One of the things that is hardest about my new line of work as an agency driver is that I am constantly working with a wide range of businesses in a variety of different sectors, many of them for the first time. This means that I am forever having to establish new relationships and trust, learn new processes, grasp “how things are done around here” quickly, and not feel like a chump in the process. This can be very stressful.
But I am also learning so much, not just about the world of logistics and driving, but also about myself. How I relate to people, how I come across to them, how I feel about feeling stupid, how I deal with unpredictability and lack of control.
Paradoxically one of the main things I am learning is that I find all of this much more interesting, and frankly fun, than getting stuck in the same place, with the same office politics, doing the same thing, day after day.
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I love your comment about “how I feel about feeling stupid”. Taking time to reflect on what makes us tick and why I feel is really valuable: being willing to examine why we feel certain ways about certain things gives us deeper insight into who we are and the opportunity to learn or change our behaviour. I’ve realised that I run a story about “I should know better” when I don’t do what I know I know; I don’t feel stupid I feel disappointed and it’s leading me to be more aware of my choices and actions. We all have our chump moments:)
It’s interesting where those admonishing voices come from and why we pay so much attention to them!
I really admire your intrepid attitude and willingness to take risks. It does keep life feeling fresh, doesn’t it?
I reckon 🙂
Yes of course it’s more interesting to tackle new challenges all the time. And I’m sure you are helping orgs bring something of that to how they work.
But let’s note that the vast majority of folk do work within orgs and find their daily challenges invigorating.
I was talking personally rather than making generalisations about the workforce.
It’s one of the things I like most about being a freelance training consultant – the constant learning and un-learning of “the way we do things around here” in the various businesses and industries I get the opportunity to work in. One day I’m working with lawyers, the next day engineers, the next scientists…
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