Time flies on a professional career and life path.
Often much of life gets set aside along the way, and some of that sacrifice is definitely worth it. There are other parts of life too precious to lose.
I haven’t publicly shared that much detail about my own path – the changes I’ve made, or why. I thought that hearing my story may help others realize the changes that are also available to them. I haven’t always done things right, or the easiest and fastest way. I guess that’s why I’m so committed to helping others do that differently! If you’ve reached a point of mid-career success, there is so much more to come – important choices to maximize your life experience.
In my last note, I wrote about one of the personal epiphanies on my own ‘road of professional evolution.’ Here is another one you may relate to:
Ah ha #2: time flies whether you’re having fun and experiencing true fulfillment – or not…
My mom was the pioneering professional woman who encouraged me to aspire to more, and live a full and happy life. She used to tell me “You can do and have anything you want.”
I believed her, and yet – as a refugee and immigrant making her way in a new country – her example was of hard work and sacrifice. She enjoyed and was proud of it, but between work and family, it left her with little time for herself or to pursue other interests and talents.
My mother, myself: I wasn’t sure how to approach life much differently.
She accomplished a lot professionally – the first woman anesthesiologist in NW Ohio – and built a successful medical practice. Pioneer that she was, she never saw the inside of the “physician’s lounge” because she was the only woman physician on the hospital staff. She worked in the same way well after we were all out of college, creating our own professional lives – in that typical “work until you retire and then wonder what comes next” fashion.
What came next was that she passed away prior to really fulfilling her own possibilities – or even figuring out what she really wanted for her life – after focusing on everyone and everything else around her for decades.
Because of that, her encouragement became my unspoken promise to her. It became my obligation to fully live the life she’d sacrificed so much for me to have, do meaningful work, and extract as much joy as possible… That life also had to include being generous and giving back. So I made changes to create that in my life and career. Helping others do the same is precisely what I focus on now. Because life really is too short not to experience as much of that as possible.
If any part of this resonates with where you are now, here’s what I know: you deserve to have
- a Clear Design that captures what you most want now for your life, work, relationships and preferred involvements
- a Customized Plan to put it in place quickly and easily (and overcome the challenges that can interfere), and
- the Confidence that comes from being prepared to move decisively in a more fulfilling direction
because the angst and waste of time that can otherwise result is definitely not a great use of your life energy.
So if you haven’t done it yet, click here to take my New Directions Quiz – it is a great first step to assess where you are on your own path, and where you may want to go next!
And if you have taken it, let me know what your best next move forward is toward what you really want for your life!
My commitment with the work I do now is to provide tips and information, and maybe a few stories periodically, to help you create a very full life using your own unique brilliance, interests and resources. And I’ll share when I have something coming up, or want to send along resources from other masterful colleagues I think might benefit you.
Do let me know what you think! I’m committed to making the world a better place, one exceptional life at a time – and your fulfillment is an important part of that.