A butterfly flaps its wings on one side of the world setting off a ripple of incremental changes that result in a tornado in another part of the world. That’s the basis of Chaos Theory. A plane heads to a different country when a pilot alters his flight path by one degree. In both cases, small changes lead to big impacts. What if you make small, incremental changes in your job or career direction? What ripples and good career vibrations will you create?
You leave an imprint throughout your life on other people, and vice versa. Sometimes faint and slight, at other times clear and strong. You are subtly altered or touched in some way each time you cross paths with someone through the uncharted waters of your life. An imprint is authentic and lasting. However, it is not the same as an impression, which can be false and short-lived.
In the context of your jobs and careers, think of the myriad number of people you meet and get to know, however fleetingly. Some you forget instantly, others create good and bad memories and a few remain constants, acquaintances and lifelong friends.
You have an opportunity to shape impressions from the outset AND leave a lasting imprint on people you meet which reflects some of that complex, talented and unique you. So, have a clear view of yourself and manage yourself well.
Think about the key people in your life, the imprint they leave on you and vice versa. How has that shaped the way you tend to feel, think, act or behave? What imprint do you want to leave that makes you stand out from the crowd?
All it takes is one small step or a flap of your metaphorical wings. Choose a direction, choose an action, and feel the good vibrations.
David Shindler is founder of the Employability Hub online learning centre, Director of Learning to Leap and widely respected in the industry as an employability expert. David understands the ‘soft’ skills, attitudes and behaviours needed by employers and can help people improve them to get the job they want.