How to Stay Stuck in the Wrong Career
by Herminia Ibarra
Everyone knows a story about a smart and talented businessperson who has lost his or her passion for work, who no longer looks forward to going to the office yet remains stuck without a visible way out. Most everyone knows a story, too, about a person who ditched a 20-year career to pursue something completely different—the lawyer who gave it all up to become a writer or the auditor who quit her accounting firm to start her own toy company—and is the happier for it.
“Am I doing what is right for me, or should I change direction?” is one of the most pressing questions in the midcareer professional’s mind today. The numbers of people making major career changes, not to mention those ...