One of my previous posts was about students and self development. Likewise, self development is really important for employees too. However, unfortunately many employees rarely think about developing themselves.
If you ask employees about what they do in order to develop themselves, it is rare that you find an employee who takes care of this. Starting from January-2011, I have started a continuous and ongoing project for my own self development in both software testing and training field. The start of this project was to surround my self with those supportive people who are striving to improve. Soon after I started, I began to collect the fruits of such thing. That was the time when I started to share with my colleagues at work. Unfortunately, I did not find many ones who are interested to improve themselves. The best those people can do is to wait for company to send them for trainings.
Knowledge is power and nowadays I am being more and more confident to negotiate any work related issues. I am no longer waiting for the company to develop me or waiting to live someone else dreams. I do set my own goals and proceed to achieve them keeping in mind that the sky is my limit. It is like what is in Pursuit of Happyness movie when Christopher Gardner (Will Smith) said to Christopher: “Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right?” Then he said: “You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.”
Those wonderful people around me have led me to a bigger network of life coaches and trainers in addition to software testers. I had also to update my facebook and LinkedIn profiles to show who I am. The journey still continues and it is my passion.