PUBLISHER'S GOOD WORD
“The line between failure and success is so fine… that we are often on the line and do not know it”.
Elbert Hubbard – American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher
After 30-plus years in the work force, I now consider myself a seasoned veteran in the multimedia profession. I have worked for small family-owned businesses and big-name corporations. As the end of my professional career and retirement age looms, I decided to take a leap of faith about a year ago, and dived right in with my business partner to operate our own local multimedia company. Some folks out there may have thought we were simply dabbling in an entrepreneurial venture. However, giving our best effort, we envisioned our initiative as being much more. Fortunately, we are beginning to see the fruits of our labor.
Over the years, I have seen it all: the good, the bad, and the ugly in the work force. Carving out
a successful career is physically and mentally exhausting with many days of self-doubt. My hope has always been that when I decide to call it a day that I can and will genuinely feel good about what I have accomplished. I hope that I can look back upon my job stops, even the ones that
did not work out, and declare that somehow all of them served a connective purpose in my
career from beginning to end. Navigating a career and playing sports is similar – there is a thin line between what one perceives as success and failure. Career decisions judged as failures by some, may be keenly perceived by others as decidely unconventional but well-chosen. Taking risks is a critical component in the equation.
From an athletics viewpoint, there have been days when I felt I lost my competitive edge on the field, the court. I have experienced some adverse career circumstances over the years from business closings and downsizing, which resulted in some tough decisions in order to stay in the game I love. As the media/print industry changed, I also have had to reinvent myself. I realize now that a positive attitude along the way and a willingness to evolve and adapt my skill set as a player were fundamental to my survival in my career game.
If I may offer a golden nugget of advice in this column to any of our readers who may be struggling in your career: never compromise your personal values to stay in the game. To be a winner, a champion in your career, when things are not panning out, do what you feel in your heart and mind is the right thing to do at the right time, for the right reason, and most often you will realize the right outcome.
Never let fear hold you back from making decisions on fulfilling your career and life goals. Maintain intensive focus on your personal strengths, sustain your passion and take control.
Steady your eye on the finish line, and be mindful that you are not in a sprint to get there. A successful career is a marathon and requires extreme effort.
"The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing that you'll make one."
– Elbert Hubbard