Bridging The Gap: With more comes more- Known and Unknown (?)
Earn more money; pay more taxes. Receive a promotion; experience more people and process opportunities/challenges/problems.
These are two of many examples that share the principle- More brings More.
Here is the bottom line: when you achieve more, there will be more that comes with it- known and unknown (?). Meaning, you will learn upfront about some of the known/new activities that you will have time to digest, internalize, and embrace. But there will be some unknown (appealing or unappealing) things that could not be explained upfront. They just show up without notice and require your undivided attention. Your initial decision may be to avoid them, but then you recognize you cannot go that way, as they are needed to complete the assignment.
Though finding out about the unknown can be frustrating, it can however help you to be more productive as you quickly embrace it. Especially if it becomes a new responsibility.
It may reveal a virtue you need to learn at the present that will position you for the future. On top of this, there may be other lessons you will learn that will help you as a person and a professional. I know…it sounds crazy but being open to it will allow you to embrace or dismiss it quickly.
Here comes more.
I remember being promoted to manage a 2nd Shift Production operation in my plant. My assignment was to receive the production baton from the 1st Shift’s team to complete and start orders on time at night.
It started with one production team and evolved over time to a fully staffed operation that matched the 1st Shift’s manpower. We were growing as our teams were maturing in producing a quality textile product. Our production rhythm and cadence were healthy.
I was satisfied with the status quo, but here came more.
I remembered a conversation with my boss at the start of my shift. He told me my operation was expanding to receive material at night. I reluctantly said OK even though I knew nothing about managing a light Receiving Department.
In my mind, production was enough, but the business needs demanded this receiving operation to occur. So again, I reluctantly opened my thinking to learn the Receiving Way of Work, hired personnel to fulfill the roles at night, and started the receiving and distributing business.
To make a long story short. My reluctance did not dominate and cancel my creativity and determination. We built a healthy Receiving team at night. Material was properly received and distributed to fulfill the plants demands.
Today, because I embraced and opened myself to the “unknown more-?” then, my toolbelt now covers a myriad of diverse operational experiences and skills. Mostly coming through me seeing the possibilities in the “unknown more-?” versus seeing it as a burden.
I leave these thoughts with you. Make space for the “unknown more-?”. There may be wealth and value that you will discover as you delve into it. Remind yourself that your same maturity and value to handle the “known more” will be the same maturity and value to handle the “unknown more-?”. You were made to win as you adjust when and where necessary.
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