Question of the week #16
What do you perceive to be the biggest
hiccup/regret/mistake in your professional life? What caused it, and
what did you learn from it?
Before answering this question, I want to be clear that I am not a fan of looking back and doing a shoulda- coulda. I believe any decision that I made in the past was probably at that moment one for the right reasons. It is hard to go back and know exactly where your head was and the numerous reasons for that choice at that point.
So with that being said, I'd say that I tend to just move forward without giving things much thought. I have become much better at that over time. Yet for all the career decisions I made, many of them have been helpful as I do believe the dots always connect and you learn from each experience regardless if the experience was good or bad.
There have been many times over my career where I thought to myself, "I could do that", "why did I not go into the career instead", "I wish someone had told me that about that career because I would have been really good at that." But at this point it is irrelevant.
The biggest hiccup/regret/mistake I made was getting into bed with some really bad people when I worked in the garment center. I learned a lot from those mistakes. The other one is that I spent a lot of time being the number 2. I was so competent that I made up for all the number 1's mistakes but never got the applause I deserved. I learned from that too and made a conscious decision to resign from doing that ever again.
I feel very lucky that my career path has been a long roller-coaster. I stayed home for awhile with the kids and I am really glad that I did that. I always managed to keep my fingers in something evenw when I leaned towards home vs career at that point. Also, the road is long and I might be able to still pull off a few things that I still want to do, career-wise.