‘It is what we know already that often prevents us from learning.’ ~ Claude Bernard
One of the greatest discoveries in life are opportunities to learn something new. I can't think of a better environment than the professional landscape of any office. Starting with the responsibilities of one's job as well as the various roles within a team or business unit. The countless opportunities to speak with co-workers in different departments creates a melting pot of experiences and knowledge. Once aboard the ship, use every chance possible to seek, explore and discover what you can about the voyage.
"The most valuable commodity I know of is information."
~ Gordon Gekko
Some key basics to ask when at a firm is where is my company in respect others like it in the industry or what is the status of the industry i.e. is succeeding or failing. These type of questions will kick start curiosity and hopefully make the answers exciting. Speaking from personal experience, I worked for a large corporation and what intrigued me more than anything else was exactly how the organization became so large. The time line displaying all the mergers and acquisitions was amazing to look at but it also created a deeper interest in building something as huge that could make a similar impact.
If you so dare, post in the comments below your findings and please maintain anonymity by disguising names of companies, organizations, etc. But please share to provide a healthy learning environment for the community.
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