Recently I watched one of the the most provocative TED talks that I have ever seen. It was done by Larry Smith- Economist and it hits the nail on the head of why many don't have the careers that they want. It all comes down to fear!
Watch the video here: http://www.ted.com/talks/larry_smith_why_you_will_fail_to_have_a_great_career?language=en
In listening to this it got my mind spinning and I started to question every career decision that I have ever made. Most of us are looking for the comfort of good pay, health benefits and a level of security in our careers.
Is that who we really are? A robot that just goes to the office and does the same thing day in and day out. We are taught at a young age to go from box to box to then being buried in a box. I don't like boxes. They are confining, brown, and overall not very pleasant. When I die, I don't want to be in a box, but that is for another post.
Each and every day, I ask myself what can I do to be better than I was yesterday. Hopefully when all those little changes add up, I will have created my own box or my own great career!
Don't get me wrong, I love my job and my career, I get to meet and speak with the most amazing people each and every day. I get to help people change their lives and I get to make many new friends, but I want to do be able to do it better!
I don't want to fail to have a great career! And you shouldn't either.
Don't settle for the mediocrity of the daily grind. Overcome your fears and make your career better. If you don't like your job, change your attitude. I am not saying that you need to pack up and quit and be left on the street with no money, benefits, and a spouse that wants to kill you, what I am saying is that in one second, one minute, or one hour in your current role, you can change it for the better. Change your attitude and overcome your fear and you will not fail to have a great career!
Managing Director at ZRG Partners, Global Executive Search Firm and Founder of Executive Athletes, the #1 based online community for executives who are athletes!