Life rarely moves in a straight line. It moves unforgivingly through peaks and valleys, highs and lows.
Your career is no different.
When I first started my career in technology, at a fairly young age, I had a pretty clear picture of what I wanted my career trajectory to look like. I wanted a straight line, moving in linear fashion, up and to the right. Things like income level, job security, and public perception from family and friends all made an appearance on that line. Any derailment from that was viewed as a failure in my mind.
I feared adversity.
But as I’ve reflected on my short career, and the few success I’ve had along the way, those successes are the things that I’m least proud of.
Instead, it’s the things like being fired from my first job, a...