I’ve hit a fork in the road while editing my next book, about career resiliency. Rather than try to figure this out myself, I’m asking my readers—I’m asking you—What do you see as the key to resilience? Different ways I think about this topic include…
- Do I consider myself resilient? By what measure(s)?
- Do I have an intended life path? How confident am I that I can make it unfold as intended?
- What do I worry about—what seems to get in my way?
- Day-to-day, how do I deal with the fear of an unknown future? When do I take solace in structured beliefs (religion, politics)? What makes me tune out the future in a que-sera-sera kind of way? Or escape via vacations, TV, movies, etc.?
- What has my experience been with resilience—An active struggle? A war of attrition? Continual, incremental improvement? Holding on to my dreams in the face of doubt?
- What relationship—if any—do I see between career resilience and my personal brand or story?
- When I think about resilience, do I think about my career per se, or do I think about the little things I need to do to achieve resiliency, like getting good at a skill, building relationships, handling politics, etc.?
Jason Seiden is CEO of Ajax Workforce Marketing. Ajax amplifies brands by aligning employees' online messaging.