When Is the Right Time to Take a Career Risk?

Your Level of Risk Depends on Age & Circumstances


Things really do get better with age. This is a time of richly creative, bountiful opportunities that seem to fall out of the sky. It took two decades of building your experience, but now there’s a seat for you at the big kids table.

The competitive hair-pulling (your own or someone else’s) of your early professional days are hopefully well behind you, and almost everyone in your sphere is contributing to your growth, and you to theirs. Sounds kind of idealistic, doesn’t it? Well, it truly is both a peak and a plateau worth hanging out on for a while. Maybe a little less excited about making changes, and not always readily agreeing with younger executives around us, but that’s the arrogance of experience and you’ve earned it! Still flexible enough to listen before making up your mind, and not afraid to say what you know is true in an authentic and genuine way. By mid-40’s, boldness is tempered with patience and the ability to let things play out as they are meant to -- not rushing in, but not resting on laurels either.

You’ve seen enough to know a unique opportunity, and when someone is trying to shine you on. Deliberately invest in those companies and individuals whose values align with yours, and be less willing to compromise on your integrity. Sleeping soundly has become more important than ever…for body and soul.