My first boss in Wall Street advised me "All the happiness in the world won't buy you money." I got the message, as did most of my generation. But the recent consolidation in the business has forced many to rethink their career paths. The growth of entrepreneur opportunities is opening new avenues to follow. In every part of the finance and business worlds, everyone is facing many more competitive challenges. Systematic thinking about career paths has become as essential part of staying employed, and moving ahead.
At the core of What You're Really Meant to Do: A Road Map for Reaching Your Unique Potential is "the difficult task of understanding who you are and what interests you," which is in contrast to following along defined traditional career routes, often becoming influenced by what your peers are doing, and what looks like the fastest road to a big bonus. It goes without saying, the self-discovery theme of the book is much different from the traditional career goal of finance professionals, which is to make money, as much and fast as possible. In an industry now characterized by restructuring and new business models, this has obvious dangers.