The term “career” is a frequently interpreted and misinterpreted concept; it is often shrouded in mystery and taboos.
For example, when was the last time you discussed the term “career” with someone? Many people never have that discussion.
It is as if everybody implicitly agrees what a successful career is. Unfortunately, many people have a negative image of what a career is and connect it with ruthless and insensitive people who step on others to climb the career ladder.
However, career might as well be about your choice of job and lifestyle.
Whether you want to work as a farmer or an executive director in an international company or become self-employed is a question of making the choice that you feel good about and that best suits your life.
Career is a positive concept, which involves influence, power, joy, satisfaction, and personal development—and not just working late hours, incompetent managers, and missing quality time with your family.
I have had a habit of taking on almost impossible tasks—just to challenge myself to the max. That does not mean that everything I have done has been successful. However, the lessons I lea1rned have been invaluable. I have collected my most essential experiences, and in this book, I share the knowledge I accumulated from these experiences. The result is 10 essential pieces of career advice and techniques. They are quite simply about having the courage to take and control over your career.
You cannot avoid setbacks. The challenge is how you deal with the setbacks and focus on opportunities rather than limitations. I hope that my opinions and experiences will inspire and motivate you to take full responsibility of your own career and to encourage others to do the same. Enjoy!