The Road to Success…Is Always Under Construction *
If the 20th-century career was a ladder that we climbed from one predictable rung to the next, the 21st-century career is more like a broad rock face that we are all free climbing. There’s no defined route, and we must use our own ingenuity, training, and strength to rise to the top. We must make our own luck.
I recently found the above quote in an article entitled, “Are You Ready To Be Lucky?” by Jocelyn K. Glei.
I thought it was brilliantly written and echoed what I, too, have been finding to be true in my own career. When success comes quickly, as a result of hard work meeting opportunity, one tends to forget that it may not always continue on trend. While one success often leads directly into the next – visitors such as complacency, burn out, self-doubt and too much information can disrupt the home that success has inhabited up to that point.
Like me, most people do not “hit the big” time based on one idea, achievement or skill (e.g.: Mark Zuckerberg). We were not born knowing what we wanted to do, and we tend to take a more circuitous route toward building skills, exposing ourselves to new opportunities and hoping to find our professional/personal purpose.
In a recent article published by the Harvard Business Review – University of Chicago economist, David Galen, is cited as saying that “…In a world where early achievers are so lavishly rewarded, it’s hard to maintain confidence if your process is a slower and more deliberate one“.
I have always been a late bloomer, and I am only recently realizing that any professional successes I’ve enjoyed have also arrived at their own pace and have not always followed a very logical path. Nor were they exactly random, either. Rather, any goals I have accomplished resulted from building on past successes, being open to new directions and focusing on my strengths when evaluating any new opportunities which arise. The power of people who trust and believe in you should not be discounted either. In fact, I fell into project management after a 4-year bumpy ride through training and development, sales and account management; project management has been the catalyst which has led me into education and only God knows where from here. And, I’m sure I am not alone.
But it’s not easy traveling down the roads of patience, calculated risk and uncertainty for a Type P like me.
But, I must trust that these mile-markers will lead me to powerful new personal and professional breakthroughs as long as I don’t allow the hurdle of self-doubt to slow down my ride. And, when all else fails, remind myself that:
I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it. ~ Jonathan Winters
Wishing You Success,
Author’s Note: The title is derived from the quote, “The Road to Success…Is Always Under Construction” and attributed to Lily Tomlin.
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