I get asked how one should move on in their career in the Broadcast business – go from Assistant to AE, AE to Manager, TV Sales to Agency Account Manager or even how to be a Consultant. I am amazed at the frequency I am asked.
Typically I ask why they want to change and I get the same “deer in headlight” look and, typically, it isn’t that they want to do those new jobs. It’s that they don’t want to do what they are doing today. Going “away from” rather than “going to.”
I learned the hard way. I kept aspiring for “more” and never really defined what that was for me. I thought the Corporate ladder was “more” which meant I allowed myself into letting them define “success” for me. Most of the jobs I had I really disliked but felt I had to do them to “succeed.”
Friday at 6p was my favorite time of the week and Sunday night I began dreading Monday. Does this sound familiar to you?
If it does you may want to consider what I tell those who ask me how to move on in their career. Find YOUR definition of “success” consistent with your values, what keeps you inspired and motivated and brings you and your family joy and pursue your passion. Don’t look back and don’t stray because life is much shorter than you think. Easier said than done but when you do Friday = Monday.
C’mon. You can do it. What is YOUR passion?