Every defensive driving program will invest a great deal of the course on prevention and defensive driving techniques, such as reversing a skid, proactive positioning to avoid a catastrophe.
Careers have skids and rollovers too, but who teaches us how to avoid these? Our grandmothers? Our academic mentors? I doubt it since every route is unique and we all drive differently and in custom career vehicles.
Less than a year ago I joined a group of highly respected professionals and experts in their own proven accords in the name of creating something bigger, bolder and better than ever seen before. We became a group of individuals amalgamating our separate dreams to feed a mutual fantasy.
When this ride began I hadn’t contemplated the importance of wearing my seatbelt, but I did strap it on in the name of caution for the unknown and recollection of past crashes. As drivers of our own careers and power vehicles, we like to believe that the idiots who cause crashes wear faces of others–some we recognize, but most we do not. In this process we preserve our hope and transfer our faults onto the faceless losers that can carry the fault of the situation they don’t often know they were granted by us as we fail to get to our destinations.
At this stage in my endeavours to launch this project I wish I could brag of some insanely impossible successes that I just happened to be a leader of, but I cannot. Truth is the process has been less than pretty. Most days I feel a sense likened to skidding out of control, but worst of all I feel this lack of knowing how best to contend with the sliding all around me, and blaming faceless idiots won’t help me gain control. I must do this myself in the face of my own survival–my career mortality, because at the end of the day I either pull into the garage or I end up in despair.
Career success depends much on our choices, but much of our growth comes in the challenges of learning how to contend with the unplanned, the surprises and the frustrations out there on the road. Ask anyone you deem as a true success what one event positioned his path to success. Likely, this achievement will be tied to a crash (or defeat) of some sort. And from that pile of rubbish rose the determination and growth required to make the changes and reposition into the home stretch.
So keep wearing the seatbelt, because it does save lives, but when the idiots obstruct your clarity, don’t discount the value in the flames and the residual ashes.
Best in success,