In this episode of The Civil Engineering Podcast, I talk to Tramone Smith, P.E., BCEE, MSCE from WGK in Mississippi, about his path to partnership in his firm. Tramone is a really unique professional in that he had one goal only in his career, which had absolutely nothing to do with partnership or ownership in the firm, but it ended up getting him there and helped him to rise above his expectations.
As we gear up for a wonderful 2014, I wish you the absolute best in achieving the loftiest of goals. While many people talk about goal setting this time of year, there is one thing that must be considered when you go through the goal setting process: the impact a goal will have on your career and life when you achieve it.
It Only Takes One Goal
The other day, I was in the car listening to the radio and it was a countdown of the top songs of the year. When it was time for song #1, the DJ explained that the song was by a group who, after this song went to the top of the charts, soon had three other #1 hits. He said, “One song changed everything for these guys.” That statement really made me think about how their success is analogous to all of our careers. I know in my career, when I published my book Engineer Your Own Success, it was a career- and life-changing event in many ways. I wanted to write about this today because I think it is a great way for us to focus on the bigger picture when setting and pursuing goals. If you are setting or have recently set goals for yourself, think about those goals for a second. Think about the impacts that each goal is going to have on your career and life when you achieve it. Do you notice that some goals will have much more impact than others? These are the goals you should really focus your energy on. While this may sound obvious, it’s very easy to get distracted and spend time and energy on goals that aren’t as powerful.
The Domino Effect
I read and listen often to Michael Hyatt, who has a great approach when it comes to goals, and I heard him say something that explains this best. He said to pursue goals which, when achieved, will have a domino effect in your life. When you achieve the goal, many other things will start to happen because of that achievement. I urge you to set goals that will create that domino effect in your engineering career and life. For example, let’s say that you have a goal of obtaining your Professional Engineering (PE) license. What might some of the effects of achieving this goal be? [Read more…] about It Only Takes One Goal to Change Everything in Your Engineering Career