It’s 2:22 a.m. as I sit down to write this. And I have a 5 hour drive ahead.

So I will be brief.

This morning I want to write about career ownership. This topic is top of mind for me because – both as a function of my personality and because I am in HR – I spend a lot of time talking people about their next steps. Sometimes people are optimistic about this topic. Sometimes they are apathetic. And sometimes they are bitter.

No matter which attitude they possess, however, the one thing I always try and encourage them to have is a sense of personal agency. It is our nature as individuals to want to make progress in all aspects of our lives, but we are not always sure of how to do so (or even aware that we can).

Sometimes to get what we want out of our careers we need change nothing and must only be patient. While other times the change we seek will never come without action on our part. But it is important to remember that we can always exercise a degree of control in this respect.

…I’m out of time. Gotta go. But I just wanted to share a few thoughts here this morning.

Own everything you do. At the end of the day you’re responsible for managing your own career. A good employer / Manager / HR Business Partner / friend or colleague will help with it, but nothing is guaranteed in this respect. So find comfort and confidence in the fact that it’s on you. 

And you shouldn’t want to have it any other way.

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