- Is your career where you want it to be? If not, maybe you are reading this while slugging away at a boring 9-5 job or possibly combing over the various position openings de jour on Monster.com or Snagajob.com. The bottom line is that you are feeling dissatisfied. Did you make a career mistake somewhere that resulted in your current circumstance?
In an interesting article by Paul Schoemaker on Inc.com, titled “You Need to Make More Mistakes”, don’t even think twice on a making a regrettable mistake. In fact, you need to make significantly more of them to get to where you want to go. Is this great news? Most definitely, YES.
When going for my MBA, I was earning a very good income in the Finance Industry in sunny Los Angeles with good prospects of growth and career advancement. I had the yearning to get my MBA in my late 20s while most of my peers were starting their careers and earning growing incomes. I decided to go heavily into debt for an illusive MBA career; moving my new wife to a new city in Chicago. My friends were earning income, buying homes, building wealth, while I was going into the hole on a monthly basis on living expenses. While the academic and “life” experience of the MBA degree was everything I could hope for, I started getting a gnawing pang in my gut.
Did I make a Career Mistake?
NO…I took a risk, gained an incredible experience, and realized that no matter what happened, nobody can repossess the skills I learned. This was MY JOURNEY to better myself and become more marketable. It took me much longer than others to gain financial stability, own a house and build my career. However, if I didn’t risk making a “career mistake”, I wouldn’t have the success and happiness I am enjoying today.
SO GO AHEAD, MAKE A MISTAKE…..
1) What were two of your biggest “Career Mistakes”? Identify 3 things that ultimately benefitted you from making those mistakes. Every mistake is a stepping stone to learning.
2) What is your biggest career decision ahead of you right now that you are afraid of becoming a mistake? Are you unable to recover from a temporary setback? Is there any way you could move, if required, in a slower way to make it work?
Quote of the Day: “Always desire to learn something useful.” — Sophocles