My personal mission statement is as follows: To continue to live an honest, adventurous life where my experiences allow me to learn from, and share, with others; in doing so, I hope to realize personal goals and dreams as I give back to life all the gifts I will surely receive along the way.
My mission statement was fairly easy to develop as it comes from a lifetime of process. I consider myself a student of life, as well as a teacher. Many of these experiences that have formed my mission statement have not come without struggle or pain. But that too is part of life, and we have to accept that we will go through tough times occasionally. Overcoming these adversities and learning from these experiences make us stronger and help us to understand the way life works. Don't get me wrong; I, like everyone else, do not have all the answers to life. I still question why certain things have happened to me at certain times in my life, but upon reflection, I generally find some type of reasoning behind them or decide that maybe clarity will come later. I also am aware that life is unpredictable and unexplainable, and those facts have to be accepted as well when trying to get a perspective on life. We are all God's creatures and come in contact with many others during the course of our lives. If we can share something with a fraction of these people, we will also have things shared with us. This is a simplistic concept that is not always simple in its applications, but for me, it definitely works.
As far as my role in a team I think that honesty, integrity and good communication skills are great qualities to have. The ability to share and learn from others are also good attributes of a "team" player. I have been involved in many teams over my working career (well over 20 some years), and these qualities have taken time to develop to where they are today. Much of this development has come from my learning from others, and we must always keep an open mind to fresh perspectives.
My immediate career plan is to become a technical writer, and eventually pen a novel (or 2 or 3 or 4!). These goals & dreams I hope to realize as I mentioned in my mission statement. I think the team qualities I mentioned in the previous paragraph are very important in technical writing as the projects I will be working on will involve the input of many different people. Excellent communication skills, listening skills and flexibility will be key to the success of these projects. Since I want to learn from every new experience I encounter in life, I hope that this attitude will help keep each new project fresh and allow me to adapt to the given situation. As far as writing my novel(s), my adventurous side will play a role and my dream of getting published will also fulfill my mission statement. I will be able to share with others much of what has been shared with me on this journey we call life.Posted by at October 5, 2005 7:33 PM