Career choices can be paradoxical. Whether you have made a choice or not is also a choice. When we look at the first two decades of a rather stable career in advertising that Roy pursued and the past four years when he struck it alone you can see the dichotomy panning out. Experimental learning helped him find growth in his first phase and later allowed him to leverage it in the next round.
Roy’s desire to tread a new path has yielded dividends for him. Like in relationships, seeking a divorce should be the last move, when all else has failed. If you search within, you might find ways of adding a “refresh dimension” to help fight ennui of predictability. An alternative course is to move the target itself, by finding a new job, and ensure every throw finds the desired destination.
Work towards making the most of what you have and ensure you exhaust all options of finding solutions at your workplace. Most of the success that we see around us comes from people who have actually converted the vocation they found into a newly discovered passion that drives them.You can then hit bull’s eye by relentlessly honing your skills and applying yourself to the task at hand.
An interesting caveat in making a career choice work is to recognise that not all are blessed with the opportunity of converting passions and interests, into a career that helps us earn our bread. While Pablo Picasso managed it admirably, even the great Expressionist master Vincent van Gogh could only sell two paintings in his lifetime.
By N S Rajan, Partner, Human Capital, E&Y
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