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Are you climbing the right mountain?

July 17th, 2013 · No Comments

I have to admit that I’m a driven individual. I’m ambitious and competitive. However, I also consider myself highly ethical. The result is internal conflict – I tend to fight against myself – I want to move up the ladder but I also don’t want to play the politics.

I struggled. I had my moments of frustration, doubt and anger. But, I also persevered. In the past six months, I found myself getting promoted twice. Today I’m in charge of a half billion dollar business with a large team.

I can handle the job. But, here is an interesting lesson I want to share with you. I’m not sure I want to continue to do this job for a long time no matter how successful I am. In a large organization, I spend a lot of time to deal with politics and “play the game” in order to get things done. A lot of people at VP level or above are all about themselves – they are egotistic, clueless, and malicious. It’s not fun to be around these people.

My sweet spot is medium sized, high growth organization, or late stage start-up. A big realization I had recently is that I need to make sure I’m climbing the right mountain. My goal, value, strength, and passion need to be aligned in order for me to be happy.

If you are a driven individual who is trying to “get somewhere” in your career, I strongly encourage you to ask yourself the question “am I climbing the right mountain?”

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