It is quite a common practice to ask for career advice from our mentors, managers, friends and family and everyone else we think it matters to get their opinion on our career development plan. The list of people to ask can be really long actually, depending on our network and of course the attention we pay to this process.
Many times, while we know we followed this process right– reached the right people and got the best advice – we still find ourselves being confused on deciding what should be our next career move. And there are many reasons that can confuse us on analyzing all this feedback. Different people will have different experiences and so they will give us different perspectives. And that’s great… that’s what this is all about… enriching our experience through other people’s experience.
However, if you are still wondering why you’re not capable to conclude your analysis with the best choice, it is probably because you forgot to ask the most significant person: YOURSELF
Career advice is great but your career planning should also take into account what is your heart telling you about yourself. In business, as in life sometimes, we are afraid of hearing what our heart is calling as to do as there is usually not a lot or not at all rationality behind our guts and feelings. Indeed, it is irrational to think like this.
If your heart is yelling to you to do something then maybe this is the most rational thing to do. This is what you would commit all your efforts with passion and this is what you would be most motivated to do anyway, so what is really stopping you? That it doesn’t make sense? It doesn’t make sense…