Why is it that the name ‘rookie’ is mostly used in the sports industry? A rookie is anyone who starts a new profession, new opportunity or doing something that they have never done before. But you never hear anyone use that term, do you? Whenever you are starting a new venture, taking on a new career, job, role or leadership position, you go back to being known as a ‘rookie.’ As anyone who is doing something new for the first time, you need a coach or mentor to guide you along the way.
The world is full of ‘know it all’ people. I am sure you can name several right off the top of your head. They have done it all, read it all and have solved every problem. But look at it this way, there is a benefit in being a rookie. You don’t know what you don’t know, and your objective is to learn!
But no one starting a new job or new business will learn anything if they don’t admit or come to terms that they are a beginner. Education, age or status has absolutely nothing to do with it. It is about losing your ego so that you are open to learn and grow.
If you have taken on a new position or more responsibility, make sure you are open to feedback, growth and learning. Do not sit back and wait to be told what to do. Take initiative, jump right in, ask questions, let people know that you are new to what you’re doing and that you still are learning. With this mindset you will never fail, and not only will your team will prop you up along the way, they will respect you more as well. Have FUN being a ‘rookie’ and get ready for success!
FUN FACT: Master Connection Associates loves their mascot dogs and our newest member is named ROOKIE! See below!