Luck vs preparation? I have spoken with many professionals about the role that each played in their career, and I have yet to find someone who attributes their success all to luck.
Many professionals see a direct correlation between the actions they have taken and the progress they have had in their careers. As they sought new knowledge or additional skills, it led them down further down their career path and opened new doors for them. The common theme among these individuals is the effort they made to continue growing rather than becoming complacent or stagnant.
Several professionals commented on how they don’t believe in luck. However, they do recognize God’s providence in leading them to the right role at the right time. One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” It seems that many others share this sentiment.
We all want more of something from our careers, and we are all responsible for taking an active role in achieving that something. Yet, we cannot do it by shear will. We must quiet ourselves and listen for the nudges that come from deep within. So often, those are the guiding signals that help us find our way.
As you think about what you want in your career in the next year, think about two things:
1. What action will help you bring this vision to reality?
2. How will you quiet yourself to hear the whispered voice directing you?
Lesley provides individualized coaching to professionals who are seeking greater satisfaction in their careers. She helps them uncover their God-given gifts, name their non-negotiable values, and align their career path with those gifts and values to have a greater impact on the world. Lesley has helped professionals from many different fields, including IT, healthcare, and education. Schedule a free introductory session with Lesley today to grow more deeply in your career or to make a shift into a role or industry