My Career? Gone Awry?

My Career?  Gone Awry? – By Arnie Wohlgemut

I had lunch with a former supervisor recently and he asked me a great question.  “Has your career gone the way you expected it to?”

A little stunned, I wasn’t sure how to answer the question at first.  I was a young man when I started working for him and I’ve experienced a lot since then.

We all have ups and downs in our lives.  It can be hard to get tangled in the disappointments or detours.  I admit, at times, I’ve wanted to say “take this job and shove-it”.  Sometimes curling up on the couch and watching movies seems like the ideal response.

The words of Larry Winget haunt me at those times.  His book is called: It’s Called Work For A Reason, your success is your own damn fault.  (Yes there is a book like that!)  In the book Larry writes about taking responsibility for your success or and the lack of success.  He explains that whining and self-pity is not helpful and will never change the outcome.  When things are tough we need to get excited about possibilities and press forward.

Yes, I have had disappointments, but I have also had great opportunities.

I could have never imagined that I, after many years of designing, building and maintaining schools, that I would be involved in the design of a police station (photo above) or an EMS ambulance post!  Who would have imagined that I would have a part to play in promoting energy conservation of these and other municipal buildings and a complex system of water and waste water treatment plants?

I’m excited about the paths my career has taken because each unique opportunity prepared me for the possibilities!  I learned that I could do many things if I put aside the need to know everything first.

John Wooden put it this way: “Things turn out best for the people that make the best of the way things turn out.”