When is the last time you read a book about your craft? An article? How about a Pinterest infographic? Are you educating yourself on best practices? Going to conferences? Do you step into the room early to introduce yourself to presenters? Are you networking with others in your field? No one gets better by osmosis. We have to put in the effort. We have to seek out opportunities that will benefit both ourselves and the institutions we serve.
I’m in Denver at this CASE Senior Annual Giving Professionals Institute considering ways it can put me on a track to where I’d like to be professionally in ten years, assuming I stay in the field of development. I’m making connections with folks who may be interviewing me one day or who I may be interviewing (or, ideally, who I will be consulting for). I’m asking folks what books they’re reading and what newsletters they’re subscribed to. What I am not doing is sitting on my hind parts doing nothing.
A good number of my readers have been at home for the past two work days. In that time, what have you done to get closer to where you want to be, either professionally, financially, spiritually, or physically? The time is there. More often than not, we’re just not using it properly. I know I wasn’t for a long time. Now, I know there isn’t a second to waste.
Make professional development a priority.