If you’re not constantly improving on the work you do, the people you know and the brand you’ve created for yourself, then your market value goes down.
I read this somewhere a long while back and saved it because it really resonated with me. I happened across it again today in some notes I’ve kept and it connected with me once again. I wish I could remember where I saw it – then I could give credit where credit is due.
Regardless, it’s a relevant message with respect to career self-management.
I bought a new car recently, and with the new car I got a suggested maintenance schedule which for the most part I expect I’ll follow. I want to be sure to look after my investment. Makes sense, right?
Just yesterday I had a conversation with a client about something similar as it relates to career. While your career doesn’t come with a maintenance schedule, I think it should. Not a schedule someone sets for you – like an annual or bi-annual performance review. A schedule you set for yourself where you check in on what’s working and tune things up that aren’t at the optimum. Every six months as a minimum is a good time frame to consider. More often is even better.