This summer I started my first-ever small container garden from seeds. Every morning I’d wake up and check out the pots, noticing the very first seedlings popping up through the dirt. I carefully fertilized each month with compost tea. I was super excited when a seedling turned into a real plant and then at finally at being able to harvest my first herbs and lettuces. It seemed like a painfully long time between planting those first seeds and having some sort of measurable demonstration of plant life. Like I am in most of my life, I was a bit impatient but also very excited at each new sign of success.
Cultivating a garden, even a small container garden, is not so unlike developing our careers. The early process can be painfully slow and full of anticipation. And then we watch in wonder as our pots overflow. All of a sudden, success seems to find us instead of us seeking it out.
Professional growth doesn’t happen all at once and it doesn’t always happen at the pace we want it to happen. In our Business Analyst Career Roadmap, we provide many paths to success and some of them take quite awhile to achieve. (Of course, that doesn’t mean you put your salary on hold while you are achieving your BA career goals. There are many ways to balance the two together, something we talk about in our free BA career planning course.)
Building and advancing a career takes active cultivation. Seeds you sow today could reap rewards for you next month or several years down the road. And some seeds, no matter how much you watch them with anticipation, simply take a long time to grow into fully producing plants that yield the results you’ve been hoping for.
If you are waiting anxiously for the seeds you are sowing to yield the results you’ve been hoping for, first be sure you are doing all the right things (and not just the easy things) to make your dreams a reality.
Then, consider what you can do in the short-term to make forward progress while you wait for your longer-term goals to manifest themselves. (And again, our career planning course will help you with that.)
And don’t forget to keep planting new seeds. You never know exactly which seed or combination of seeds will make your goals a reality.
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