We discussed in a previous blog post that you have to be open to opportunity if you want to take advantage of the opportunities that exist in this current market.
Well, one of the main reasons that many professionals are not open to opportunity and do not take advantage of what the market has to offer is fear.
First and foremost, fear is a natural human emotion. Everybody experiences it. So it’s not a matter of simply experiencing the emotion. The important aspect of this whole situation is what you do after you experience it.
Simply put, a person has two options. Either they can allow the fear to dictate their course of action, or they can choose to rise above it and make the decision that’s best for them.
You’ve probably heard the following two phrases at some point in your life:
- “No risk, no reward.”
- “All growth is painful.”
The reason that you’ve heard these sayings is that they’re true, including within the professional realm. It’s impossible to enjoy big rewards in your career without taking some kind of risk. You can’t expect to play it safe all the time and somehow ascend to the top of your profession. It simply does not happen that way.
In addition, if you want to grow, then you’re going to have to endure some kind of pain. Not physical pain, per se, but at the very least, you must tolerate being outside of your comfort zone. That’s because, once again, it’s nearly impossible to experience the kind of growth you want to experience without being uncomfortable to some degree.
Now, we’re not saying that you have to be reckless. There is obviously a difference between being reckless and not allowing fear to rule your decisions. There are extremes at both ends, and as a general rule, extremes are counterproductive.
After all, there’s a difference between taking an unnecessary risk and taking a calculated risk. The key is to know the difference between the two and take the appropriate action at the appropriate time.
Being open to opportunity is one way to not allow fear to rule your decisions so you can move one step closer to maximizing your professional potential. Being willing to pursue other employment opportunities is another way to accomplish that.
Taking calculated risks and making shrewd decisions are integral to enjoying career success. So is aligning yourself with an experienced recruiter or search consultant in your chosen field. The right recruiter has the expertise necessary to provide you with the information you need to make the correct decisions, ones that are based in fact and reality and not influenced by apprehension or fear.
The Doepker Group has experience placing professionals in the Information Technology and Engineering fields, and we can place you, as well.