In life, people are looking to move their professional career and personal selves forward, not backward. Greater successes, deeper knowledge, and valuable experiences make up the steps of forward movement through life. Yet when asked to accept a position below our qualifications to align oneself for future positioning, it’s hard to keep long term benefits top of mind. I find it to be really challenging to lower your standards on the front end of a deal, in order to reap the benefits on the back end.
Someone once said that you have to take two steps forward and one step back to achieve your goals. Or, something along those lines…pre-american idol.
I think this idea may be an important strategy to realize and act on your professional career accordingly. Sometimes sacrifice will make your long term experience worth while in the big picture. In contrast, another relatively intelligent old guy also said:
Because of these contrasting views, I am having a bit of an internal struggle. Recently I was offered a position that was below my qualifications, but had opportunity for exponential growth within the organization (and great perks too!). I want to justify accepting the position because of these future opportunities. I also realize that some of the forward movement may be momentarily put on hold.
Shout outs to:
1. AT&T: I hate you; I wasted half my day in your store and had nothing resolved…enough said.
2. Zycam Cold Remedy: I am begging you, please work. I don’t wanna be sick.
3. Thursday: for allowing Friday to follow you around. I love it when you do that.