"There is an art of which every man should be a master, the art of reflection. If you are not a thinking man, to what purpose are you a man at all?"
- William Hart Coleridge
It was about five years ago that a friend of mine first shared this quote with me. Initially I didn't think too much of what he was saying, but then I attended a class in college that discussed the idea of building a portfolio and how the process of building the portfolio would force me to reflect on my life and would inevitably cause me to grow and/or change. The professor kept using the word "reflection" and spouting about how we needed to learn how to reflect. He kept saying that reflection was the key to change and how the more opportunities you take to reflect on your work, good or bad, the more you will adapt and learn from those experiences. At first I was a bit skeptical, but then I was in a class where the portfolio was part of my grade, so building the portfolio was a must if I wanted to pass. Which also meant, reflecting on the content that was going into my portfolio was going to happen. It was unavoidable.
As I said, that was five years ago. To this day I continue to work at maintaining my portfolio. As a matter of fact, I have many portfolios. I've used my portfolio to help me get into an awesome graduate school, I used a different portfolio to score two amazing internships, and I continue to use my portfolio as a showcase to the world of my accomplishments. This helps for when people search about Brian T, they find relevant real material about who I am both socially and professionally. The value this has brought to me is immeasurable.
Feel free to check out my portfolio to learn more about me. In addition, if you don't have a portfolio yet, you should seriously consider taking the time to build one. You will be changed forever.