I was just listening to this book on tape about Columbus. It seems that what he did courageously, that other sailors of his time didn’t do, was that he sailed away from shore. He sailed away from a nearby safe landing. It was apparently not blind luck to find the western hemisphere. He was part of a group who already thought the world was round.
So for you and your career are there some opportunities to take some chances, some educated guesses, that will help you move quickly towards your goals.
One thing I talk to my coaching clients about is that they should not wait for their ship to come in. They should swim out to meet it. That analogy yields a pretty good discussion of goal setting and strategy.
A similar idea is figuring out how to shed more light on a problem or opportunity. Again, with my clients, a good discussion ensues when I ask them how to find more information about their opportunity that will help them take advantage.
A third concept is finding a passion. The trouble is that life in North America is generally so good, that we don’t have to be passionate to generate energy to motivate us to work harder to achieve more. But, what if we were passionate about something? Could that passion be harnessed. Again, something I talk to my clients about. What narrow passion is going to fuel their efforts? It’s something they need to know.
Questions to consider. a] What are you waiting for, that you could swim out to meet, instead? b] What’s an opportunity that you don’t know enough about? What could you learn that would propel you forward? c] What could you get passionate about that would lead to getting something you want?