Steve Jobs famously said, “Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.”
This got me thinking about my career dots.
On the urging of a friend, I went to the University of Texas.
A conversation with my mom that “computers were going to be big” led to me becoming a business major with an emphasis on information technology.
Dot 1: On the urging of a friend, I went to the University of Texas.
Dot 2: A conversation with my mom that “computers were going to be big” led to me becoming a business major with an emphasis on information technology.
Dot 3: This led to me becoming a software engineer after graduation.
Dot 4: This led to the discovery that I did not love software engineering.
Dot 5: After a layoff, I was led to using recruiters to help me find my next job.
Dot 6: This led to my getting hired by a recruiting firm.
Dot 7: This led to opening up my own boutique Information Technology Search firm.
Dot 8: This led to coaching people on career strategy planning, job search and negotiation.
Dot 9: This led to getting certified in career and life coaching.
Dot 10: This led to the opening of InspiHER Tech, a career transformation coaching firm for women in technology.
Dot 11: This led me to developing a coaching program called Career Reset.
I could never have guessed that when I made the crazy decision to go to UT that I would be where I am today in my career.
There were times that I struggled. Second guessing myself. People pleasing because I did not know any better. Getting ill during the birth of my first child because I did not believe I could slow down. Wasting money. Wasting time. Stressing myself out for no reason.
Yet, even with all of that, I can say beyond any doubt, when I connect the dots looking backward, that every choice, misstep, education, certification, and connection has been preparing me for my career coaching business and the Career Reset program.
I was being led here all along.
And now I lean into this concept. There really are no mistakes.
There is nothing I can do that will keep me from my destiny.
And I know that is also true for you.
This week, I encourage you to do 2 things:
1. Spend 30 minutes connecting the dots of your career looking backward. Honor your brave choices. Your impulsive decisions. What you have been calling a “mistake”. And connect with the idea that all of that has led you to this moment. That you are perfectly positioned and prepared for your next career move, your Career Reset.
2. Then, if you are intrigued by my Career Reset program, do not overthink that feeling. Do not hesitate. Just Join.Career Reset will be one of the best “dots” you have ever chosen.