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Don’t Lose Sight Of The Really Important Things In Your Career

Don’t Lose Sight Of The Really Important Things In Your Career

I happened to run across an article titled “The Worst Mistake You Can Make When You Quit A Job” written by Jeff Haden.

I fully expected the article to be about things like not burning your bridges with your employer or to make sure that you remain professional until the time you leave – the usual stuff you would expect to read when someone is planning to leave a company.

But this article was different.

Jeff wrote about the relationships that he built while he was working at a particular company and he shared how he had bonded with one particular individual.

Once Jeff quit and left the company, he didn’t stay in touch with this person. He meant to call, he wanted to get in touch – all the things we often say we will do – but he didn’t. Unfortunately, he ended up losing that opportunity for good. This individual passed away of a tragic disease and now Jeff has nothing left from this work relationship but a regret.

A couple of things really struck me about his article.

First, I really appreciated the honesty and candidness of Jeff’s story. So often people may have regrets but don’t have the willingness to openly share it with others to possibly help them learn from their personal life experiences.

Secondly, Jeff pointed out something that so frequently we fail to recognize in our careers – the value of the relationships that we build with others while we are working.

We spend so much time with the people that we work with. Even often more time than with our families. We share so much of ourselves with the people that we work with that to forget the bonds that we create as we move through our careers truly is a shame.

At the end of the day, we may end our careers with a title, lots of experience and a nice nest egg but sometimes the most important thing to remember is the relationships and memories that we built with the people that we worked side by side with along the way.

I think the morale of this story is to make sure that as we move through and eventually exit from our careers to remember that even though we may have worked at a specific company, it was actually the people that we worked with that really made the experience.

Our legacy will be formed from the memories and feelings that people have of us – to just forget about these working relationships once we leave a company is like ignoring a significant part of our own history.

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.