In today’s ever changing landscape in the business world I see many aspects of other’s jobs and professions that I am grateful I will never have to consider as part of my own professional landscape.
I am grateful that I will never have to forsake a friend, or downplay their importance to me, simply because they don’t fit the necessary criteria that will further my own success and popularity.
I am grateful that I do not have to align myself with people that I do not like or respect, simply because they were once popular, in order to increase my own worth in my chosen field. I would prefer to make my own way and to know people enjoy me for me and not for who I might know.
I am grateful that I will never have to copy a competitor’s hard work just to make money, or to pretend I am superior to them. People that continue to copy other’s originality and ideas are some of the most despicable people I know.
I am grateful that I will never have to disparage a colleague, past or present, because I feel insecure and uncertain about my own future. I don’t have to like them, but it goes against the grain of professional conduct to cost someone a position if they are truly more qualified than I am.
I am also grateful that I am not inclined to attack someone’s spouse or their family in order to discredit my colleagues and attempt to bring shame to their reputations. I have not only witnessed this unkind and unscrupulous behavior, I have been subjected to it, though not by any of my own colleagues.
I am grateful that I do not have to create a persona that I have to adhere to in order to make other colleagues like me and want to associate with me. I can simply be myself. (what a relief that is)
I am grateful that as I age, my professional capacity will age with me and I won’t have to act younger or covet a younger person’s success in my own field. I am more open to mentor and guide a younger person so that when I leave my profession, I know there is someone coming up behind me that will have the same work ethics as myself and many others that I work with now.
I am grateful that I have been able to keep an open mind and to be accepting of all walks of life within my own profession, no matter their age, physical abilities or appearances, race or religion.
I am also grateful that my professional capacity carries the weight of maintaining a security clearance, so matters like theft, lying, invading someone’s privacy, disclosing confidential information and having the reputation of unbecoming behavior are extremely low to nonexistent among my own colleagues, as well as with myself.
But most of all, I am grateful to have someone in my life that lives and works under these same impressions, and yet there is absolutely nothing that mandates they have to.
You see, it doesn’t really matter what you do for a living. It’s how you live while you’re doing it that matters most. That is what people see and in the long run, that is what people will remember about you. It will not matter what kind of legacy you think you’re building, if it rests atop a crumbling mountain of deceit and dishonor. Build your own world and avoid building it at the expense of those around you.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I aspire to inspire before I expire.