I am writing from your future – part 2

In my last post on the subject of separation from the corporate mothership, I was trying to raise awareness that your life in the corporate fast lane, or even in the mail room, is finite. There are solutions, but they all require tough decisions.

Jane Chin has written an article about career transitions with some simple, but profound advice. Her article, Go with what you know, is well worth reading because it offers a way to break through the indecision that too many people are stuck in when their careers or companies run out of steam.

In short, she says she gets the best results when she stopped focusing on “the career path” and instead, focus on what she can best contribute and have a great time doing it. I agree completely.

When you look at what you can contribute to a situation, you are examining what you know that is useful. Use that knowledge and find a job where that knowledge can be exchanged for money and satisfaction.

If you know nothing that is useful, then your course is clear. Learn something useful that can be exchanged for money, shelter, and good stuff like that.

Taking Jane’s idea and running with it, I come up with the following conclusion: When you direct your focus toward a contribution you can make instead of a destination you must reach, you bypass all of the common barriers to progress.

You are working on the wavelength of providing service to others instead of trying to get something from others. You are providing an outflow instead of demanding an inflow.

If what you are doing now isn’t working, why not go with what you know?

It may just open doors to some opportunities you weren’t expecting.

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0 Responses to I am writing from your future – part 2

  1. Jane Chin says:

    Thanks for linking to my article, David. We tend to focus on the bottomline and short term results (I see your most recent entry about SUN employees being laid off!) and often lose sight of the long term.

    Maybe this partly explains why people change careers so many times. We bounce from one job to another hoping that one will give us some level of satisfaction before our honeymooning enthusiasm peters out.

    Peter Drucker focuses on one’s strengths and contribution. Oprah Winfrey emphasizes the value of serving others with one’s talents. Each are legendary in his and her own right. Perhaps they’re onto something.

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