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    Taking charge of your professional development requires that you know what your true desires are concerning your work life. You can have a prestigious job and hate every minute of it.

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    Creating the career you dream of is about taking control of your destiny rather than “letting things progress naturally” or whatever cliche you can think of. It’s not about taking the next obvious step along your so-called career path.

    I know people who’ve spent years, even decades, climbing the so called corporate ladder, only to discover they don’t like that corner office they end up in.

    Do you want to settle for a career path that makes sense, but doesn’t appeal to your deepest professional aspirations? Is earning a good paycheck good enough to satisfy you?

    Erika Anderson wrote an article in Forbes entitled “Creating the Career You Most Want,” in which she  talks about how to get where you really want to go in your career.

    Taking charge of your professional development requires that you know what your true desires are concerning your work life. You can have a prestigious job title, a lofty salary, the admiration of all your friends…and hate every minute of it.

    Anderson’s article describes three absolute necessities to navigating through the career maze to your dream destination.

    1. Managing your “self-talk”
    2. Figuring out what’s important to you
    3. Being realistic about where you are now

    Anderson says “I’ve spoken to way too many talented, bright professionals over the past few years – especially younger professionals – who aren’t focusing on building their careers because they make an assumption that, “Wow – 9% unemployment; I better just stay here and be grateful that I have a job.” And I’ve seen folks who have lost their jobs, or who are employed way below their skills or experience, who don’t take steps to change their situation because they make the assumption that, “Unemployment is so high – there aren’t any jobs out there; why try?”

    Don’t get stuck in a good job that you hate. Take control of your ship and steer in the direction you truly want to go in, no matter what obstacles stand in your way.

    Today is a good day to start.

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    About the Author: Donnie Bryant is a direct response copywriter and marketing consultant. He specializes in improving businesses' sales and profitability by creating compelling marketing messages and strategies. Find out more about Donnie at http://donnie-bryant.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @donniebryant and connect with him on Google Plus at +donniebryant.

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