Thursday, March 03, 2011

Final Drucker quote

“...individuals will increasingly have to take responsibility for their own continual learning and relearning., for their own self-development and for their own careers. They can no longer assume that what they have learned as children and youngsters will be the 'foundation' for the rest of their lives. It will be the 'launching pad'—the place to take off from rather than the place to build on and to rest on. They can no longer assume that they 'enter upon a career' that then proceeds along a predetermined, well-mapped, and well-lighted 'career path; to a known destination—what the American military calls 'progressing in grade.' The assumption from now on has to be that individuals on their own will have to find, determine, and develop a number of 'careers' during their working lives.”— The Essential Drucker, pages 325-326

<idle musing>
Scary thought, isn't it? But, stop and think about it. I'm on my fourth career now—bookseller. Granted this one builds on the previous ones, but it is a new and distinct one from the previous one of IT director. And that was different from the previous one of Operations/Warehouse manager, which was distinct from the previous one of professional student/teaching assistant. And that one had multiple jobs within it—ranging from UPS preloader to grocery stocker to handyman to working for a moving company to restaurant cook/dishwasher to...well, you get the idea.

As I say frequently, I wouldn't have chosen the path that God has had me walk—but I wouldn't change it for the world! God knows what he is doing; all I need to do is listen and obey. And, by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, I will be able to do that. One thing I do know for sure: the future will be even more exciting than the present! I used to tell Ryan, our son, that life is like a backwards roller coaster; you don't know where you are going and what turns there will be along the way, but you do know you won't fall off. So, its best to just relax and enjoy the ride! Happy riding!
</idle musing>

No comments: