The last two months of 2011 were interesting in that I was trying to settle into my new role, and reconcile the expectations I had of the role with the reality of the situation I found myself in.
I had turned down another offer with a defined role in a defined company, with a defined future, for a leap into something completely unknown. All I knew was that I would have the chance to continue to learn, and I couldn’t resist the attraction of jumping into something which didn’t have a prescribed finish line or boundary; the opportunity variable was too much for me to pass by.
In those two months I certainly learned a heap. I think the number one thing I learned was how much I didn’t know, and how much I had to learn. But we all have to start somewhere.
You can’t be around my boss (Selwyn) for long without hearing about the importance of the productive economy and the role of exports in the New Zealand economy. It also doesn’t take long to learn that he carries around a massive vault of knowledge about the intricacies of world economics and business which he has built up over his lifetime. It also doesn’t take long to realise that there is no short cut to learning everything he knows, and that the opportunity to begin learning this is not something everyone is given.
I guess if the goal of this blog is to share what I learn at work, then the motivation behind it is for more people than just me to be able to access some of this knowledge. Here I will reflect upon the salient things I learn at work each day, recording them not only for my own benefit, but to share with those who like me, can’t get enough.