When Emily told me she was going to have a baby, I was ecstatic for her! I am an aunt to three beautiful little humans, and I have seen how they changed my siblings’ lives for the better. I couldn’t wait for Emily to experience that, too. But when she told me that she was going to be on maternity leave for a few weeks, a softball-sized lump formed in my throat. “I am not ready for this,” I thought. This being handling the day-to-day operations of Moore Media Group in Emily’s absence. Eight months ago, I had absolutely no confidence that I could take on this task.
Now that I’m on the other side, I can see how much growth has come from this process. I realize now that being perfect isn’t important, but growing as a person and an employee is. Whether you’re new to the workforce and feel uncertain about the job you’re doing, or if you are a seasoned employee, director or manager, personal growth matters for everyone. Here are 4 reasons why:
1. Growth creates confidence.
Perhaps the best way to gain confidence in the workplace is to face your fears. Doing something that makes you uncomfortable will help you see you are capable of more than you thought. If you’re asked to do something out of your typical “job description,” you should jump at the opportunity, not shy away from it. Facing fears is the only way you will grow. Whether your boss asks you to run the next budget report meeting or manage a very important client account, embrace the opportunity for growth. At the end of it all, you’ll be proud of what you have accomplished.
2. Growth embraces failure.
Failure in the workplace is not only inevitable, it’s also healthy. There isn’t a single successful person in this world who went their entire career without failing. In fact, many owe their success to their failures. J.K. Rowling was turned down by several publishers before she convinced someone to take a chance on a little series about a wizard named Harry. She even stuck her first rejection letter on her refrigerator for motivation. The now billionaire Rowling once said, “It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success.”
Failure and growth work together – failure is necessary for growth, and lasting growth can only come out of learning from mistakes. In terms of business, it’s important to let yourself and the people around you fail. Sometimes, that’s the best way to learn.
3. Growth drives motivation.
One huge benefit of personal development is the newfound motivation that comes along with it. Every season of growth is a chance to learn something new. When you’re learning, you are fully invested in what you’re doing. This leads to an increase in personal motivation.
For example, let’s say you’re interested in video animation. You enjoy practicing this new skill so much so that you find yourself looking up YouTube videos about how to create seamless animations on your own time. When you finally get the opportunity to use your new skill at your job, you’re determined to make the greatest animated intro in the history of the world.
We all want motivated employees and co-workers, right? If the opportunity for growth is present, motivation and job fulfillment are sure to follow.
4. Growth encourages success.
Personal growth is directly related to employee performance. That’s why investing in yourself and your employees is so important. We’ve already seen how personal development can create more confident, motivated employees. That security and focus produces better work performance, and better work performance leads to success both for yourself and for your company. Businesses who invest in their executives, managers and employees create a positive work culture centered around community. Industry giants like Amazon, Zappos and Apple are so successful because they understand the importance of personal growth for their employees, and their employees thank them by doing their job with excellence.
Emily is transitioning back from maternity leave, but my season of growth is nowhere near being over. I’m still learning each and every day. Throughout this process I’ve come to understand how important it is to step outside my comfort zone. The more I better myself, the better I can serve the company and our clients. Everyone wins.
Written by Moore Media Group’s Digital Media Manager, Jesse Dear.