Woodchucks are evil. They get in my garden. They eat the leaves on my strawberry plants and leave the flowers and small green fruit. Then the flowers and fruit die. I hate woodchucks.
I sometimes do the same thing figuratively. I get started in a successful niche in my business, then I turn my hand to something else without thinking, without following my plan. I waste my built up career capital switching direction because of lack of discipline. I fail to direct my efforts and let the shifting winds of the moment direct my efforts. I eat the strawberry leaves. Then the flowers and fruit wither and die.
Are shifting winds and tides driving your job search and career? Changing direction is one thing. Never deciding is another. You only have 40 or 60 hours a week for your career. You have to build the roots and leaves of your career so that you get the full fruits of your labors.
Don’t let the woodchucks of indecision and lack of discipline keep you from the ripe fruits of hard work and patience.
Something to do today
Write out what you want your career to look like. You can change it later, but if you write it out you will be less likely to change it 3 times a day.
Later: It’s official
How to quit
The old boy network
Exploit the old boys
The money question