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Re: Thank you all for the advice Dinah

Posted by TamaraJ on June 8, 2005, at 13:31:20

In reply to Re: Thank you all for the advice TamaraJ, posted by Dinah on June 7, 2005, at 19:38:48

Thanks, Dinah, for sharing your experience with me. I really appreciate it.

It's funny, really, because I have never seen myself as anything but average. So, I agree with you that being average isn't the worst thing in the world. It is a comfortable place to be, with room for growth. I have enjoyed being the go-to person, moreso because I like to be busy, challenged and constantly learning. And, I have been somewhat flattered being seen as a high-performer, but it has always made me quite uncomfortable (mostly because I can't help thinking that I will no doubt disappoint people or let them down, or that they will eventually see that I am not as good as they thought I was).

That's good that you are learning that there is more to you than your performance. I am happy for you, and I think I could learn from your example. I am trying, I really am. Perhaps not being the prodigy you used to be is helping you discover other gifts and talents you have within you, of which I am sure there are many, that are as important, maybe even more important, than just your work performance. Taking a college class or two sounds like a wonderful idea, even if the classes are not geared towards improving your work performance. Perhaps by taking one or two courses, you will discover other hidden talents which will help you grow not just professionally but also personally. I took a photography course once, and, although it was not related to my work, I think it helped me become even more observant. So, I think it is nice to "rediscover" ourselves every once in a while by taking a course or two, especially if the courses are somewhat outside of our comfort zone or areas of expertise.

Take care, Dinah. I wish you nothing but the best of what life has to offer.

Tamara


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