Between last night and today I was attending a conference for our department at my current workplace.
Last night the department manager (and she will probably read this), asked me whether I was looking for an opportunity to work on ship. I answered honestly and said that I was, but also that it is still a process in the making, and that it will probably take a couple of months at least before I will be able to make such a move.
Then at today’s conference, there was a guest speaker, and there were two points which he made which really hit a nerve with me. I couldn’t wait to get home to write about this before I forgot most of it, but more than that: I wanted to shout it from the rooftops! Please allow me to explain:
The first point he made was that if you are in a job or position that you are not happy with, you are doing the company, your department, your customers, your managers, and especially yourself, a disservice. This brings me to the second point he made, which is a little more complex, and I was more surprised at my own thoughts than what he was actually saying.
He asked us a couple of questions, and although my recollection might not be 100% verbatim as he said it, you’ll get the just of the matter.
I’m going to list the questions he asked, and then what my thought patterns on each of the questions were afterwards.
Question 1: Do you believe in your company’s brand?
Question 2: Do you believe that what your company sells or the products your company offers to customers is worth more in value than what the customer is paying?
Question 3: Do you believe that you are achieving your full potential in your current role at your current company?
and then, as part of a different discussion but in the same presentation, he asked another couple of questions (for the sake of the flow of this post, I’ll just continue numbering the questions).
Question 4: Is your company contributing to your success?
Question 5: Is your manager contributing to your success?
Question 6: Are your colleagues contributing to your success?
Question 7: How big a part of your success are YOU responsible for?
Now for the answers.
The presenter highlighted that we should answer for our current position and company.
Answer 1: Yes, mostly.
Answer 2: Not always.
Answer 3: Although I am extremely passionate about what I do, the answer is no.
Answer 4, 5 and 6: To a small extent, which was what everyone in the room, including myself, agreed on.
Answer 7: A HUGE resounding “the biggest part of it, in excess of 90%”.
The problem was, and this was the part that surprised me, was that I was not only answering these questions for my current company, position, role or job, but I couldn’t help putting myself in the shoes of when I will be working for Disney Cruise Line, and what my answers would be then. The answers to questions 4, 5, 6 and 7 remained the same. These were my answers on question 1, 2 and 3:
Answer 1: YES! Without a doubt!
Answer 2: YES! Without a doubt!
Answer 3: I know that I will. All I need is for a decision maker to give me that foot in the door, that opportunity, to see just how serious and passionate I am to work for DCL and how much I can and will make a success of it!
That said, there are things I need to do, things I need to get in place, and things I need to sort out, to make this happen. Many of these things I have been putting off and procrastinating on. I am now, more than ever, motivated and determined to do what I need to do to get my life in order, to align everything, to make this dream of mine a reality.
One last thing: The presenter ended off by holding a piece of paper in the air with just two fingers, and told the entire audience to imagine that the piece of paper will tear in half, just by the collective power of our minds. Needless to say, it didn’t happen. He then took the piece of paper in both his hands, and ripped it in half. The point he made was that no dream will come true, unless you take action. He took the action of tearing the paper. I am taking the action to get my things in order, to make my dream of working for Disney Cruise Line, come true!