Time has changed. A few decades ago, it is common for employees get promoted on a regular basis. At that period, they didn’t have to do anything to get promoted, except be present and not making a significant mistake. However, it also implies that the pace of their career progression was dictated by the company they worked for. Nowadays, the norm has changed. Currently, employees can be in charge of the rate of their own work advancement. But, on the other hand, they have to learn how to work harder and smarter, to avoid being replaced. Hence, today the opportunities are bigger, but so are the risks.
In order to successfully maneuver this condition, there is one crucial question that each of us need to have the answer to, i.e. “What should I do to reach my desired career goal?”. Apparently, to answer it, we need to answer another question, which is “What is my career goal?” or “What do I want to be?”. The reason being, the destination needs to be definite so that we can know whether we have arrived or not. For many of us, it is a longstanding question that we have been posing to ourselves, and as we age, hopefully we can answer it better.
To help us answer what we aspire to be, we can ask ourselves, “Is the work that I’m currently doing is really the kind of work that I’m passionate to do?”. If the answer is yes, usually we will be able to keep ourselves engaged with our work day in, day out – even in the course of unpleasant situations. But if not, then more often than not, we don’t have enough motivation to give our work the extra mile towards excellence.