Here are some examples of questions that will help you determine if you're secure in your career: – Are you adding value at your current job? – Are you honing your skills, expanding your network, and building your personal brand? – Do you feel confident that if you lost your job, you'd be able to find a
comparable one in the same field? – Do you feel confident you'd be able to demonstrate to potential employers how you add value? Since every job is temporary, it's extremely important to constantly work on our careers and ask ourselves these
questions frequently so we always feel secure in our businesses-of-one.
Real wealth comes in the form of family, friends, hobbies, experiences, knowledge, and community. If you don't have these things, money will never fill that void. So, is your career allowing you to build this type of wealth? The intangible kind? Or are your relationships
suffering because of your job? Is your work-life balance nonexistent? Do you have any time to pursue hobbies, learn, or volunteer?
If you do have regrets, that doesn't mean you haven't been a successful professional. That also doesn't mean you haven't had a good career. You could be the most successful person, but if you never got up the courage to start that business, make that career change, or go
back to school, you'll most likely think, "What if?" for the rest of your life. You'll never know if you don't try. Don't be afraid of failure. Life is just one big experiment, and experiments never fail.
Really think about what you want your professional legacy to be. It's a lot harder to get up in the morning when you don't find fulfillment in your work. When it comes time for you to retire, are you going to look back on your career and feel like you could have accomplished much, much more with those 50 years?
Everyone has unique gifts, skills, and expertise. When we focus on developing ourselves as individuals, as businesses-of-one, it's a lot easier to share those things with the world. Give yourself a chance to reach your full potential. You may be surprised by what you can accomplish.
When we are passionate about what we do, we are proud, because we are doing what we think is important, what we love doing. We are adding value to and making a difference in this crazy world—in a small, but significant way. Every job is important. No matter what your job title is, if you aren't proud
of it, you should absolutely change that. Identify that one problem you want to find a solution to, and go after it. What are you waiting for?