[MMM] The World is Your Oyster for Your Career

March 7, 2016 | The “Global” Edition

Happy Monday morning,
While at our Calgary office, I saw an advertisement for Big Rock Brewery.
“Think Global. Drink Local.” is Big Rock Brewery’s tagline.
I grew up with a globe in my room. One of the “spin & point to where you want to go” variety. This was a few months (read: decades) before google maps. I grew up in a family that loved to travel, and learn from different cultures.
By the time I was 10, I had been to North Africa, Spain, Hawaii, Ireland, Mexico, etc. I didn’t just play “pin the tail” on the globe; I was born in Ireland and our family moved to Canada when I was three.
Yann Martel, author of The Life of Pi, shared that there are two ways to understand the world. One is to read and imagine, and the other is to experience first-hand. Having been fortunate enough to grow up with opportunities to experience, this understanding has shaped & influenced me to this very day.
Reading Pierre Trudeau’s autobiography, I was impressed by the amount of travel he had done is his life as a young man. He developed a global perspective which helped him not only understand the world but also to craft a unique sense of Canada’s place in the world.
Thinking Globally leads to appreciating locally & vice versa.
I remember being in North Africa and watching kids my own age at the time, selling goods in the market. This left a strong imprint on me as to how fortunate I was to grow up in Canada and how many young people had to live in order to support themselves and their families. I was learning key principles in life: to think about the bigger, global, picture, and to develop a thankfulness, an empathy, and a profound respect for our differences and similarities. When I grew a bit older, I remember my driving instructor discuss the importance of the big picture in order to understand the changes in the global economy; in order to get a sense of where you are in this moment and the kinds of opportunities that lie ahead.
A key career principle is to think about big opportunities. Pay attention to news and trends outside of your industry, city, or country that impact the economy and the world of work, and how these trends apply to your particular situation. Apply this knowledge to your ownwork situation by developing your role to meet a need in the marketplace.
Thinking Globally means keeping an open mind, open eyes, and an open heart, and not only embracing positive change, but being a catalyst for it.
Along the road with you!
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