You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need.
People of a certain age will recognize that as lyrics by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. These 20th century troubadours have taught me, at least, many lessons in my life.
Their wisdom in this particular song is obvious: Don’t worry about what you want to do; you will discover what you must do.
I’ve found in my professional life that this wisdom is especially evident–at least when I look back at the path my various career steps have taken. My latest step is to work in San Francisco while continuing to live in Las Vegas.
Being one of the super-commuters (people who travel each week to work and back at least 90 or more miles) is not for the weak. You just learn to survive countless tram rides at airports, keeping your seat backs in their original, upright positions, and hotel rooms that are meant for tourists–not business travelers.
To stand out in your career, you must be willing to do what you need to do to keep moving forward. If you need to relocate, then do it. If you need to become a super-commuter, then do it. Choosing to stay in one place–literally and metaphorically–is to choose a slow obscurity and irrelevance in your career and in your life. Don’t let this happen to you!
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