“I don’t much like my job,” confided Jake, a mid level pharmaceutical executive,”But I get paid fairly well, it’s a stable company and I can’t see any way out. So I turn up, do my job and get out of here. It’s not ideal but hey, it pays the bills.”
Jake shared his situation with me after a keynote I gave on the importance of taking risks. Obviously, when it came to his job, he was playing safe (at least in the short term). He reminded me of a dentist I’d met a few weeks earlier who told me he was counting down the days until he could retire.