Nobody else has a claim to your career. Nobody else has a say in your personal or professional development. Nobody else can decide what you should or shouldn’t do, what you should or shouldn’t learn, or whom you should or shouldn’t network with.
You may know the importance of owning your career and do it – or think you do it – to some degree. But chances are good that you still surrender a great deal of control over your career development.
If anyone is exerting any bit of control over your career, wrest it away from them – NOW!
Don’t wait – the biggest thief of all is default. Simply waiting for the right time, opportunity, direction, or price can be seductive. Waiting can turn weeks into months, months into years, and years into lost opportunities and quiet desperation, stuck in an unchallenging job well below your potential.
There is no longer any such thing as a “career path.” That smooth, step by step, clearly understood process is past tense. What you face now is a career rock climb – jumping from precipice to precipice. You have to let go of the secure, safe spot to get to a higher, more secure, safer spot.
You must be willing to be tethered only by self-confidence, as well as your ability to learn, grow, and tap into your unending potential.
How You Can Own Your Own Career:
- Stop waiting! Take charge and chart your own course.
- Take responsibility for where you are and where you will be in 5, 10, 20 years.
- Identify the skills and competencies you need and the ones you’d like to have.
- Find out where to get those skills and get them.
- Keep in mind – it’s your career at risk. Step up. Take ownership.