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What Will You Do If Your Career Strategy Fails?

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Are you in full stride for your career? Have you been thinking about making a change? It is common to feel indecisive or stuck. Have you thought about what you’ll do if your career strategy fails?

Nearly everyone has jumped out of something. They’ve left the meeting early, dropped a class in school, or given up on a personal relationship.

They’ve bailed.

Getting In or Getting Out

Getting involved in something is easy. You raise your hand, give a nod, or click to sign up. What do you do if you want out?

Most people who walk into a room, leave by the same door. Jump in your car, you get out the same way you got in.

In our career, we’re told, “Don’t burn your bridges.”

If you’re unhappy there is a way out. It may very well be through the same door you got in. Do you want to bail or is it just a rough patch?

What Matters Most?

Organizational culture matters. Your boss matters. Neither usually change easily or quickly. Both are common reasons for leaving.

What if you decided that leaving didn’t support your long-term strategy. Could it make more sense to tough it out? What can you learn from any adversity connected to the situation? Is there something to value about staying a little longer?

It’s a tough spot. Do you feel like your career strategy is off? Does it feel like things have broken down and are not repairable?

A bump may not be failure.

Career Strategy Fails

What causes people to leave the meeting, drop a class, or walk-out on a relationship that may not be perfect? Often, there is a time to move on. The best question may be, “Is it now?”

Here are my thoughts. Don’t stay because you feel that you don’t have a choice. Don’t go just because you can. Remain connected to your strategy for growth.

Happiness matters, but a couple of bad days may not be a sign that your strategy is failing.

Don’t sacrifice long-term goals for short-term feel goods.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Front Runners Are Hard To Catch

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You have lofty goals, big dreams, and a desire to get there fast. Do you have energy and time in your favor, or is it a lost cause? Can you catch the front runners or should you quit?

Unless you are starting something completely new, you were already behind when you started.

You decide to start a coin collection. Someone who has been collecting for years already has some of the rarest.

You want to start a YouTube channel featuring technology product reviews. It has already been done and they have many subscribers.

There is a charity half marathon connected with your employer. You want to be the best competitor in your company. Your coworker started training for it three months ago.

The picture seems clear. Nearly anything you are about to start has already been started by someone else. Does this cause you to think about quitting or does it provide energy to pull you even harder in your pursuit?

Winning From Behind

It has been said before many times. “Winners never quit and quitters never win.”

Certainly not every endeavor, every desirable pursuit, or every notion that you can do something more will work out with ease. You may have accepted that when you started. Is it time to quit?

Hard to catch doesn’t mean impossible to catch. If you quit, starting something new will likely mean that the next thing you start, you’ll already be behind.

Motivation often has to do with self-efficacy. The best way to improve self-efficacy and your motivation is to effectively manage your goals.

Front Runners

If you are going to catch the front runners, your first goal should be to become a runner. Then it should be to become a better runner than you were the day before.

The key is measuring progress step by step, compared to your level, not the front runner. Each successive small win will help build self-efficacy.

Looking to the front of the pack and deciding you’ll never get there is what causes many people to quit.

The first horse out of the gate doesn’t always win. The fastest car doesn’t always cross the finish line. The team ahead at half time doesn’t always win the game.

Good starts matter, but where you start is not where you’ll finish unless you quit.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten RespectNavigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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