When I was a little girl, my father used to love to ask me, “Nancy, what do you think you’ll be when you grow up?”
I remember wanting desperately to answer his question with something impressive. But truthfully, I didn’t know what to say. I was a well-rounded, happy-go-lucky girl, with lots of friends, good grades and a variety of activities that I liked to do.
However, when it came to a future career direction, I was at a loss. So I’d giggle, bat my eyelashes and promptly change the subject.
Over time, I became a pro at “changing the subject.” I bounced from career idea – to career idea – to career idea, all the while thinking that my elusive passion would eventually surface and point me to my career holy grail.
Knowing where to find trustworthy information about career options can be a challenge. That’s why I wanted to share this information about a helpful new addition for your reinvention toolkit.
I have a favor to ask of you …
When you think, dream or ponder your semi-retirement career, what questions come to mind?
What concerns do you have?
What information would you find most helpful – inspirational success stories, information about courses, help with figuring out what you want to do or ___________(fill in the blank)?
While I normally write about career issues, this little tidbit I recently heard on NPR about how to undo a sent e-mail is simply too good not to share.
I mean, let’s be honest. Who among us hasn’t experienced that sinking “Oh @*$#!!!” feeling when we realized that we hit the send button just a wee bit too soon? And besides, think of the humiliation it could potentially save you in your professional life!
What’s the single biggest factor in career and reinvention success?
Smarts? Pedigree? Connections? Education? Hard work and sacrifice?
All of these factors are undeniably important. But nearly two decades experience as a career coach has taught me that the single most important element behind career and reinvention success is a positive attitude.
As Shawn Achor writes in his international bestseller, Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change, “Only once we learn to see the world through a more positive lens can we summon all our motivation, emotion, and intelligence to achieve our personal and professional goals.”