Sometimes, in a career, you have to change course to get ahead.
3.5 years into my career, I was having some success, but an opportunity came up to completely change disciplines. After speaking with a few mentors, I made a move. My peers couldn’t understand why I did it when I was doing pretty well where I was.
The problem was that there was a glut of competition where I was with people incredibly more experienced than me. I knew I would be starting over where I was moving, but I saw more long-term opportunities there. Now, 12 years later, I’m on the group’s leadership team.
My experience was obviously under specific circumstances, interpreted in a particular way.
While you shouldn’t let ambition get too far ahead of opportunity, you have to make sure you position yourself for opportunities, and sometimes that means change.