Why Hiring A Career Coach Was The Best Thing I Ever Did

Career-Coach-190x130As the head of client development—and one of the very few women in a managing role—at Smith Barney Morgan Stanley, I had a lucrative career in finance, and 25 years of experience under my belt.

But, in my mid-50s, I was ready for something different.

I’d spent years advising people through their retirements, and I noticed that there were a lot of people in their 80s who’d worked in the same career their entire lives, and then looked back and thought, “Why didn’t I do something different? Why did I just keep going down this path?”

The answer: Because it was the easiest thing to do. It was the path of least resistance.

But the path of least resistance wasn’t the right one for me.

A Midlife Career Crossroads

My favorite Mark Twain quote comes to mind: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

I was ready to catch those trade winds. But I wasn’t ready to retire.

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