How do you dodge a career crisis?
I don’t know that you need to dodge it. Rough it. What I mean is that there’s a time in your life when you’re rethinking the direction you’re heading. You absolutely need to do it. People drift into a career usually by accident; we get a job and it’s inertia that keeps us there. Maybe you need a pause to step back and ask yourself the reasons you got into this profession in the first place. Do they still hold? Are there things now that are more important to you than they were 15 to 20 years ago? I think periodically asking yourself, “Why am I doing this?” is important. September 11 prompted people to ask a lot of these questions, but you don’t need a tragedy to ask yourself what you want your job to look like and what you want your life to look like.
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