The kinds of waves that make ships disappear

Too many of our career aspirations center around size and speed. 

Consider the language we use in reference to our professional endeavors. 

Opening big, going viral, taking off, making a splash, hitting the ground running and taking the world by storm, it seems that we all want immediate success with minimal effort.

Like that scene in the greatest children’s movie of all time. Veruca, the spoiled brat from across the pond, sings it:

I want the world, I want the whole world, I want to lock it all up in my pocket, it’s my bar of chocolate. Give it to me now! Don’t care how. I want it now. 

But most careers don’t work that way. Life asks us to patiently play the long arc game. To trust the tempo of the universe’s timing. To have faith that our steady and dedicated effort is taking us ever closer to our goal. 

Otherwise the alternative is burnout, disappointment and disillusionment. 

The good news is, when we gradually progress in our careers, step by step, inching our way out of the water a little bit at a time, we can’t really fall. Or if we do fall, we can’t fall that hard. Because our foundation is secure. 

And we’ve earned every piece of footing that we’re on.


Are you taking the long cut?

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Scott Ginsberg

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