The wonderful thing about SHRM’s Annual Conference is that there is “something” for everyone. The networking opportunities are endless; the speakers’ topics have a wide reach; and the Tuesday night concert always brings energy.
This year, my “something” came from a concurrent speaker on Tuesday morning by the name of Jeff Goins. Jeff’s session was titled “The Art of Work: Discovering What You Were Meant To Do.” Now, I didn’t attend this session because I am unsure that I am meant to be in HR. I chose Jeff’s session because I want to help others find where they are meant to be.
Jeff’s session invited us to reconnect with our “why.” Oftentimes, we forget that there is a reason that we chose to be in HR. We should revisit that regularly so as to not forget what we meant to bring to the profession. Sometimes our “why” changes, and we need to start from scratch. Jeff equipped us with three questions that are meant to help us do that: What do I love? What am I good at? And, what do people want? Jeff explained that it isn’t enough to ask only one of these questions because doing what you love or what you’re good at isn’t enough if it’s not benefiting others.
While Jeff’s session was riddled with powerful insights, my favorite was this: “We all have the responsibility to share our gifts with the world.” How true is that? What is the purpose of having a gift, if you aren’t comfortable with sharing it? Jeff went on to say that the world does not tolerate our gifts, the world needs our gifts.
The biggest reason that we choose not to share our gifts with the world is because we are terrified of failure. Jeff asked us to rethink what it means to fail. When we fail, we should work to learn from that experience. Instead of being afraid to fail, we should be afraid of never trying because you can’t learn and you can’t succeed without trying.
Jeff’s session rejuvenated my belief in my gifts and will help me share those gifts with the world. It also prepared me to urge others to understand their gifts.