Thursday, 19 February 2009

Calling a breakthrough!

There are always moments in any difficult, long or complicated task where you see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Career Management demands that a hugely complicated set of priorities are dealt with and there are low & difficult moments for many people. So when our greater objectives come into view - especially for the first time - it is worth pausing to recognise the breakthrough this represents.

[The sun sets on another average photograph]

I'm not in the habit of quoting him but Winston Churchill summed up a breakthrough perfectly when he said, "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

[For anyone who thinks that WWII & breakthrough moments in individual careers aren't an appropriate mix, here is something with a little less gravity but no less uplift. Amelia Earhardt said, "when all looked sour beyond words, some delightful 'break' was apt to lurk just around the corner."]

Whether it is learning something new from your job search & career research; having something confirmed to you by someone whose judgement you trust; or just a little good fortune that comes to you after weeks or months of making calls, attending meetings & networking: recognise & celebrate these breakthroughs when they happen. Think of them as reward for all of the hard work and effort that you have invested into managing your career and appreciate the part they will now always play in your future success.

This post is for everyone working hard for a breakthrough right now and all those who have recently made great progress!

All the best,


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