Life’s a journey, not a destination

A while ago, I was stuck in a job I hated. I was a Database Marketing Administrator for a manufacturing company. I pretty quickly realized I needed a change. And so I did what most of you would do, I went through my list of contacts that could maybe help me out get out of that place.  In the end it was an online job posting that got me back on track… But I did have a great conversation with one of the founders of a top Canadian airline.  What he told me was something like this (I’m paraphrasing, but I think the point is there) –

It’s great that you realize that you don’t like it there are looking for something new, but take your time…make sure you don’t get lost again along the way by simply finding a new job. Young people these days are so inpatient, they’re in such a rush – it’s taken me years to build this company.

So I stopped an thought about it…and thought about it again.  I finally realized I wanted to go back to working in the web – more on the marketing & biz dev side of things in downtown Montreal. So I started looking for that instead of calling up all my contacts at random. I like to think that I have taken my time and I’m very happy about where I currently am and I’m happy I took the time to figure it out…I got to work at an small and interesting dotcom in a cool part of the city; I got to be an Account Manager/Web Strategist at Canada’s largest home-grown ad agency and now I’m the go-to social media guy at the largest provider of English and French language pay and specialty television in Canada.

Come to think of it, I can even say that ever since I did take that step back, great things have been happening at a much faster pace.

What about you? Have you ever had to stop and “figure stuff out” or did you find your passion right away? Are you in a rush to get there or are you happy with taking your time?