Published on August 6th, 2018 by Alan L. Sklover
“Never treat anything you do as a steppingstone. Do it fully, and follow it completely.”
– Mira Nair
Sometimes clients mention to me that they are taking a certain job only as a steppingstone to another job, that is, building their resume so that they can eventually get the job they really want. I understand that approach to career planning, and I don’t think there is anything wrong with it. Unless, for that reason, they fail to fully engage in the job they are taking, fail to do all they can do, and thus fail themselves in the process. It is the fully-engaged experience on a job that offers you new and different skills, insights, understandings, and relationships, that is, the true “steppingstones” to your development. The fully-engaged experience might even make you decide to change your career path or goal. Don’t shortchange yourself by failing to appreciate how valuable it is to fully engage in anything and everything you do. Especially at work, and in matters of your career.
This quote was sent to us by Brandon T., of San Marcos, Texas, “just south of Austin.” Much appreciated, Brandon. If you would like to submit a proverb, quote or thought, please submit it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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