You didn’t just land on the earth yesterday. You weren’t dropped into your office chair, wearing that nice suit. You got to where you are today by doing a little something people call “living.” If we didn’t have all of the experiences that got us to where we are today, we wouldn’t be facing the success that we are. Our experiences in life are who we are, so wouldn’t it make sense to take a look back and see which experiences gave us or strengthened some of our skills? This is beneficial for a few reasons.
Great for anecdotal references in interviews. How many of us have been asked to “Provide an example of when…”? when you think back on the experiences that have given you the skills you have today, you’ll have those types of stories at the ready for potential interviewers.
Good stories to share with management. Stories that show character or a developing skill are great to share with a boss. They see you in a whole different light and stories and situations are much easier to stomach than a list of your qualifications. Most places like their managers to have the ability to experience a wide range of situations and yet still come out on top.
Reminders that strength can come from unexpected places. We’ve all had that situation that we never thought we would be able to get out of, yet somehow, we managed to gather ourselves and pull ourselves out of the mess and thrive. It’s good to remember your success stories, especially when you’re feeling a little down on your luck. It gives you perspective.
Helps us remember that even bad experiences can have good results. Again, sometimes, the most adverse conditions are when people’s true strengths shine. I’m not saying we should be in crisis mode all the time, but when you think you simply can’t do it, remind yourself of a time when things were much worse, yet you overcame.