…players do.” – Author unknown.

I don’t know who the author of today’s quote is, but credit goes to Tim Tyrell-Smith over at Business 2 Community for introducing me to it in a piece he wrote here.

…I shared this piece of advice (and article) with an HR friend after he vented some of his frustrations to me over the weekend about his career.

Over the years I’ve kept in contact with about a dozen people from my grad school cohort (mostly HR) via monthly calls/chats, and this conversation was one of many I’ve had about learning/development/compensation/best practices etc. These discussions have been enormously valuable to me on both a personal and professional level, and I recommend everyone stay in close contact with peers in their career function regardless of geography.

With that said, the tenor of the most recent conversation here bothered me. I thought on “why” this was and eventually realized it boiled down to a comment he’d made during the discussion. ”My boss is ruining my career.” he’d said.

Everyone has setbacks – personally and professionally – but his lack of personal agency here was deeply disturbing.

…I’m not saying that you can be anything you want to be and do anything you want to do. The practicality of one’s goals can vary dramatically by their scope, one’s personal circumstances, and dumb luck. On the other hand, we can all make things a little bit better for ourselves each and every day.

So as we get started this week, let’s look around ourselves for opportunities to make things better. Maybe the only steps you can take right now are small steps… but take them.

At the end of the day, you’re in charge of your career.

…Or maybe I have this wrong.

As always, please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Happy Monday,


P.S. Limited access to e-mail so I wrote this one from my cell phone. Please excuse any formatting issues. ^_^