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Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career by Herminia Ibarra

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making sense

IN THE MIDDLE of confusion, many of us hope for one event that will clarify everything, that will transform our stumbling moves into a story that makes sense. Julio Gonzales, a doctor trying to leave the practice of medicine, put it like this: “I was waiting for an epiphany. I wake up in the middle of the night and the Angel of Mercy tells me this is what I should do.” Some people do experience pivotal moments in which what they are seeking is crystallized. But for every person who changes career in response to some sort of trigger, another fails to take the leap, and a third finds a moment of truth in a trivial but symbolic occurrence.

Making sense refers to the practice of putting a frame around experience: interpreting ...

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