Kids, they (re)teach us the darndest lessons!
While chopping up the ingredients for last night’s mean, beef fajitas by the way, my 8 year old daughter was watching intently.
As I finished the green spring onion and Thai red chilies, I took the little bowl I was going to temporarily store them in and placed it just under the lip of the bench, using the back of the knife to sweep them into the bowl. No mess, no fuss.
“That’s really clever dad”, admired my daughter.
My point is, what was seemingly a mundane and obvious task to me was brand new to her. While she takes an avid interest in cooking, it’s not often she is finely chopping up food. So to her, the norm would be to simply pick up the ingredients and place them in the bowl, and take as long as needed to do so.
This is true of your professional life as well. We all have hard won experience and insights, those lessons that can only be learned by doing.
I find it is important to remember never to underestimate your experience and worth, and realise you always have something to offer.
Someone out there doesn’t know what you know and is the poorer for it.
Now of course, this doesn’t mean go around shouting from the rooftops about how great you are. Humility is still a virtue. But be open about sharing. Do it honestly, earnestly, and with passion. The right people will see it, learn from it, and appreciate it.
Mum was right (again!) it is good to share.