Mitch Joel has a terrific post on how a career is not a straight line – it never was, and certainly is not now.
Here’s the thing: people want guarantees: if I go to school and get a degree, I get a good paying job, right? If I work hard my whole life, I’ll have a pension, right? If I do everything my boss tells me, I’ll get that promotion, right? I’ve been fortunate enough to have met some of the most fascinating musicians, artists, thinkers, authors, business leaders and politicians. I don’t take that gift for granted. If there’s one thing that has become abundantly clear to me, it’s that the most successful people I know have had very squiggly careers. No linear paths and no constant and consistent ascents. It’s been bumpy, weird, strange, funky and all-around fascinating.