Ralph Waldo Emerson once made this statement which completely and totally applies to what you do in your job and how you develop your career over the long haul:
“Skill to do comes of doing.“
As with surgeons, home builders, mechanics, race car drivers and so on…we learn most by doing.
I know a lot of people are going back to school and focusing on getting their degrees and certifications right now. There’s certainly value in doing so. Just never ever forget that formal training and education are only a relatively small part of the overall package that you bring to the table. So get out there and get your hands dirty because there’s no replacing good old-fashioned hands-on experience!
If you’re interested in hearing a lot more of my take on certifications, degrees, and experience and the best way to approach each of them to enhance your career, check out this Security On Wheels audio program I put together. Here’s a snippet you can download and listen to.
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