Those are the words of one of my greatest mentors. I think his words are even more relevant today than they were before.
During our careers we get caught up in taking the next steps up the rungs of someone else’s idea of what a corporate ladder looks like. Or, we become chameleons: acting and dressing and living according to others’ expectations (or even demands).
Yet at the beginning and end of each day we feel compromised or short changed. Until we realize the person we shortchange is ourselves.
If your professional purpose really is a matter of living up to someone else’s agenda, or purpose, then is your ennui, malaise, boredom, or even heartbreak worth it?
If it is not fun for you – today, tomorrow, anymore – then why keep doing it? What type of personal and professional outcome do you truly expect if your actions do not completely fulfill yourself?
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