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Career Opportunities All Around You: Using Your Current Career as a Springboard to Something Better
By Joel Garfinkle
Striving for “something better” is an innate driving force in human beings. In motivational theories, this is often referred to as self-actualization. We are creatures who always work hard to do better and become the best individuals we can possibly be. However, when talking about careers, something better is too often thought of as being attached to too much risk. Because of this perceived risk, we settle for where we are professionally. However, a new career opportunity doesn’t mean you have to leave your current career to find an even better opportunity. Instead, excelling in your current job can be the catalyst to new career opportunities.
Take a look at my own career as one example of using your current career as a springboard into something better. I went from being an executive coach, to an inspirational speaker, to a top-selling author! I leveraged my years of experience as an executive coach to open up career opportunities as an inspirational speaker. By excelling as a coach, I became an expert in my field. I became highly sought after as an executive coach and had amazing success with individual clients.
Through becoming an expert executive coach, I created systematic processes for my work, such as my step-by-step executive coaching process and PVI-Model for career advancement. Companies saw my success with individual clients and wanted me to touch people on a larger scale. Thus was the birth of my inspirational speaking career! My excellence in executive coaching opened career opportunities as an inspirational speaker. I then further leveraged my career as an inspirational speaker into career opportunities as an author, with seven books including Getting Ahead and Executive Presence.
You too can have the same success leveraging your current career to create a new one. When you become an expert in your field, others will seek you out. This opens up new career opportunities that you likely haven’t even considered. These career opportunities are all around you. The added benefit is you don’t have to leave your current career to take advantage of these new and exciting opportunities. This reduces the risk you face when moving on to “something better.” Excel in your current career and keep your eyes open to those opportunities when they present themselves.
Copyright © 2012 Joel Garfinkle, All Rights Reserved. Joel Garfinkle is recognized as one of the top 50 coaches in the U.S., and the author of 7 books, including Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level. He has worked with many of the world’s leading companies, including Google, Deloitte, Amazon, Ritz-Carlton, Gap, Cisco, Oracle, and many more. Subscribe to his Fulfillment at Work Newsletter and receive the FREE e-book, "41 Proven Strategies to Get Promoted Now!"
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