None of us hit the ground in our careers fully baked. In fact, I believe that few people are ever even done at all. It takes time to fine tune the skills and instincts that allow us to make an impact, and if one is not open to growing, they stall out.
I meet a lot of professionals who try to put on the facade that they have figured it all out and are somehow superior to those around them. An early "homerun" in their career (because of talent or luck) can cause a person to believe their own press and thus never allowing themselves to grow to even higher levels.
When ordering the chocolate souffle at a fancy restaurant, you must plan ahead, make your order in advance and relish the time it takes to prepare. Success is not the pre-packaged cheesecake where you can pour on some fruit puree to hide the flaws. Real success has bumps, cracks and a gooey center.
I am on a journey toward higher levels of my career. It took me until I was over forty-years-old to have the confidence, experience and understanding necessary to take my own path. I am very fortunate as I am now living my dream, but I am far from completion in figuring out this recipe of life. This does not bother me, as I know that with each ingredient I advance in how I can help others through my work.
I am losing patience with people who put on fronts that pretend they are so damn smart. It is in our vulnerabilities that we expose our brilliance. The people who are overly proud of themselves and caught up in their own importance are less attractive than their inflated egos lead them to believe.
Those who view the crowd around them as adoring fans are the fools. Other people do not exist to be scaffolding, but instead to be our co-workers in building greatness. All opportunities come from people, thus we need as mutually beneficial peers if we really want to reach the highest heights. Climbing up and over others can get you to the top, but leave you alone on a hill instead of together on a mountain.
Sharing with others that you are a work in progress will lend them to be more open to being of assistance to you as you grow your own path. Do not just look to those higher than you, although most will give you a hand up, but look side to side and find the ones with whom you can co-create, as that is how deep relationships are forged.
Have A Great Day.