Regret. It's a part of everyone's career. Sometimes we are thankful we didn't get what we wished for; and, at others we look back and shake our heads at what might have been. It can generate emotions from a sense of relief, to feeling caught in a frustrating spiral with no end in sight.
Going For it
For me, one word has summed up how I decided to "follow" my career path. It helped inform moves I made within the health systems where I worked, to moving across the country, to making a radical departure within the healthcare industry into a whole new world.
I decided early on I was going to go for it. My peers wondered what I was doing. My internal competitors may have been a bit jealous of my success. My friends and family sometimes thought I was crazy.
Risk big, win big.
As you consider your own career, whether you are a new college graduate or an experienced veteran of the world of work, ask yourself these questions:
When was the last time you...
- defined where you want your career to go?
- stepped away from something good, rewarding, and safe to follow your vision?
- told your inner circle that you were thinking about making a bold move?
- did the math on your finances to understand what you needed to live your plan?
- changed the way you work now to prepare for the future?
- took a risk?
How About You
What do you really want to do with your professional life? Write it down. Talk about it. Start working that way today.
Take the risk.
I'd love to hear from you.