A successful career is often symbolized by having an excellent resume, which list your positions, accomplishments, and education.
In professional services, such as project management, it is important to have a larger view of your career, and take care and develop your capacity. In some field of work, the capacity is related to the physical ability to perform the work, which can be enhanced with appropriate training. In project management, the capacity relates to our brain, and our knowledge.
We have discussed earlier the importance of continuous learning for your career in the article titled Continuous Learning, and in the importance of certifications for project managers in an article titled Boost your career with certification.
You should also have a larger view of the subject, and consider in your life all activities that can protect and boost your brain. They will help you in the long-term boost your career. So here’s an interesting article from the magazine Fortune on the subject. Take a look. Remember, we are only one person, and everything we do is in some way connected. Note that it also talks about never stopping to learn, and the benefits of learning other languages.
5 ways to protect your brain, and boost your career
FORTUNE — Not so long ago, conventional wisdom among neuroscientists held that the human brain was doomed to deteriorate with the passage of time, and there wasn’t much anyone could do about it.
Instead, a raft of recent studies, aided by brain-imaging technology, all point to a much different conclusion: Our grey matter can keep on regenerating throughout life, producing new active cells all the time. “Your brain is a living and constantly developing dense forest with billions of neurons and synapses,” says Alvaro Fernandez, founder and CEO of market research firm SharpBrains.
The emerging science of neuroplasticity, which studies how our brains change and adapt, is revealing that, as with muscles, it’s a case of “use it or lose it,” he adds. “Once new neurons appear in your brain, where they stay and how long they survive depends on how you use them.
Michel Dion, PMP, CPA
Founder and Developer of Project-Aria
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