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Career Inflection Points

Published 8 months ago • 1 min read

​​Career Inflection Points

We often paint the picture of our careers as neat, orderly staircases. Step by step, rung by rung, we ascend to the pinnacle of success. But let me tell you, that's rarely how it goes.

I've traversed the peaks and valleys of my own career, and I've come to see it more as a series of inflection points than a predictable set of stairs.

It's not just about skills or knowledge—though they're crucial. No, there's another force at play here: opportunity.

Imagine having a treasure trove of skills and insights but no stage to showcase them on. Frustrating, right? That's a career without opportunity.

Conversely, you might get a golden chance, but if it doesn’t align with your strengths or passions, you might end up feeling like a fish out of water.

The truth is, your value in the marketplace is a complex interplay of knowledge, skills, and the right opportunities. It's the electric charge that happens when they intersect.

Early in my career, I felt stuck. I had the skills, the knowledge, the drive—but the doors just wouldn’t open. There were days I felt like screaming into the void, "Can anyone see what I bring to the table?"

Then came the inflection point. A chance meeting, a serendipitous connection, and suddenly, I was thrust into opportunities I had only dreamt of.

But here's the kicker: It wasn't just about grabbing any opportunity. It was about recognizing the right one. One that resonated with my core, with who I was and what I wanted to bring to the world.

In this whirlwind of career evolution, I've realized one profound truth: It's not just about moving upward; it's about moving forward, in alignment with your true self.

This isn’t a manifesto against traditional career paths or the stair-step imagery. Instead, it's a call to recognize the unpredictable, yet beautiful, nature of our professional journeys.

Are you chasing every opportunity, or are you searching for the moments that can truly define your career? Those inflection points where passion, skill, and the right moment converge?

Your journey might not be linear. It might twist, turn, and surprise you. But in every inflection, in every pivotal moment, lies the potential for something truly extraordinary.

Are you ready to embrace it?

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Ivan Novak

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