The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is today.
An Ancient Chinese Proverb, simultaneously telling us it’s never too late and, “Wow, you’re really late.”

But isn’t this the truth about growth, or change. You’re always late until that moment when you actually do something different, then magically, you’re right on time.

It’s been a long cold winter here in Minneapolis and spring has many of us looking forward to some things growing and some things changing. We need to see some melting, some green showing through, more sun shine, less pot holes.

Spring is also a good time to think about ways to grow professionally. Take a class, learn something new, discover a new creative outlet. Or, take on a new client or project. Reach outside of your comfort zone. Something as simple as re-arranging your office make a difference. Change something just for the sake of changing something.

A simple photography class can get you to look at things just a bit differently and when you see the world differently, you might start to see different solutions to a challenge or a better way to accomplish a task.

In our profession, we are tasked with learning new things all the time and sometimes this can be overwhelming. But when we seek out and purposely learn something new, something different can happen. Sometimes it can be fun.

And remember, the second best time to do this is today.

Author Maureen Dyvig

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