Finding Your ‘Why’ is Crucial
It’s not the only thing that’s crucial, but there’s nothing more fundamental to a successful career than clarity and an abiding sense of purpose.
My search for my Why took far too long. As a very young man, I owned a business in Australia. Then, I studied overseas, spent some years in Africa as a minister of religion, then went on to an executive career in the US.
I rose to Senior Vice President and Chief Franchising Officer of a company that through franchising, I turned from an industry laggard into a world leader. But after a takeover, I experienced the toxicity that politics can introduce at the top. To find the fulfilment I wanted, I took a radical step.
Into the Wilderness
I had no interest in being a franchisee; however, the fulfilment that I saw many former executives gain on that path helped me decide to again become self-employed. I resigned to take time out and find a motivating new path of my own.
Finding the Path
I underestimated the challenges of the search. It took years. However, in helping others avoid harmful mistakes, I finally found the motivating path I was seeking. In 1992, I launched Australia’s first career management firm for executives and professionals.
Discovering Other Gaps
There was a lot to learn. Building a pioneering business can be immensely fulfilling but that’s partly because, like mountain climbing, it can be immensely challenging. Other gaps emerged, that have taken many years to resolve. Because at first, I didn’t even know they existed.
Yet the lessons those issues have supplied have been valuable beyond all expectations. They have enabled me and my colleagues to better support our clients, and to help thousands achieve the beautiful, life-enhancing harmony of fulfilment and freedom.
Your Way Forward
Experience can be an effective teacher. However, its price is exorbitant. Through inexperience, misinformation and/or disinformation, many people undergo loss of savings, health, peace of mind or precious relationships. Sometimes of all of them. It’s wise to learn from the experiences of others.
For our clients, my colleagues and I become essential team members, especially in early stages. We are not restricted by the perspectives and agendas of accountants, lawyers, investors, business brokers, recruiters or other intermediaries. Our agenda is holistic – to help our clients take the path that’s best for them, in the most effective way.
In fact, while many of those who are unsatisfied with their careers need to become self-employed, many others should avoid it. And some should take a hybrid path, at least as a transitional phase.
We all need to know ourselves, understand what fulfils us, and learn how to gain it without unnecessary risk. We address these ‘missing pieces of the puzzle’ so that our clients gain the clarity and the comprehensive approach they need.
If you’re unsure what direction is right for you, or would value support in taking it effectively, please reach out for a conversation. It might be the most important step you can take.