The greatest benefit I got out of college was figuring out exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. SIKE! In fairness, I got plenty out of higher education, but I can’t say career clarity was tops on the list. Here are three lessons I’ve learned since graduation day that can help if you’re just starting out.
The achiever’s curse is running rampant. It seems to be targeting men, women, and now children between ages 5 and 60.
How do you know if you’ve caught it?
You have the achiever’s curse if you feel like you’re constantly behind.
It’s no longer perform in your role, and wait your turn to be promoted. It’s now perform and advance.
Advance to the next assignment, challenge, or opportunity that the company is chasing.
If you’re a high performer, you’re going to get asked this question:
“What do you want to do next?”
Are you playing Career Checkers, Chess, or Candy Land?
If having experience is a pre-requisite for getting more of it, how does anyone ever gain valuable experience?