When you are 22, you have no idea what you would like to do when you are 40. You might more or less have an idea of what you want to achieve in the future, but you do not know what you will find enjoyable at 40. No one knows what they will like at 40 when they are 22.
When you are 40 years old, you are not even halfway through your career. At 40 some people in established careers achieve the leadership positions that they have worked for the last 20 years, but there is no guarantee of achieving this.
Your career should be seen as a marathon and not a sprint. This is why your career direction is the most important part of your career. It is even more important than goals. Before you know your career direction, you are just floating about. Before you know where you want your career to go, where you want to go with this career, you cannot be sure that you are building a good career.
Around 80 percent of what it takes to build a good career is a teachable skill, one that you are more than capable of learning.
The starting point is how well do you know yourself? Do you know your strengths and weaknesses? Do you know your interests, external and internal drivers? Do you know what motivates you? Do you know what you want from a career? Do you know what field you want to be in? Do you know what other fields you might be interested in?
At Yong we cover all the ways in which you can establish how well you know yourself and how to increase your self knowledge. We do this by asking insightful questions and giving you time to reflect on them in your own time.
Topic: The Leader In You