Last Updated Dec 6, 2010 11:13 AM EST
When I was a corporate executive, I loved the sense of responsibility and accomplishment. Now that I'm a consultant, I mostly like getting paid. I guess that's as it should be.
I've had bosses I would work for again and others that, well, I probably would have really enjoyed water-boarding. In fact, I've had the same job function at the same company that was like torture under one CEO and immensely satisfying under another. Go figure.
But hey, what's the point, right? Work is work. Why bother with all the introspection? Because, if you sleepwalk through your career, just blindly putting one foot in front of the other, that's pretty much all you'll ever accomplish. If, on the other hand, you set goals and check how you're doing from time to time, you've at least got a chance of getting somewhere.
Take me for example. I'm a compulsive, neurotic nut. So I'm constantly checking my goals, my plan, and reassessing how things are going. It drives my wife nuts and it would probably drive me nuts too, if I wasn't already there. Still, it keeps me on course and I always know how my career is progressing.
Why is that important? So you don't wake up one day and realize that life has passed you by, that you didn't accomplish what you'd hoped to accomplish, and you don't end up getting really depressed and going postal or kicking the dog or something.
So, this poll serves two purposes:
- It's an opportunity to think about your situation and reassess if you're on the right track, and
- You can see how your response measures up versus your fellow BNET readers.