Thrive, don’t just live.

What constitutes a thriving lifestyle?

Today, I am going to explain the principles of having a thriving career like planning your path, recognizing potential and Triangulation. What does thrive mean? The correct definition of thrive is to prosper or to flourish. This verb is what will set you apart from all other professionals only seeking a paycheck and not looking to make a difference in the world. This is how you can take the leap to be the profession you want others to see while also having the soul of an adventurer.

Planning your path. Many individuals believe this is associated with finding your passion but I will discuss in a later post why not. This includes many different factors of your life like location and career goals. Starting with your location, you cannot thrive in a place that you are not fully committed to. Lifestyle weighs heavily when it comes to wanting to wake up every morning and begin a new day on your best foot and not living each day in a place that does not inspire you to be the best version of yourself. Next, let’s discuss career goals. Do you have any? If not, let’s define the difference between short-term and long-term goals. Short-term would include being employee-of-the-month or getting a higher ranking position that is one or tow levels above your own. Setting long-term goals takes time to fully comprehend and you must plan out while using the S.M.A.R.T. Method. The S.M.A.R.T. Method stands for specific, measurable,  achievable, realistic and time-bound. These characteristics will help you keep on track to reach that goal in the amount of time you put forth towards the challenge. Here is a link that provides multiple goal-setting worksheets from financial to workout objectives.

Recognizing the potential in every opportunity. Not saying that you should not be skeptical of must ideas, but without being open to a new way of thinking could diminish your chance of building something new and wonderful. Let’s look at Andrew Carnegie for example. By recognizing the potential that steel has in reinforcing railways and bridges he would have never capitalized on the steel industry which then made his life’s fortune. Money should not be your only goal when taking on an entrepreneurial spirit but rather the impact will have on others and society as a whole. Multitasking plays a large part in recognizing the potential of either people or possibilities. Emotional intelligence also makes a new opportunity beneficial and down the road will help your professional life thrive.

Triangulation. Triangulation takes focus on two ideas:  looking at a problem from more than one direction to see if the answers line up or disagree, making testable predictions. I received this knowledge from the website VisionCritical. This organization’s slogan is “collective wisdom starts here.” When reading about the topic of Triangulation a thought came rushing through my head, what if we looked at an issue or a problem in the same way a scientist would. Growing up I will attempt to introduce the scientific method into my daily chores such as washing a stain out of my clothes or deciding what to make for dinner. Going through the process of creating a hypothesis or theory, doing the experiment, refining the idea, afterward I would reproduce the experiment and then come up with a working theory. This can be used when creativity in your professional life is starting to become harder to generate.

Let’s go over what you can do to make a thriving career and not a barely surviving one. Start by planning a well-defined path that is reasonable and achievable, then focus on every opportunity while seeing the potential behind the idea, last but not least attempt to implement Triangulation so that you do not have to place you life n hold for every problem you face. Trying to meet the bear minimum will not work in the world of professionalism anymore.

Here is a quote that sums up the meaning to thrive.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

– Maya Angelou




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