The other day I was reading an article from J.T. O’Donnell (CEO of CAREEREALISM Media), on how top talent understand that they are working “with” a company as opposed to “for” them. The full article can be read here.
What I found most compelling about the read was how it resonated with something I’ve observed about talent across the broader marketplace:
Most people are afraid to lose their jobs. They are afraid of change. They are afraid to push themselves. And to be honest, there are some very good reasons for this. People have bills, families (dependents), and lifestyles to maintain. As such, it is easier to stay in a bad situation that has job security than it is to branch out and risk failing.
Security (in essence) becomes more important than broader career success.
1. Broadly defined in my case as maximizing career earnings.I want to be successful. 1 Actually, I *need* to be successful. At least once every ten days I wake up in a cold sweat having had a nightmare about failing. Failing to reach my goals is literally more terrifying for me than the prospect of not trying for them.
For others that may be like this, I want to tell you to go for it. Don’t be afraid to fail. Life is full of variance – situations in which you can make one decision or another, and then based on factors beyond your control something will happen that dramatically impacts the trajectory of your life.
Free yourself to understand that success is about being comfortable with uncertainty, and mitigating the risk of failure by working harder and being better prepared than everyone else. Make contingency plans. Think several moves ahead.
…And then step off the deep end. Do things other people aren’t doing. Push yourself.
Find out how deep the rabbit hole goes. All of the great successes of our time do this. That’s one of the key things that makes them successful.
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