Navigating Change: Unlearning, Relearning, and Your Career in 2024

Let’s talk about a crucial aspect of our career journey—unlearning and relearning. How many of us learn things and never question them again in our lives or careers? I was one! 

There was a time when I believed the key to success was hyper-specialization, mastering a tiny niche. It took me years to unlearn that myth and understand that success isn’t about being confined to one narrow path. It’s quite the opposite.

Transitioning from Pharmacy to Diplomacy was a significant turning point for me. Initially, I carried a lot of guilt, thinking success was exclusive to one field. I felt much less capable than other “specialists” in the field since I was an outsider invading a new career. But slowly and consistently I started unlearning that myth. I started seeing the power of what an outsider can bring to the table. And all of a sudden, what looked to me at the beginning of my diplomacy career as “missing out”turned into be superpower, “the power of connecting things. Success isn’t about staying put; it’s about carrying your skills with you, allowing them to evolve and adapt.

Moving from Diplomacy to Banking brought a revelation to me:

the strength in connecting diverse experiences. Steve Jobs’ timeless words, “Creativity is about connecting things,” resonated profoundly. Combining diplomatic & communication skills with financial & investment acumen unleashed a new level of creativity and problem-solving, proving that the fusion of experiences sparks innovation.

It’s a power that highly specialized professional “experts” can’t see, as they see the world from a very narrow-angle. They can’t see the 360-degree angle that you can see. 

Unexpectedly, my background in chemistry became a secret weapon in learning Chinese. The visual memory skills cultivated in chemistry turned out to be invaluable in mastering the intricate characters of the Chinese language. Aligning the logic from chemistry to Chinese accelerated my journey to fluency, showcasing the potential of transferring skills across seemingly unrelated disciplines.

In the words of Steve Jobs,

“Creativity is about connecting things.” Weaving together different experiences is not just fulfilling; it’s a source of innovation and growth. It goes even beyond that. When author Vladimir Nabokov was asked about the definition of genius he said “Well, seeing things others don’t see. Or rather the invisible links between things.”

If my experiences resonate with you, I invite you to explore the first chapter of my recent book, “Time to Move On.” It delves into the intricacies of unlearning the “Supreme Specialist” myth and how embracing change led to a successful reinvention. I’m confident you’ll find it an insightful and enjoyable read.

Now, let’s turn the spotlight on you. As we step into 2024, what do you need to unlearn and relearn to advance your career? It’s important to reflect on what you need to unlearn to advance your career in 2024.

If my experiences resonate with you, I invite you to explore the first chapter of my recent book, “Time to Move On.” It delves into the intricacies of unlearning the “Supreme Specialist” myth and how embracing change led to a successful reinvention. I’m confident you’ll find it an insightful and enjoyable read.

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