We let ourselves off the hook by blaming people and organizations for not having prepared ourselves well enough. For example, here are two examples you’ve probably seen play out.
Employees blame companies for not doing enough to enable growth into future roles.
Students blame universities for not preparing them well for the needs for the market.
It is important employees push their companies to get better. And, it is critical students continue to work with their schools to do a better job preparing them.
But, blaming them is a really poor use of time.
Instead, we’re better off deconstructing the skills we need for whatever we want to do next and then working toward them. Now more than ever, we have a previously unimaginable range of learning options available to all of us. We all have access to an incredible set of tools to work on real projects that can make an impact. Finally, we can choose to easily connect with people with similar aspirations all over the world to learn and ship.
We have everything in place for us to own our own path.
Waiting for someone to prepare us is a poor excuse. It is just us letting ourselves off the hook a touch too easily.
We can do better.