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October 26, 2005


David Finch

Curt, I really appreciate this post today! This is exactly what I told myself yesterday! Just hearing these words out of my mouth brought new found energy and inner peace.


Hiren Shah

While I agree that one should not limit oneself by one's past, the sooner one finds one's vocation in life the better. Many successful people have commented that they were lucky enough to find their vocations early in life. Later with family responsibilites it may not be impossible but is difficult. The early bird catches the worm as they say. Better late than never does not apply here in my view.

Curt Rosengren

Hiren, you're definitely right that the earlier you find the career that lights you up, the easier it is.

At the same time, I can't agree that better late than never doesn't apply. If you are at a later stage in life there's no going back to the early bird stage. The reality is, we have no choice but to start where we are and move forward. Late will always be better than never when it comes to happiness.

Hiren Shah

I agree with you curt when you say that you have to start from where you are. However since work forms most of our waking hours the earlier the better.Not only you other career experts claim that career transition is a time consuming and difficult thing. Better late than never here is somewhat deceptive.

I read an article in Reader's Digest "Do you need a Career Doctor" in which it stated that in the US they were trying to do this in high school which I feel is the right time to start- Prevention is better than cure as they say.
Yesterday I got this intereting link from someone which I would like to share. It is from the former CEO of apple computers, Steve Jobs on "You have got to find what you love." It is there in my URL

Curt Rosengren

Hiren, I think we're on the same wavelength but talking about slightly different things. Perhaps it is a question of who your audience is.

If you're talking to young people, then yes! Stress the fact that they should start thinking about what really makes them feel alive. It's so much easier to start early.

If you're talking to a 45 year old who already has 20+ years of their career under their belt, stressing the importance of starting early is a moot point.

It's so easy for people to get caught up in the fact that they should have started younger, and to focus on the fact that mid-life career change can be challenging, and feeling like it's too late to make a change.

My point is, unless you're dead, it's never too late.

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