This is obviously a follow up to Making Your Own Destiny. That entry was very autobiographical and walked through some tough career choices that I’ve made over the years. Each choice was fairly close to a major shift in my life that included milestones like college graduation, moving to another city, or starting a family. Each shift in my life along with a career move added some stress and uncertainty plus challenged me to go beyond where my comfort zone was or even where I’d envisioned my life going.
There’s the cliché that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence. There’s also the sentiment that something worth doing is worth doing right and that good things don’t always come easily. When you’re making a decision that has a lot of significance in your life it’s worth thinking the whole thing through and trying to take some emotion out of it. I know a good number of people who have made job changes over the last several years for a variety of reasons. Some of those were right for them and for the right reasons. For others, it really wasn’t. I also know a few people who have seen a need or situations that need addressing and have run right at the challenge. By doing so, they took on a bit of political risk but are also solving those challenges while doing some interesting work they enjoy.
If you’re considering a major change in your life or want to do something you’re passionate about then consider it carefully. Chances are good that there are multiple ways to get to the end state and that some may be better than others. The route you take should be one that not only gets you what you want but strengthens who you are in the process. It should be for the right reasons and not be a snap decision. Your life is a journey that can have some inflection points and even some tipping points that cause you to move in one direction or another. Not all of those are in our control, but where you go from each focal moment certainly can. take control of each aspect that you can because in the end, you’re the one that has to live your life.