Work on your career

I usually don’t spend a lot of time thinking about my career. It’s something that just sort of happens as we move from job to job over time. It might mean a new company, a move, a new position or new challenges and skills to learn. A career is something that you are just involved in, it happens whether we want it to happen or not. If you are working or being creative or doing anything at all, that’s a career.

The whole concept of a ‘career’ only comes up during year-end reviews or other rare events. But a career isn’t something you are just IN, it is something you should be working ON.

“Working on how you work”, feels very meta, I know, but let me give you a story that my father shared with me when I was a young man:

Two men, Bob and Jack, are wood cutters. In the morning, they head off into the woods and start their work cutting down trees and stacking logs. Bob notices that Jack takes lots of breaks. Every 30 minutes or so, Jack stops chopping wood and sits down to rest for 15 or 20 minutes. Bob is very frustrated by this and thinks that Jack is being lazy.

At the end of the day, they are counting up their results and Bob is astonished to see that Jack has been more productive. Bob cannot understand what has happened, Bob did not take breaks, Bob worked hard straight through the day. How can lazy Jack have been more productive?

On the way home, Bob cannot help himself and confronts Jack. “How did you cut more wood when you took so many breaks and were so lazy?”

Jack replies, “When I sat down, I was sharpening my axe.”

I want you to think of this web site as a place to sharpen your mind and goals. To think about your career so that you can be more productive, more successful and happier in your life.

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