Career Strategy Demystified to One Page

Life is too precious not to be thoughtful and deliberate about how you allocate your time, talent and treasure. Managing a career can be a complicated topic with many aspects to coordinate and consider. The path we choose and the decisions we make each day have a significant influence on our health, happiness and prosperity.

Surprisingly, how to approach career strategy effectively is rarely taught in schools at any level. Organizations are not in the best position to offer a comprehensive curriculum given that career strategy starts with understanding who you are at a deeply, personal level. The topic we all struggle with had to be demystified.

In 2008, I authored a framework of seven connected strategies to give professionals a process for answering critical questions and shaping their mindset. I continue to evolve it as I learn new ideas and experiences in a new phase of my life.

Download the Career Strategy Framework one-pager for a seven step roadmap.

Even in the light of daily chaos and uncertainty that surrounds our life, there is a sense of calmness and confidence when you have a deliberate and strategic career direction. Start the journey to reach your full potential – we only get one shot.

How do you feel about your answers to the seven questions?

Target a Unique Path That Is Within Your Control

The virtues of Stoic philosophy remind us that peace and tranquility is deep rooted in focusing on what is in your control. That requires our mind to filter out what we are not responsible for. This produces clarity of thought and focus to make quality choices. Therefore, we are best served when we target a unique career path that is our choice and within our control. This cannot be taken away from you.

Remember: you are responsible for your career – not your boss or the company you work for. Letting external forces and entities decide your path will only disrupt your serenity and constrain your freedom. Only you know how the combination of your unique talents can be best allocated to reach the highest potential of life.

Once you decide a unique path that is yours, embrace Seneca’s idea of euthymia – “believing in yourself and trusting that you are on the right path, and not being in doubt by following the myriad footpaths of those wandering in every direction”.

Superior performance in our careers does not come from following others into markets where there is abundant supply and lack of barriers to enter those markets at will. Avoid the distractions of the day to keep your focus on the path you control. Stay the course, while navigating through external forces and events that will cross your path. This strategic choice of your unique path is what can fuel your freedom and happiness.

Strategies for Finding Your Life’s Task by Robert Greene

The Know and Target strategies of the Career Strategy Framework set the foundation for finding and activating your unique path. It requires deep introspection of who you are and using unique talents and what you love to target a specific market. It’s a continual process of adapting to the rapidly changing external business environment and where you are in life.

Robert Greene is a master strategist that delves deep into finding your life’s task in his book Mastery. In this YouTube video, he talks about his core ideas for making the most important decision of your life.  Learn why he believes that if you are following everybody else you are in trouble. The discussion starts at 21 mins into the video.

On this first day of 2019, take some quiet time to reflect on your 2018 journey and where you want to go in 2019. The choice is yours – follow your unique path to freedom.

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