by Skip Cohen
"Nobody’s career honestly ever goes as planned. You’re going to hit a lot of bumps and rough spots that will seem impossible to resolve, but..."
I'm sure you've heard the expression, "everything always works out for the better" before. Over and over again in my career I’ve seen it proven. Whether things really work out for the better or it’s just the way we rationalize events in our lives, here are some of my own career benchmarks that demonstrate the point.
Okay, it’s a little bit of time stretch, but I was crushed when I lost the job of my dreams staffing for Polaroid. However, that one single change in my career path took me into a completely new direction, one I had never anticipated. That job led to working with some incredible people and building my "stash" of experiences, all while continuing to gain an invaluable understanding of the industry and corporate culture.
I’ve seen this scenario repeated over and over again in my life, both in business and personal situations and given the time and space I could probably give you another dozen examples, but here’s the point.
Nobody’s career honestly ever goes as planned. You’re going to hit a lot of bumps and rough spots that will seem impossible to resolve, but the reality is that everything you experience, good or bad, are building blocks to help make you stronger. Learn from each mistake. Build a network of friends and associates whose experiences you can learn from and then help somebody else when you see them going through a similar challenge.
While setbacks are disappointing, they’re nothing more than speed-bumps to let you know whatever the idea or project was, it wasn’t fully baked! Be patient, stay focused on your dreams and don't give up.
"Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown." Ross Perot
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