As a child, I remember medicine having weird colors and tasting awful. We were urged to, “Take your medicine,” as a way of getting better, even though it tasted really bad.
Today, like the culture at large, we have progressed to such a degree that medicine usually tastes good. The meaning of the phrase is different now but its history is important.
Take your medicine historically means, “You have to do what you need to do to get better.”
I can’t think of a more obvious professional example of that than networking.
Like children, we have the idea that it tastes bad.
We don’t like to do it.
We don’t want to do it.
We have to do it.
We make the mistake of waiting until we need to do it as part of the job search but, like good health, if we take preventative measures, we don’t get sick, do we?
We stay healthy professionally because opportunities come to us instead of us always having to chase them.
Chasing opportunities is the worst thing that you can do because companies have all the power under those conditions.
We foolishly keep acting like children instead of acting like the professionals we profess to be.
Professionals do things proactively and consciously to be prepared.
Amateurs rely upon luck much too often.
It’s great when you’re lucky but, most of the time, they wind up competing with other strong players instead of cutting the line and getting to the front.
It doesn’t take a lot of time to be a professional in this way. Small actions over a protracted period add up.
It’s okay if you want to keep acting like a baby. Just don’t expect to have the career that you want to have until you cross over and become a pro.
Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020
ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1900 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.
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