Thursday, April 28, 2016

What I've learned about careers from the Wizard of Oz

In the movie the Wizard of Oz, Glinda advised Dorothy to start at the beginning and follow the yellow brick road to reach her goal. When Dorothy hesitated from uncertainty, Glinda again urged her to follow the yellow brick road.

I’ve had the opportunity to learn about the career paths of many individuals along my journey to this point, and what I’ve learned is:

  • the path each person’s yellow brick road takes on can look quite different.
  • you may not always know what your next step may be, or when or how your next opportunity will show itself.
  • to be patient and enjoy each leg of the journey, taking the time and opportunity to learn the lessons that are presented along the way.
While some may look back over their careers at some point, and see a pretty clear and traditional path, others may encounter detours, opportunities, and career changes that make the road behind them winding.

When we’re unsure of what our next step might be, or of how to continue to grow, we need the Glinda’s in our lives, our families, our friends, our mentors we meet along the way, to learn from, and to guide us. These are the people who believe in our potential — the ones who push us to keep moving forward, to continue putting one foot in front of the other in order to forge our own path.

I’ve come to realize that I don’t know, what I don’t know yet, and that will perpetually be the case. And while I may not know exactly where my yellow brick road will lead me, I’m eager to learn new things, to grow professionally and personally, to meet new people, and to do it all, as Dorothy did, in great shoes.