November 22, 2010

The Importance of Taking Advice from People You Trust

An old boss of mine wisely once told me that there would always be a reason NOT to take a new position, and that it was always easier to stay in the comfy and stable place where I was.

His advice has always been that I need to be willing to take a chance, and take the not-so-stable course. A few years ago, I told him that I needed to stay in my position because I was getting married and needed the stability. I recall him telling me that the next thing that would keep me in my job was buying a house (which happened), then it would be a baby (which also happened)... He is a wise, wise man...

I'm happy to report that in the last few weeks, after over four years of staying in my stable position, I decided to FINALLY take his advice. I accepted a new position literally in the most unstable time of my life - a mere two weeks before my wife's due date with our first child.

I chose between stability and the unknown, and I am happy with my choice... I start on Monday, and am ready for what the unknown will bring. I'm sure this new position will feel stable at some point a number of years into the future. That's precisely when I'll take my trusted old boss' advice again.


David M. Patt, CAE said...

What's the new position?

Charlotte Weeks said...

I just came across your blog -- great content. Congrats on your new job, AND the new baby!

Charlotte Weeks

Stephen Schaunt said...

I've trusted a lot of people who are not truly worthy of my trust, and it hurts to know that they just betray me in the end. Like this one incidence where I've experienced an accident from my previous job. The company promised me benefits and insurance, but it didn't happen. So I went immediately to a law office here in Bay Area. Injury attorney was the one I've talked to and we filed a case against my previous employer. Because of my personal injury attorney here in Bay Area, my concern has been solved and I already got my accident benefits.

Charla Mcguyer said...

It's a good thing you took the advice of your boss. Your new position is certainly more stable now. Congratulations! Are you still working for them? Hope to hear from you!

Charla Mcguyer