As I head into the end of each calendar year, I tend to spend some extra time in reflection. I recently found a list of ten things we should do to find our own true north. The list was in an old file, and I labeled it as coming from a presentation I attended by Dr. Terry Crane. However, I could not find Dr. Crane on the Internet, so I cannot provide further credentials. If anyone has links to Dr. Crane’s information, please send them to me in the comments below.
Here’s the list (it’s a good one):
1. Get an education.
2. Be an expert . . . in something.
3. Don’t take no for an answer.
4. Cultivate mentors—male and female—and never burn a bridge.
5. Build & keep your network; don’t lose a headhunter.
6. Be able to apply technology and understand how it impacts your business.
7. Become a mentor yourself—do not leave others behind.
8. Identify your support system—family and friends—know what’s important to you, and what your tolerance and flexibility are.
9. Take risks—do what’s uncomfortable, you can always go back.
10. Develop a passion for the work you do—it’s too much a part of your life not to.
Based on this list, how are you doing in finding your true north?