I was able to grow where I was planted!
I discovered early on that learning does not end with a college degree. High learning agility is a critical success factor. I attempted to quickly learn as much as I could in all the roles in which I worked. I sought out mentors who were willing work with me and who would get to know and understand me. I built strong relationships and networks that were rich and fertile. At least 20 percent of learning should come from mentors (those who enable strategic objectives) and coaches (those who help with specific skills or tasks).
Experience should be the best teacher. Seventy percent of learning should come from experience. Employers may not be able to offer experiences or pay to develop skills for future success. I did not expect my employer to help me change career tracks. My career was mine alone, so I stepped outside the organization to gain initial knowledge and skills.
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