Whose Career IS It Anyway?

 
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In doing research for my upcoming workshop
5 Signs Your Career Is Stealing Your Soul – And How to Take It Back, I came across this quote:

“The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!”— Earl Nightingale (1921-1989)

I have had many moments in my long corporate career where I felt frustrated and angry with my employer for not taking better care of me and my career. I learned the hard way that to love my job and thrive in my career, I must embrace it as my own. The truth is, was, and has always been, my career is my responsibility. How absolutely freeing! I am not at the mercy of a corporate entity or a group of managers and executives! My career is not at the mercy of the current economy and election results. What a relief! And I have good news for you – YOUR career is YOUR VERY OWN.

You get to choose what skills to learn, what strengths to leverage, and for whom to work. And if you change your mind, or want to shift directions, you can make that choice and take the actions that make sense for you. So what will you do with your freedom?
What choice will you make today knowing that your career is YOURS? I invite you to share your thoughts below.

If you’re not sure what to do with your new found freedom, check out my post “Do You Have Career Independence?”

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Emily Sweeney, Chicago, IL

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