This is what the journey to landing your best-fit career might look like:
I call it scramble, scramble, stick. You scramble in the first 5-10 years of your career, trying out various jobs and positions, seeking to identify the one that most closely aligns with your best self. You’re nimble and sometimes follow the advice of Harvard professor Deepak Malhotra, “Quit early and quit often.” You job-craft, hustle, volunteer, and add value. You connect, build relationships, and may change jobs (maybe more than a few times — I hold the record at 9 times in 10 years). In fact, if done correctly, you scramble more in the first 10 years of your career than in the next 35. And guess what? That’s totally normal.
As you progress through this process, your jobs and positions get more and more specialized until you find your best fit. You then spend the next decades laser-focused at becoming the best in the world at what you do. Eventually, you hit a tipping point and skyrocket to the top of your industry because you’ve found this principle to be true:
There is always room at the top for those who love what they do.
And the best way to love what you do? Find something that aligns with who you are.
If you feel like you’re job-jumping an inordinate amount, never fear. It’s all part of the process of narrowing in on The Convergence. Now’s the time to scramble. Later is the time to stick.
P.S. You don’t need to leave your current organization to scramble. Turns out your organization likely has many different jobs to try out. Start where you are before looking elsewhere.
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