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The End of an Era

Today I write about something not so philosophical or perhaps profound as I have done in the past.  I write about the end of an era, the closing of a chapter in my life and, indeed, the beginning of a new one.  After twelve years I have resigned from my current place of employment.   The past twelve years have been a tremendous journey of opportunity and growth.

So why would I make this change now after such a long period of time, time that has been happy and joyful?  Sometimes in life opportunity comes knocking at your door totally unexpectedly.  Out the blue a potential new chapter in life presents itself.

Let’s take a step back here for a moment and look at some of the history behind this.  I’ve been working with email and email systems since 1994.  Essentially from the birth of email as a communication and collaboration tool in businesses.  I’m passionate about email systems, fascinated by how they work.  This passion of mine led to extensive participation in community forums – answering questions, assisting with resolving issues experienced by folk all over the globe.  I’ve written technical articles, published [amateur] training videos all in my quest to share knowledge.  Some call this my hobby, I call it my passion.

My contributions in this area appear to have been noticed.  Suddenly I get a phone call from a global company asking me to come work for them doing just this, supporting and assisting email administrators globally.  My hobby, my passion, has now turned into a new job!  I will be in a position to continue sharing knowledge whilst remaining a lifelong learner.

I’ve spent some time reading my own previous posts and realise, yet again, just how much they apply to my life – how I have prepared for this day, how I’ve prepared for new opportunities, how I can approach this massive change by starting with that first single step.

So where to from here?  We are relocating to Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in a few short weeks.  A new country, a new job, new opportunities to learn and grow.  I am excited and nervous simultaneously.  This is a huge step, a massive change.  But I remind myself of taking that first step and how I plan my journey in small stages.  So here I am walking along an untrodden path and climbing a new mountain one step at a time.

 

The end of an era

Yours in lifelong learning,

Laura

 

Passion – Turning Challenges into Success

I am passionate about sharing knowledge.  I love investing in the training and development of people from all walks of life.  To see another person grow whether personally or professionally is incredibly rewarding for me.

I am blessed to work for a company that recognised this in me.  They tailor-made a position for me within their structures to afford me the opportunity to follow my passion.  As the old saying goes:  “Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work another day in your life.”  I don’t have a job, I have a calling.

The challenge I face is often this role requires me to present training programmes to a wide audience and that involves public speaking.  How many of us are comfortable with public speaking, standing in front of an audience and doing a presentation?  I find it downright nerve wracking.  Performance anxiety and I are old friends.

As a youngster I attended speech therapy lessons for a few years.  I had a speech impediment to overcome.  Something I never quite mastered.  When saying the word “Rubbish” it still sounds like “Wubbish”.  The “K” sound sometimes comes out as “Kkkk…”

Added to that reading aloud is somewhat of a challenge too.  Words and letters move around and run into one another on the page.  The result – I can’t read my presentation or my notes to my audience.

So why on earth am I in a vocation that involves public speaking?  The odds seem stacked against me.  Short answer – I’m passionate about sharing knowledge.

How can one share knowledge without speaking about it?

I was determined not to let the challenges facing me stand in the way of me fulfilling my passion. I learnt to compensate and turn these challenges into my favour.  Nothing worse than sitting through a presentation where the presenter reads the slides to you.  Since I cannot do this I find my audience less bored and glassy-eyed as I actively engage with them.  To compensate for challenges in speech I slow down just a little and pronounce my words a little more carefully.  I find myself better understood.  Am I saying that I am an outstanding presenter?  Far from it.  I am, however, saying that I am fulfilling my passion.  I believe I am successfully sharing knowledge.

Every one of us face challenges in our lives.  No one is excluded from this on our journey through life.  It is what we do with the challenges we face.  We can use them as excuses for not conquering what life throws at us, or we can use them as opportunities to grow. I choose growth.

Passion is what I have.  Challenges are what I seek.  Success is what I deliver.

 

passion challenges success

 

Yours in lifelong learning,

Laura