I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. — Ecclesiastes 9: 11
Today, I completed my first 10+ mile run. It was exhausting but the feeling was amazing. Being that I grew up playing sports that required explosive running (football and basketball), distance was never my thing. But as I’ve gotten older, I realize that, while I play basketball from time to time, I don’t compete for accolades like I used to. Now I run so that I can live a long, healthy life.
What does this have to do with professional development? Well many young professionals have either had jobs we hated, been unemployed, or both. But no one ever got ahead in life by quitting. Sure, someone else may seem to have a headstart on you but you have momentum behind you. You are running this race because you were behind and are driven to catch up and exceed wherever you think you should be at a given point in your life. You may not get there as fast as you’d like to but you will get there if you endure. You’re the only one who can give up on your goals and dreams.