The Deep End: Necessary Trouble

Jennifer Abrams’s monthly edCircuit column "The Deep End" is being presented as a video column where Jennifer will share the same compelling, thought-provoking content through a new and engaging medium.

In her second video column, Jennifer Abrams combines her own experiences with insights from her mentors to share advice that will help and challenge viewers. If you find yourself in a position where you’re unhappy, what do you do? You can change your situation or change the circumstances within it, but either way, it is up to you to do something.

In this short video, Jennifer shares three key ideas: the need for change, the necessary kind of trouble, and how “making stuff up” can lead to success. The questions below are intended to get you thinking about the path you are on and what changes can, and should, be made to improve your future:

  1. Change isn’t easy, and usually, a lot of effort and work is involved in the process. Think back on a moment of change in your career – what was the hardest obstacle to overcome? What factors, internal and external, are keeping you from furthering your professional career through other employment opportunities?
  2. As they say, hindsight is 20/20. What advice would you give the 18-year-old version of yourself that would have helped you in your career? Have you taken that advice and, if so, how has it influenced you in the workplace?
  3. Arrows Change Start Sky Direction CloudsJennifer explores the theory behind Peter Block’s book The Answer to How is Yes. How many times in the past week have you caught yourself automatically rejecting ideas that are new or different from your own? In the past month? Year? How does this impact the decisions you’ve made so far?

While this format allows our readers to consume information in a new and engaging way, we also encourage you to continue reading each of Jennifer’s previous columns and keep track of new video columns here.

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