What does training and flowers have in common?
After the winter that most of us have experienced, any sign of spring is welcomed. Spring is a time we rejuvenate, we expect to see things bloom, right on schedule with April showers. That’s because spring weather is the most conducive to what plants need to thrive. They don’t need training to know what to do. It’s just nature. To keep the grass green or a garden thriving in the middle of summer, may require some training from a green thumb. But what about the fall? At a time when most plants are going dormant it is a time we experience some of the most beautiful visual effects Mother Nature has to offer. No training is needed to grow mums in the fall. They bloom and produce their best color. Are they “late bloomers?” Well, they are certainly much later than most flowers. But in October they produce the perfect bloom, even though it is long after what is consider the blooming season.
So, what does the blooming seasons have in common with ExecuTrain or even training? While watching CBS Sunday Morning about late bloomers I was reminded that Julia Childs didn’t get serious about cooking until her 40’s when she enrolled for training at Le Cordon Bleu. Then my immediate thought was the people I have met while working at ExecuTrain. Many people redefined their careers though training. Hence, “blooming” at a time when others might be more interested in coasting rather than reinventing. Much like fall plants going dormant and the mum in bloom.
Through training, people define a second career or expand in their current role. Blooming is more taking advantage of opportunities when it works for you, not allowing the typical to be your guide. Responsing to the value of training, while switching careers at 35, a student stated, “I would rather take a pause, retrain, and then do what I love for 25 years, than to continue in career I don’t like for 35.” That person is now 10 years post career change and says they could not be happier with the decision to retrain and the resources invested.
While some might describe that person to be a “late bloomer”, they would describe themselves to be more like the mum.
We don’t need to train flowers to bloom. But for some people to retrain, with the right tools, they are their brightest! No matter when it happened.