By Guest Author Carol Morgan
Over the past 25 years of my professional life, I have learned one crucial truth: never stop growing.
Continued growth gives you a competitive advantage no matter what your industry; openness to new ideas, critical thinking and an inspiration about your purpose come from continually seeking growth opportunities. The desire to grow is an important character trait that I look for in my team members.
It may sound surprising but there is no distinction in the value between personal and professional growth in my opinion. Commitment to growth is a great thing; whether you are looking to learn a new hobby or a new work skill, you will develop and strengthen as a person as a result of your efforts. I'm always impressed by people who have the desire to try new things, take classes, read, travel and push themselves to learn and discover. Those are the most interesting people and they are also the type of people that business owners are looking to hire.
Here are just a few ways that you can grow both personally and professionally:
I hope these tips have shown that you can dedicate this year to personal and professional growth. Best of luck in your endeavors!
Carol Morgan, managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, focuses on marketing strategy and integrating public relations, social media, content and creative to tell engaging stories for clients that garner measurable traffic. Carol is the author of 'Social Media 3.0'? and creator of the nationally-ranked and award-winning www.AtlantaRealEstateForum.com, Atlanta's most popular real estate blog. She is the 2014 Chair of NAHB's Professional Women in Building and a member of NAHB's Public Affairs committee. A graduate of Oglethorpe University, she is the recipient of the 2008 Spirit of Oglethorpe Award, PRSA Georgia Chapter's prestigious George Goodwin Award, the 2009 Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association's Associate of the Year and 2012 Council Chair of the Year. Carol holds the MIRM (Masters in Residential Marketing), CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) and CSP (Certified Sales Professional) designations from NAHB.