have come to realize that while a mentor may provide valuable insights to a specific situation at work, they do not help me understand myself better.

Through coaching, on the other hand, I have been presented with valuable tools and confronted with thought-provoking questions, which have matured my mind and understanding of myself greatly. If I may say so myself, at least!

I plan to share some of these tools on this blog – So stay tuned!