In case you missed it, April 19th, 2011 was the day Skynet was supposed to become self-aware. I, along with several friends and colleagues, had a bit of fun with it. The Terminator franchise, like most pop culture artifacts, can be a great way to bond with people.
As I thought about it further, there is something compelling about the idea of self-awareness. In particular, there’s that special point in time where one has an ‘a-ha!’ moment, and you have a clearer understanding of who you are. Following closely upon that realization is that something needs to be done; the current state of being is no longer enough.
I’ve had several of those moments, career-wise:
- In 1996 I realized that I could no longer work in a toxic workplace. I took a pay cut in order to leave.
- In 1998 I realized that I was no longer satisfied with being in a non-leadership role. It took a few years but I was able to become a manager.
- In 2009 I realized that work wasn’t fulfilling enough and that I had more to share. That’s when I started engaging with the online Human Resource and business professional community.
- In 2010 I realized that, after 8 years with a great company, it was time to move on.