18 How to Take a Career Side Step, One Sugar Grain at a Time

In the last chapter I wrote about the “Sugar Grain Process,” the approach I use to create change in my career, as well as to guide mentees and clients. The essential idea is develop a vision of what you want next, and then commit to regularly doing little things that will move you in that direction. The things you do needn’t be big—they can be as small as grains of sugar—but if you keep doing them at a regular pace, the process inevitably brings positive change.

A while back I received an e-mail from Susan*, a reader whom I’ve not met. She described herself as a woman in her 50s who wants to find a different kind of job, while remaining in the same broad career field.

“I am physically ...

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