Learning New Skills

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Yes-you can teach an old dog new tricks!

P.S. I am not old or a dog for that matter but you know what I mean...

It's been a year of discovery-not only have I learned and improved upon my technical skills (which will help develop my graphic design business) but I have also learned a few things about myself along the way. 

I have always had a competitive side-was an all-around athlete through out high school and college, and in the early years of my career-always raised my hand for the tough assignments or took on the extra work load in the hopes I would be recognized for my outstanding effort. 

Over time, I lost that desire.  I stopped trying to be better/best and was satisfied doing what was required but rarely anything more.  It was a gradual shift, taking shape over many years.  There was a definite change in my thinking/attitude.  I suspect that I felt my effort outweighed the return-in other words, people (a.k.a The Boss) didn't notice and at the time, I was looking for some validation. It was important to me, so much so that without it, I stopped caring. 

So what is the point...with returning to school, putting myself "out there" in a completely new field, I've discovered I do not need others to validate my efforts.  It is enough that I know I am doing my best.  I can enjoy learning new skills and challenge myself with every new assignment.  I am feeling that same competitive spirit that had been long lost.  I am "leaning in" to my second career and enjoying every minute of it