Well here I am again, checking in. I’ve completed my first week of training, and without talking directly about what I’m doing, I can say I’ve learned a little more about myself.
This last year of being mostly away from people has not left me as bereft of interacting abilities as I had feared. I’ve already made a few new friends, and our teacher is someone I formerly worked with, so I’m well pleased. I still find myself becoming nervous in certain situations, but I feel I’m handling them well.
My social phobia seems to have taken a back seat to this new-found ability to interact almost casually with others. I even find myself becoming more extroverted, and it is an interesting change. What might life be like had I been more outgoing with others? I’ve even had plans made to meet with my new companions outside of work, though they fell through at the last-minute. We will more than likely being rescheduling for next week sometime, and I’m actually looking forward to it.
As for the class material itself, it is of course a little dry. Though the teacher does well enough to engage, and brings humor to each section of the material. It is at what I consider to be a slow pace, but it is not designed just for me, it’s for everyone there. I think if I were given one on one time with a person well versed in the material I could easily grasp the basics in a day or two. After all I learned how to write cursive in a week when I was in third grade, just as an example. And at a previous job I learned a new program I believe in a single day, though it was only well enough to navigate and then teach myself the rest as I used it. That is my preferred method anyway. Give me a basic working knowledge of a system, and I will become an expert, and learn new ways to utilize a tool. People who had been using these said tools often came to me to show them how I utilized them, and I find that encouraging.
Interestingly, as this is a new operation I’ll be working for, they have hired several former, or currently serving, military men and women for leadership roles. I’ve not worked for a company before that had so many in place, and I find it slightly unusual. Not because they are there, but because of the apparent quantity. I’ve nothing against these people, that is not at all what I’m trying to illustrate, more that it seems there is something about them the company wanted or needed. Leadership roles are suitable for the appropriately trained military-minded individuals, and I look forward to seeing how each of them implement their new positions.
In the end though I’m most encouraged by the people I have met. Not only my classmates, but those who are in positions above all of us new hires. We are treated well, and even encouraged to jump into leadership positions ourselves. Apparently opportunities abound in this job, and I find myself taken with the idea of advancement. Something that has not occurred to be in the past. Before it was all about doing the best job I could at whatever position I was in, and if asked I would move on to new positions and placements. Now I feel I want to lead.
Depending on how Monday goes, I may even ask about advancing. I know it’s only been a week, but I know my own abilities, and the potentials I can bring out in others. There are several who are discouraged already, but they are fearful of failure. Failure happens to us all, it’s not something to hurt yourself over, it’s merely a tool for us to learn from. I want to help these people advance, and know they have value. This is my team, and I want to be there for them, as they have already been there for me.
This all being said, I’m still wishing to continue to write. However I believe I will take a brief hiatus until my schedule is more regular. Though I’m feeling the itch right now. Until then I hope you can gain some enjoyment from what I write here, or from what I’ve already published. I think I’m happy today.
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Update – No pancakes for breakfast this day, But another food beginning with “P” served cold, and it was wonderful.
“Though it may feel otherwise, enjoying life is no more dangerous than apprehending it with continuous anxiety and gloom.”
― Alain de Botton
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