Bigger than the boardroom

I want to succeed in my profession. I want to reach the highest levels in my chosen career path – play at the top of the game. I want to hold the attention of an audience and be influential in my workplace and the community. I desire to be the best leader I can possibly be – maybe even the John C. Maxwell of my generation. Lofty goal, huh?

As I look at what success means for me, I find that the definition is ever-evolving. I’m reaching a point of trying to align my career goals with what I want most out of life.

I was recently given a career opportunity that could have paid off well over the next few years given my current positioning, but the more I looked at it, the more I realized that the value of the offer didn’t compliment the value of the things in my life that are bigger than the board room. How you define success will largely influence your career and life decisions.

As risky as it may sound, given the current employment climate, it is important for me to have my priorities in proper order and in full view when making decisions that impact their respective ordering and success. Of course, everything is replaceable: church, housing, community, good school systems, etc – but at what cost?

My personal story here is not unique. Many people, especially in my current world, are facing the same decisions – and they’re not easy ones to make. It’s quite difficult to decide against continuing a career in a different area when you are unsure where your next opportunity lies. But, on the other side of that decision is the knowledge that the choice being made rests on what is best for those bigger than the boardroom things: the health of your faith, family, community, etc.

I’ve been guilty of letting the priority of career jump ahead of all of that. If you’re like me, it’s a natural tendency and easy to justify. But since that is such a natural jump for me, I need to be aware of my choices, especially as they impact the people and things that matter most to me.

In your own pursuit of success, what criteria do you use in making career decisions?

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