With a lot of posts lately that are from rookies talking about their adventures in their POVs, or how they speak publicly of private events. I was guilty of similar things when I was looking through my "rookie eyes" as I assume many of you did when you started out. How long did this last for you, and can you point to a moment, or series of events that lead you to start looking at things more maturely?
For me, I was in the fire service for 3 1/2 - 4 years and our chief was starting to discuss stepping down. I then evaluated my position in the department and where my future was with the organization. I know advancing in the department is not a fast paced event, but I look at things worth doing, as being worth doing right. It started with evaluating my maturity level and watching, reading, and talking about what is and what is not accepted to those who we are here to replace. If we can not live up to their expectations we stand no chance in taking over one day. I stepped away from the crowd that made fun of the rookies for their shortcoming and started looking at it a shortcoming of mine that they were not catching on.
Please share your experiences, it is important that we all grow in this service. Perhaps your words will inspire some of those that are just starting out. Please no badgering, I want people to feel free to speak openly and encourage our replacements.