Michael was once told that he should not go into an HR role but he found himself loving it. He loved how dynamic it was and how involved he was. He was even thrilled that he's getting paid for helping people solve their problems.
Everything changed after he got into the world of HR. Two months into his first HR job at GE, he found another job description that caught his eye. It was a job description for the Vice President of HR for NBC Sports which was owned by GE at that time.
Imagine the ego it would take to sit there two months into your first HR job and think you're going to do that. Michael knew there's no way he's going to actually apply for that job because no one would give it to him but he printed that job description anyway.
It was three pages of all the skills he had to learn. He carried it with him for seven years. What he did was learn all the skills stated in the job description. He did it by asking the people around him. He didn't care about his pay or title. His focus was to learn all the skills.
This led him down the path of his career and it caused him to take jobs and move on from jobs. When he had learned about everything he needed to learn in that environment, he went from GE to Pepsi. Pepsi allowed him to do a lot of things that he didn't get to do at GE. Then he left Pepsi for a company nobody had ever heard of called Corona.
People called him crazy for leaving GE & Pepsi for this company. Michael took the job at Corona and in his first six months, they did four acquisitions.
Michael said, "You don't get to touch stuff like that in GE and Pepsi for 20 years." Here he was being handed these things and he had no idea what to do.
This has been a hallmark of Michael's career. It has forced him to completely rethink how things work.
These are the kinds of experiences that were invaluable in his career. This is what opened the door for roles that he eventually had as CHRO in major companies and huge responsibility around the world.
If you want to get promoted, go find a job description that outlines everything that that role encompasses, carry around that paper for years, and start acquiring those skills. You will then have a map of where you need to go and what to do.
Take on different challenges with a purpose. Don't be so concerned with your title and compensation. Be concerned about how you can learn.
It changes the framework of how you think about the work you're doing and the direction of it.
Your next job does not really matter. What matters is taking roles that will give you the ability to learn to apply things that are going to come in handy down the road for you to build a better portfolio.
Somebody told Michael a long time ago that if you want to be successful, learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable.
If you know your job well and you are always comfortable, you're not learning. You're not being stretched and you're not growing.
You have to get out of your comfort zone and explore all the possibilities.