I have just published a new blog on the Canadian CareerWise blog. In it I discuss the challenge of thinking about career as a purely personal endeavour and argue that the insights offered by the very rich on career building are not very useful to the rest of us.
“Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.”
“What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.”
“The most important thing in life is to love what you’re doing, because that’s the only way you’ll ever be really good at it.”
Career development practitioners often make an implicit deal with clients and students. If you work hard, manage your career carefully, stay resilient and follow your passions, you will ultimately get what you want from life. The inspirational quotes above capture this perspective and are the kind of thing that we often put into a presentation or even on a poster on our wall.