Tuesday, December 6, 2016

On Career Building

There's a way to approach a career - which you will hopefully realize and pursue with clarity and intention. Leave room for flexibility, but it's rarely an anything-goes model.

I'd liken careers to transactions, where you pay (your employer) with your mind, time, which is essentially your life (you pay with your life tho - that's crazy deep). You have with an agenda, idea of a big picture, and you understand what a job means to a career path - skills you want, skills you need, the logic, communication, analytical thinking, problem solving, negotiating and other forms of "muscle" building.

From a place of power and ownership, you are strategic, political about your career choices or jobs. With time, you understand what personal elements need to combine to tackle challenges, stretch yourself, achieve stimulation and states of flow. You're constantly evaluating, asking: what’s in it for me? In exchange for my mind, my time, how am I compensated for using my resources? Am I stocking up on skills for the next transaction? Or selling myself short, blindly following renumeration?

By none of your doing, as with the time and cycles of life, your mind will peak over a period. Definitely consider optimizing for crest and the interval before the trough.

For the most part, it would be naive to overlook the role of people connections: networks and mentors. And without leaving out authenticity, it's pertinent that you know what’s important to you, your values, the type of jobs you simply won’t take. In other words, take responsibility for finding out the most important thing for (you in building) your career, what and when to compromise. Assessing the skills you have, be confident about the value you bring, and knowledgeable about the companies that fit - who is interested in buying what you sell, or interested in selling what you're looking to buy. Transactions.

This outlook made me see that there was no more such a thing for me as I hate my job, which I admit I've dealt with in the past. If I didn't practice hatred off the job, why would I (find it) at work? It wasn't hard for me to get to the root cause. Since then, my response to my career choices would lean more towards being rational, and less towards impulse. As long as it was not violating my total state of health (physical, values and personal culture, human rights and ethics), what was there to be hateful about? Emotions I had a shrink for, objectivity I'd have to develop. At least, that’s how I've chosen to address it.

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