Hard truths for the holiday.
The point here is simple: There is no longer an opportunity to try to continue to operate as you have over many years. You've got to learn new things, develop new skills, work as hard as you did when you started. This notion of getting a position then getting promotions at some fairly regular metric no longer holds. Those who think that way are going to have a rude awakening. While there is no exec or engineer that I've talked with who has spare time on her or his hands--everyone seems stretched to the max--it still comes down to the utter necessity of elevating one's capabilities. There really is no choice. But by learning new things, new ideas, new approaches, new capabilities, you're really getting better. Sure, it's hard. But few things that are worth achieving aren't. And it is a hell of a lot easier than being one of those for whom a job is something they once had.
Speaking of those people: I don't know anyone who is in this industry who doesn't know someone who has lost their job. As we enter into this holiday season, please think about those who are less fortunate and take the opportunity to donate food, gifts, money, or time to any of the multitudinous religious, civic, or NGO programs that are seeking assistance for the needy. Your generosity--be it large or small--can make a huge difference to some people.
By Gary S. Vasilash, Editor-In-Chief, email@example.com
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|Publication:||Automotive Design & Production|
|Date:||Dec 1, 2006|
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