The pandemic has to be recorded in history as two momentous years for intense introspection. I know I have expanded my thought processing and I hope you have taken it as a growth opportunity for increasing your inward improvement.

Understood, a nonprofit “dedicated to helping those who learn and think differently thrive at home, in school and in life” published a single page that hangs on my wall “15 growth mindset questions” that I will spin into ways to rethink your LinkedIn presence.

8. Did you work as hard as you could have?

Now that’s a loaded question! Let’s start with how hard you think you need to work and push it up one notch from that. Bam! That’s an improvement over your status quo and an opportunity to push your limits. Healthy and satisfying when done right.

Do you look back at older work and marvel at how your quality has progressed to today’s level? Again, health and satisfying.

Are you pursuing a certificate or educational reward to advance your perceptions? Are you keenly interested in pathfinding new thoughts in your field?

Do you post a provocative or especially timely article you read elsewhere, adding your commentary on it? Do you add to others’ comments and pull the conversation one tangent further? Do you interpret through your experienced lens and offer your new perspective? All healthy and satisfying.

Never be mediocre or standard. Who wants to engage someone who can themselves improve without our prodding them? No one.

Contemplate this: Would you work with you? Hire you? Or ignore you as not good enough for the task? C’mon, be honest.

Be better than average, be awesome!