Posted on Jun 05 2013

Career How-To: Seize the Day!

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Are you working to live, or living to work?

I’m not a career counselor or a life coach, nor have I spent any time in the HR office (thank God). But, over the years, I certainly doubted  and questioned aspects of my career, as well as coached and mentored  hundreds of new employees the solicited my sound advice.

When I faced some of these choices: staying put, changing course, or pursuing alternative opportunities, I created a method which has proved highly effective to this day.  As my career continues to evolve and I build my own business, adjustment and evaluation have been healthy, progressive cornerstones of my success.

All I needed was my legal pad and some serious self-reflection time.


If what you’re doing today won’t lead you to your ideal tomorrow, then your current job becomes a stepping stone, and this evaluation becomes motivation to pursue “tomorrow.”   I am a firm believer in visualizing where you want to go.  If you can see yourself at the next level, your chances of getting there are very high.

The second step in my evaluation process is listing out the pros and cons of today’s job.


The sooner you begin your evaluation, the sooner you can take control of your career’s trajectory.

Some  useful questions to aid in the process: What do you really want to do? If that is too difficult to answer, what do you like doing? What are you really good at? What makes working fun? It could be any number of things including leading people, learning a new trade, developing a new product, interacting with other businesses…..

Once you identify your passions, you can align them with your pursuit of industries or careers. Play to your strengths. It’s rarely, if ever a perfect match, but striving for perfection will eventually land you close enough to your ideal “tomorrow” if you continue to evaluate and project.

It’s important to avoid complacency and comfort.  Get into the habit of challenging and questioning your current position and where it may  take you in the future. Going with the flow can be effective during certain situations, but sometimes it’s better to check the map and make sure you aren’t heading over a waterfall.

What are some of your career turning points and what drove you to them? Tell me about it on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter to stay updated.

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Loretta Soffe - Principal