A friend of mine plays this game we call, “Would You Rather.” She poses two scenarios, both equally distasteful, but you have to select one as your preference. Of course, we laugh hysterically or gross out completely at the choices presented!
Flash forward to December 2014, I was in the process of working through my exit from my employer. I met with an industry veteran to begin my networking journey and for his advice, and he basically posed a “would you rather” question. He asked simply, “Would you rather work internally on strategy, or externally with clients?”
I took that question home with me, and fashioned a series of opposite choices as a model to help me think through my interests and preferences. For example, is my preference to:
- focus on business strategy or the tactics of implementation?
- work with my mind or my hands?
- earn a paycheck from a company or work for myself?
I created an entire page of opposites, and forced myself to select one side over the other. You can’t be in the middle, you have to choose one or the other. The process was very helpful to shine a light on my preferences and the opportunities on which I should focus my energy.
If you’re in the middle of a career change or a job search (internally or externally), perhaps this approach can help you get clarity on where your focus should lie. Make the list as long and as comprehensive as you can, even if you think the choice is a no-brainer. And try to have a quiet mind when you’re doing this (meditate first maybe, or think about it while you’re on a run or walk) and be really honest with yourself. Good luck and let me know how it goes!
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