January 16, 2018

IT Leadership Meeting Recap: Are You Doing the Right Things to Maximize Your Career Potential?

We started off last Friday’s IT Leadership meeting at RBC Wealth Management by watching a Ted Talk on the continuous journey of success. In this video, Richard St. John talks about what it is like to hit rock bottom and how he came back from it. It took him seven years to get back on track after hitting a low point in his career. Throughout this process, he learned that success isn’t a one-way street; it’s a continuous journey. To refrain from success to failure syndrome, Richard St. John followed the eight key principals of success: passion, work, focus, push, ideas, improve, serve, and persist. 

01.12.2018 MN ITL Recap

After watching this Ted Talk, as a group, we focused on three different discussion questions relating to maximizing your career potential. Below are a few key takeaways from our breakout session:

What steps can a professional take to maximize their career potential?

  • Come up with a career plan
  • Continuous learning
  • Take some risks/don’t be content
  • Continuously evaluate
  • Define what success means to you
  • Know your passion
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses

What are the career limiting factors that hold people back from maximizing their potential?

  • Lacking self-confidence
  • Inability to translate current skills to new opportunities
  • Working for the wrong company
  • Getting comfortable
  • Chasing money
  • Lack of humility
  • Not a team player

Why is it that some people are considered overachievers in their careers? What makes them an overachiever?

  • Willingness to fail
  • Deliver value and quality
  • Can rely on them
  • Perception vs. reality
  • Passionate
  • High standards
  • Knowing their strengths and weaknesses


There isn’t one key tactic to maximizing your career potential, rather than a one-way street, success is a continuous journey. There are many components that go into being successful with the largest being, doing what you love. If your heart isn’t in it, it will be difficult to be successful. With that, I’d like to leave you with a quote from Ray Kroc: “The two most important requirements for major success are: first, being in the right place at the right time, and second, doing something about it.”

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Posted by: Anna Wischmann

Tags:  Meeting Recap, IT Leadership Group, Career Success

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