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Monday Morning Motivation – Experience

By: Curt Stowers

Sharing Resources to Help You Grow Personally, Professionally & Financially

Sometimes it helps to get a little dose of encouragement—along with a good cup of coffee!—to start the day. Today we discuss experience.

Hopefully the message below will help you get off to a good start for the week.  Please feel free to forward the newsletter on to others that you think would benefit from the content.


I am a huge fan of learning through life’s experiences. Only when you go through things can you truly understand what it is like to be in a certain situation.

However, way too many people put stock on REPEATING the same experience year after year after year. In today’s professional environment, you are seeing fewer and fewer people who have extended tenure (e.g., 30 years) in a job or with a company. Some of this is a reflection of changes in how companies treat employees. However, I think it is also a reflection of how employees treat companies!

If you simply do the same
set of job requirements for 30 years,
you do NOT have 30 years of experience.
You have one year of experience
30 times over.

It’s no longer good enough to simply “do your job.” That’s the price of admission. Within a very short period of time, most individuals do a great job on the INITIAL set of job requirements. The challenge occurs if they do not grow and expand. If you simply do the same set of job requirements for 30 years, you do NOT have 30 years of experience. You have one year of experience 30 times over. That’s a big difference.

Gaining experience requires having new experiences. That requires change, which is hard—BUT change does bring growth. And that’s a good thing!

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • How do you define experience?

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning 

Have a great week!



About MMM: Each week I publish “Monday Morning Motivation” in the hopes that at least one person will find a bit of inspiration and that this inspiration will have a positive impact on their life. My motivation comes from experiences, reading, sermons, and discussions.

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