Be strong! Be courageous! Do not be afraid of them! For the Lord your God will be with you.
- Deuteronomy 31:6 -
In today’s business environment, it can be difficult to know if you’re on the path that will bring you success in life. In fact, today’s career paths look very different than those of our predecessors. Gone are the days when an employee will stay with a company for 30 or 40 years. According to Forbes, the average worker stays at each of his or her jobs for only 4.4 years. Those changes add up to almost 20 different jobs over the course of a lifetime!
With so many changes and fluctuations, how are we supposed to know when our path is heading in the right direction? How do we know if we’ve made the right choice in our business ventures or personal careers?
I am no stranger to doubt, especially when it comes to my decisions. I have faced a lot of risks over the course of my career—many of which came with sleepless nights and empty bank accounts. But one thing that I learned over the years is to put faith in my own personal path to success and happiness. We cannot control what the future will look like. But what we can control is how we live our lives every day.
When I look back on my decisions, including the risky ones, there is usually a driving force behind them. For example, in some jobs, I simply wasn’t being challenged enough. In others, I knew the work I was doing wasn’t a great fit for my personality and my goals. There was something—maybe it was instinct, maybe it was something more powerful—urging me to look elsewhere for opportunities. Those intuitions are very important to trust. Often, our subconscious thoughts, desires and passions drive our decisions before we ever realize we’re making them.
What’s important in each of these decisions is the time you take to reflect on your life, your efforts and your goals. Have you put everything into your current position, but you’re still not happy? Are you working as hard as possible and exploring all options for growth that are in front of you? If you are leaving no stone unturned—meaning you’ve capitalized on a current position as much as you possible can—and you’re not happy or content, look elsewhere. Trust that your mind and your heart are leading you to a more fulfilling position.
I started NBA after a series of very important, very thoughtful decisions. I prayed over my career and the choices that I was making to shape that career. Every time I was faced with a fork in the road, I reflected on my efforts, my family, our goals and my personal abilities. And I trusted in my path. Looking back, nobody is perfect and I made some mistakes. But all of those mistakes led me through periods of great personal growth, and through those mistakes I grew as an individual and a business leader.
So trust in your path. Embrace your position and put all you’ve got into your work. If it’s not making you a better person, explore new options. Your risks will be rewarded.