Reaching your goals takes more than just luck – it takes planning, preparation, and support. This is true in sports or at work. Trish Trout, the Forrest Gump of 352’s QA department, shares with us in this episode exactly what she learned from her experience running the Boston Marathon and how she translated those lessons to her job.
Image credit: Eric Rutin[Trish Trout:] Hi, I’m Trish, and I’m one of the Quality Assurance analysts here at 352. Today I want to talk to you about what running the Boston marathon taught me about goals. When I made the commitment to run the Boston marathon this year, there was a whole plan that I had to put together. I had to make sure I had a running plan, a nutrition plan, and the proper equipment. That translates into the workplace as well. I am committed to becoming a very god quality assurance analyst, and I want to continue to improve my testing skills, increase the automation, and become more proficient with the agile process. So I have committed to those goals. Next you have to prepare. With any goal, you need to be prepared for any obstacles that can come across. With the marathon, I was injured six weeks before, and I had to seek out the experts that would help get me to cross the finish line. Doctors, physical therapists, massage therapists; I had to rely on their expertise. With testing, it’s the same. You have to seek out the experts that may be more knowledgeable than you or might have different strategies. And I want to rely on their knowledge and have it transfer to my daily testing. When you commit and prepare, you’re on your way to a successful goal. The next line would be support. You want to make sure you have a strong support system. Let your coworkers know what your goals are and how you can be a better teammate for them. My support system with the marathon were my friends and family and my running partner. In the workplace, it’s my teammates. They know they can count on me, and I can count on them. And, as a team, we’re going to become much stronger because of that.Once you’ve committed to your goal, you have prepared for the obstacles and anything that comes along the way, you have your support system, and you cross that finish line and reach your goal, it’s time to celebrate. You celebrate with your teammates, your company, your coworkers, your friends and family. For me, it was crossing the finish line after the long 26.2 miles. I got the medal; I got to share it with the people that were important to me, and even my coworkers. We celebrate our wins, we celebrate when we complete a project, and that is reaching our ultimate goal.So for you, you make a commitment to your goals, share what those goals are, and do everything you can in order to reach them. Thanks for watching, and don’t forget to subscribe to 352’s youtube page.