I was talking with a friend of mine last Friday and he asked me what I still wanted to do with my career. As I talked through my goals and dreams, I realized that they came together in a sort of bucket list for work experiences.
I like the idea of a work-related bucket list because it takes the pressure off reaching ONE outcome or level or title or position. When we look back at our careers, we remember the great experiences - the awesome project, the team wins, the day you invented a new idea, your first big presentation.
Perhaps career success is not about achieving a particular place, but in checking off as many bucket list items as you can. Career happiness and fulfillment is a function of doing many of the things on your list, not particular things.
Imagine the positive momentum you would create by actively working both your life and career bucket lists? Having ONE goal or just a couple does not serve us well because we don't know what we don't know and we cannot predict what the future will hold. Defining our success or happiness based on a particular outcome is unhelpful. (butterfly affect comes to mind again)
What might be on your career bucket list? Get your week started off with a bang by taking a few moments to start your list and plot how to start ticking away at the experiences that most interest and intrigue you. And for extra credit, make an unreasonable request to help something happen this week.