January 28, 2008, 7:00 am

Living In The Fast Lane

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Career
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A few weeks ago, I wrote about the job interview I had the other day. This thing all started because I woke up one day with one thing in my mind: I need fresh air. This urge for something new in my job was silently growing within my mind for a while. Am I crazy? Maybe, but I like it! Did I get the job? Yes my friend! The whole process took about two months from the time I was gathering information on this new job and the time I receive my employment letter.

 

My ex-boss (who’s still a very good friend of mine) told me the best advice for my career I ever get. In one of our very first meeting he said:

bubble

“At one point in your career, you will get very comfortable. You will know everybody you are working with, you will master your job and going to work will become as easy as putting peanut butter on your toast in the morning (man I love peanut butter!). This is what I call the “bubble”. Once you are in it, you will not evolve anymore; you will simply keep doing the same thing over and over again. Several people like it, however, they will never get the next promotion ahead. They will stay at their desk for 5, 10 maybe 15 years. So if you want to keep going, you have to constantly break that bubble and destabilize your situation.”

 

This is exactly what I did; creating chaos in order to evolve. There is no possible advancement of any kind in a highly stable environment. I’ve been at the same place for the past 4 years. While I took care of several mandates and had three promotions during that period, there was not much left for me to learn at this place. I was comfortably installed in my bubble.

 

In the upcoming months, I will become a financial planner. In Quebec, it requires several courses and a license to be recognized in this profession. I have already succeeded in all my classes and I am simply missing my license. I know, I am already doing my MBA and I am adding another exam on my To Do’s list. What can I say? I have to do it!

 

This career shift will be very interesting on many levels. I will learn an awful lot of things and meet with a several people. I will even be able to improve my golf skills as it is quite required for this kind of job 😀

 

I always wanted to try this kind of job. It requires a lot of drive and guts to convince people to invest with you. Sometimes, I believe that finance is more taboo than sex! So here I am now, leaving for a new job with great hopes of seeing my wife staying at home for 2009!!

 

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Comments

Congrats!

I’ve been doing my “peanut butter” job for a long time and your right – you do stagnate after a while.

Mike

I LOVE that advice about “The Bubble”. I feel that i’m getting to that stage now.. maybe it’s time to move on.

Congrats FB on the new job!

well done! Kudos! Big applause!
and may you have the guts again to move out of the bubble of this one, when the time is right.
I’m excited for you (and I know the feeling – I left my job at 39 to start a business. Exhilarating and terrifying)

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