Be Fearless and Vulnerable when Setting Career Goals

A few years back, I saw one of the biggest upsets in Wimbledon history when Raphael Nadal was beaten in the 2nd round by a virtual unknown named Lukas Rosol. The following morning there was much in the way of analysis and commentary about how Rosol could pull off the seemingly impossible. I believe a huge part of it was that he went out there without fear, unintimidated, and just went for it, unafraid to take chances. When you take this into account, the result wasn’t unthinkable. Playing it safe isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. The same can be said for how we approach our careers and professional goals. That’s not to say we shouldn’t spend time to thoughtfully plan and strategize. In fact, it would be foolish not to.

Lukas Rosol WimbledonThink about your career up to this point and see if there are times when fear and uncertainty have held you back. Have you ever felt stuck in a dead-end job because of a fear of taking a chance on pursing a job/career that was out of your comfort zone but on the other hand would feed your passion? Or did you ever forego further education that would qualify you for a more suitable job because you weren’t sure you could handle the extra workload?

It’s important to take some chances, to push ourselves, and fight through the fear and uncertainty in order to reach those career goals and dreams. I think it all boils down to this: when all is said and done and it’s time to look back on your career, will you regret the things you did or the things you DIDN’T do? Personally, I’d rather be vulnerable, take some chances, and risk failure vs. being stuck in comfort and fear. Soren Kierkegaard had it right when he said, “To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily.  To not dare is to lose oneself.”

 

Taking Dr. Seuss On Your (and my) Career Journey

 

There are a million motivational and inspirational books out there. But one of the best I’ve found is also one of the simplest. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss: insightful, wise, powerful, uplifting, universal, honest…and accurately reflecting the ups and downs and twists and turns in life. It’s the perfect book for anyone, but especially someone in a life/career transition who might be feeling a little frustrated or discouraged that things aren’t falling into place faster. ohtheplaces

The final part of the book goes like this: “You’ll get mixed up of course as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact and remember that life’s a great balancing act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98.75% guaranteed.)”

I think many of us can relate to those words of wisdom. So the next time you’re in a career transition, or even when you’re not, have Dr. Seuss nearby!

 

What I know for sure…

I love being a career coach, and mixing things up every now and again is a good thing. I also know for sure that life’s too short not to enjoy what we do. As such, I’m starting to write the next chapter in my career by working again with clients to help guide them in their career development! Coaching individuals who are in job transition, or are thinking about something bigger and better for themselves will be just one of my areas of focus.

This blog will be a resource hub for all things career. It will also incorporate a few of my other interests, including introversion, mindfulness, wellness, and diversity and inclusion, and how they all contribute to having an optimal professional life. I’ll be writing on this blog as much as possible, but also be sure to check out my new Instagram page for quick tips and inspiration! And stop by my LinkedIn page to learn more about my background and experience as a career coach.

Thanks, and let me know when I can help write the next chapter in your career!

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