Have you ever heard a child list off all of the things they want to be when they grow up? As a kid I wanted to be an actress and a flight attendant … at the same time. My brother wanted to be a farmer, a fireman, and a dad. He accomplished one of those objectives. Both my daughter and son want to be moms. Very flattering of course.
As we continue through our education we still have many career objectives. In high school acting was still at the forefront but once I entered college I thought I needed a more marketable degree so I decided to study Political Science with the intention of entering law school. During a constitutional law class I cried my way through a final to a passing grade. Law wasn’t for me. From there I decided to focus more on the poli sci career track. I worked on several campaigns and in the end discovered you work 100 hours a week for a very meager salary and absolutely no job security.
Over the last 10 years my career has navigated through a series of sales and marketing jobs. Through process of elimination I finally found a career path I was comfortable with and a job I’m excited about. It did cause me to question, “What next?”. I had spent years working towards the next career objective and now I had reached the end of that path.
But what a leadership role has taught me is that I’m now responsible for helping others discover their journey. As a leader your focus is no longer where you go next, but where you take your team. You’re responsible for building an organization that thrives and contributes. As a leader your success is measured by the success of your team. You’re no longer responsible for just your career objectives but the career objectives of every single person on your team. It’s a thrilling journey with endless opportunity. And perhaps you’ll discover some new career objectives along the way.
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