The difference between a wiener and a winner is just a couple of letters.
This morning I proctored Wayne Pulliam's CPMM Exam. He passed with flying colors. However, this activity got me thinking. How many of us are or going to get certified? That is the quickest method to upgrade and advance our profession and your careers.
As we discovered recently, even the new symbol of skilled tradesmen, Joe The Plumber, does not have a license.
So that we can better fight for resources, more of us need to get certified.
Having an outside governing body ratifying that you have acheived professional qualifications can definitely open up doors and help you succeed in your current position. I have proctored dozens of pros in the past and the biggest benefit, I have seen is the boost in confidence and inner satification of knowing that you are certified pro. Plus most have seen a significant increase in their paycheck.
If interested in earning your certification, check AFE.org, IFMA.org, lubecouncil.org, SMRP.org or perhaps the EFNMS.org, especially if your company has European interests.
So go ahead drive your career. By the way, saw the vehicle above this summer in DC. Lots of wieners are inside the beltway! Ok, that is totally different blog post.
Just remember this, more money a year can buy more Belgian (Budweiser) Beer!