You need to test your decisions against reality. A lot of decisions might sound good at the time or look good on paper. To really test your decisions, you need feedback loops that provide first-hand experience.
"Change is inevitable, growth is intentional." -- Glenda Cloud
The field you’re in can slow you down or it can speed up your career success.
"Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.” - August Wilson
As a parting gift at the end of one of my projects, I wanted everybody to walk away with their list of personal strengths. Not just a list that I made up, or their own list, but a list of strengths through the eyes of the team.
When i first joined Microsoft, I felt like I had joined an elite team of smart people that gets results. Microsoft is a big place, and I had joined the Developer Support Team. It was an interesting team and I was surrounded by people who worked smarter, harder, faster, and more effective than anything I had ever seen before. There were people that built robots and people that built rockets. There were former accountants and former professors. The intellectual horsepower was stunning and so was the passion.
I was curious how I too could become a skilled Softie.