We all hear about the guy or gal just starting that is “eager to learn” and “eager to get started”. Most of the time, we see that as a positive, right? For the most part it definitely is a positive to have an eagerness to work and have success. There’s also a few negatives that you need to watch out for.
Eagerness can set you up for failure if you don’t control it and temper it. Eagerness can cause you to skip the step of being prepared for what needs to be done. Eagerness can put you in situations that you aren’t ready for or aren’t right for you. Eagerness can make you feel as though you aren’t accomplishing anything at all, because you aren’t as far ahead as you thought you’d be. Eagerness can actually blind you from real opportunities, because you are so focused on what was first presented to you.
Now that I got the negatives out of the way. What are the joys? The joys are a feeling of ambition and growth for your career with eagerness. The feeling of knowing something bigger is ahead of you, and wanting to tackle it head on and achieve something. The sense of never being complacent with what you have in front of you, and knowing that you can take on the next big opportunity because you’ve prepared for it. Eagerness gives you a spare tank of gas you didn’t know you had, because you have to get something done and no one is going to stop you.
The key to seeing the joys of eagerness over being defeated by it, is awareness and preparation. If you are aware of what is ahead of you and prepared to take it on, you’ll succeed. If you are blinded by ambition and just want to get things done to get things done, your eagerness is wasted and not very useful.
Be eager my friends!