Most of you are probably familiar with the story of the tortoise and the hare and how in the end the hare lost their race through pride.
Today I want to share what this ‘race’ or competition has meant for my career and explore how these types of ‘tussles’ might impact on yours. Have come to realise that this metaphor beautifully illustrates the two ways in which I have approached some of my major career and quite possibly life choices. There have been times when I have been very strongly led by my ‘hare’ and at others very much by my ‘tortoise’.
Which has resulted in some seemingly random, seemingly unrelated possibly illogical choices. My ‘story’ is in some ways a bit random and perhaps a bit haphazard, but it’s the only one I have. So I certainly need to make the best of it and I certainly need to make sense of it first, before I can expect others to do the same.
The important thing is to understand your own story, so you can clearly and concisely explain it to someone else.
So before I go much further, I’d better introduce these two characters:
My ‘Hare’ :- As you can probably imagine, enthusiastically leaps from new project, to new project. Not always taking the time to fully reflect on the learning or to fully consider the consequences of each move. Or indeed to recognise repeating patterns of behaviour.
It seems to me that in today’s world of 24 hour access to media social or otherwise, we might find it easier to get caught up with each ‘new shiny thing’ I also wonder whether we also develop FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), making us more anxious as we assume everyone else is switched on and tuned in with the exception of ourselves.
My ‘Hare’ is also a bit of a collector, gathering ideas from lots of different places, but not always checking facts deeply enough. In this age of Google, it is so easy to gather information, which is not necessarily accurate, truthful, or fully evidenced.
My ‘Hare’ is also full of ideas, wanting lots of action, energy and fresh perspectives.
On the other hand…………….
My tortoise, is generally more focused and deliberate.
My tortoise wants to keep me safe, comfortable and secure. Not always a bad thing. It’s likely that it’s kept me out of trouble as much as it’s prevented me from ‘grabbing’ some really great opportunities.
In writing this I recognise that I am more naturally predisposed to my ‘Hare’ and so need to consciously balance ‘it’ with my tortoise when faced with a decision, career or otherwise. I sometimes have to deliberately ‘slow myself down’, whereas someone else might need to ‘speed themselves up’.
The trick is to recognise which one you are more naturally predisposed to and keep it in balance.
Balancing the two sides allows you to utilise the strengths from each so that whatever decision or choice you make, it is both considered and timely.
Please feel free to share or comment.
Until next time
Blue Sky Career Consulting