A lot of them, I think we already touched on, your network, obviously, keeping yourself relevant in the industry. One thing my dad told me when I was in college, when I started looking at logistics, he said, Hey, look, if you’re getting into logistics, that’s a good thing. They’re not always going to make everything in the United States, but they were gonna have to get it here. That gave me the nudge to feel like I was going into a field that was going to give me some stability and security, but, wow, has that really come to life in the last year, 20 years, the supply chain has continued to become more important. For people who are trying to figure out what they want to do, I don’t think you can go wrong right now. There’s no stopping this train at least for the remainder of my career, at least, and probably a lot longer.
Another thing that I was lucky for people to tell me early on was just, and I’ve said this word a few times, is this curiosity, right? In a past life, I actually had a nickname. They called me Mikey. You guys remember that commercial? They were going to give it to Mikey. That kid is like, he’ll try anything. So I got this nickname called Mikey because I just, I guess from my consulting background or whatever, I always got the stuff that nobody else wanted to do or that it was too sticky or didn’t have time to do whatever, and I was like, well, I’ll pick it up. I mean, I’ll go figure it out, see what happens. And that has actually paid dividends. Maybe I didn’t realize it at the time, but I think now it’s sort of ingrained. Particularly if it’s going to help your position in terms of your daily life and your process that you’re responsible for. But, don’t be afraid to volunteer for something or get into something that’s maybe not into your purview, right? You don’t have to step on people’s toes, but I think it’s important to broaden out and in supply chain, we have incredible opportunity to do that.
So, I’ve tried to keep that in mind and sometimes that means a lateral move, right? Sometimes it doesn’t always mean a promotion, right? Sometimes it means changing companies. Sometimes it means having that weird conversation with your leader that says, Hey, I think I want to try this and get that strange look, but you have to be vocal about that. I think, especially in supply chain now is more of a Swiss army knife that you can be. And the more exposure you can get to different business units and different models of doing things, the more effective you’re going to be. And when you get into that kind of executive level, and you’re responsible for an entire business unit, the more exposure you could have to the supporting teams that support that function, the better off that you’re gonna be. You’re gonna be a much more effective leader and a much more successful person. I’m kind of in the middle of my career right now, trying to just pick up things and add to my collection of tools. And maybe someday as I continue to progress, that’ll pay off more and more I think that’s just that kind of curiosity and willingness to kinda pick up the things that nobody else wants to is, I think it’s pretty important.