• Paul Rutherford


Updated: May 11, 2020

I ignored the best piece of career advice I was ever given.

A blue-chip corporation had asked me to join, offering a significant package, an impressive job title, bigger targets and increased responsibilities.

“Don’t worry about the money,” said my wise friend, “or the status or whether or even if you’re going to be successful. The question you need to ask yourself is ‘Where does it take me next?’”

I took the job. As a younger man with ambition surging through my veins, all I did focus on the dazzling temptation that was immediately in front of me. It led to a couple of years of frustration and the realization that I was on a path that I really didn’t want to follow.

(Then again, after a lot of recalibration, it led to unexpected outcomes which continue to enrich my working life almost 20 years later. But that’s for another post…).

Whether sought out or the result of invitation, a job move is a step along a path that has multiple forks at each point. For all the benefits to be had right now, eventually change will come knocking again – chosen or forced – and your options will be impacted profoundly by where you stand at that moment.

Before you take the step, pause to imagine how that may look.

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