How to save yourself (or others) from a disappointing career

April 18, 2015



Today I want to focus on the concept of “personal career success" or Why personal career success beats objective career success every time.

In my job, I have a lot of discussions with people about their careers. I noticed that the self-employed people I know have usually decided to go for what they truly want out of their careers in the long run. Only last week I was confronted with how difficult this seems to be for people that are employed in what often are companies with a strong brand and reputation. I had a number of HR employees tested with our CareerCoach® instrument and found that they had a hard time defining their own personal goals, as well as a high need for recognition, (either financial or psychological). Furthermore, they seemed to be focused on remaining a member of that particular company because of the status and stability it gave them.

Imagine what this perspective on their career will lead to in the long run. How can you build a satisfying career when you are:


I think objective Career success (= Success as it is perceived by others, based on your title, number of people you lead, the size of your company car or other external visible signs of success) has dominated our thinking about careers long enough. We all have to work for a long time, and we may as well have a true connection with what we do for a living. Personal Career Success is what makes you get up every morning to go to work and what truly motivates you. I think you had better look for what holds intrinsic motivation to you and build your career around these foundational values.

Here are some tips I want to share with you on how to do just that:

Building your career based on personal career success is gratifying beyond other kinds of success anytime!

Lesley Vanleke


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