Your career does not define you but your actions do

I started this website when I was at a cross-road in my life. Some of you might know the one. You realize that you’ve done reasonably well so far in your career, but you’ve spent the last 15 years of your career chasing one opportunity after the other, balancing someone else’s P&Ls, and helping someone else to manage their business. Running on the hamster wheel. You have more or less enjoyed your work (or not!), and have met some great people along the way, but now there’s this gnawing feeling of “what else is there?”. You may even have an existential crisis or two. If you’re a millennial, you probably already know that this is not an uncommon phenomenon for your generation. If you’re a Xennial like me, you’ve probably still got a handful of friends who’ve been at the same company for the last 15 years, but also friends who keep jumping at the next big opportunity. I don’t know the secret formula to a long, successful and fulfilling career.

What I do know is that there’s no right or wrong way of doing things. You are not defined by your career.

Photo by Clark Tibbs on Unsplash

This one cup can save the world

The quote “Be the change you wish to see in the world” is often wrongly attributed to Mahatma Ghandi, but this convenient bumper sticker slogan holds a certain amount of truth. It is aspirational and excitingly laden with hope.

There are some great TED talks out there on making a difference while making a living. I’m going to leave you with one that I listened to today by Audrey Choi – I’m totally that person who hopes that my one reusable cup may inspire others to use one too, and that this one cup may just cause some kind of ripple effect to save the world.

Today, we’ll do better

If you’re an individual, you can choose any time to find your true north in your career. Do it today. Do it now.

If you’re a business executive, now is the time to build your business case for better environmental stewardship in your organisation. Business heavyweights like Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Bill Gates are investing in sustainable innovation, greener supply chains and clean technology. Not to mention other household names like Ikea , Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Marks and Spencer and other companies on the Forbes World’s Most Sustainable Companies List – and it’s not just greenwashing, it’s an investment in the future.

 

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