“I keep getting job offers, but they’re not appealing.”
“I’m already at the top firm in my industry.”
“I’m not gonna take a step down, so where do I go from here?”
(Privileged statements, for sure. But well earned.)
I hear this sentiment a lot from former colleagues and those in my coaching practice.
They’ve ascended the ladder with striking efficiency:
They’ve nearly reached the ladder's top rung — there’s just a little room left. Despite the gains, this can actually be a terrifying position to be in.
Here, new questions creep in:
If you’re in this spot (and kudos to you), it’s a serious predicament.
Your “choice” comes down to three options:
In almost every case, you should take option 3 seriously.
You’re probably most resistant to this one, and for good reason: you’ve never contemplated it because (a) it’s completely foreign and (b) you’re addicted to your comfort zone.
But just use your logical brain for a second. The “Up” and “Out” options are constrained — you have to play by their rules and you’re constrained by their caps (e.g., earning potential, type of work).
Options 1 and 2 (alone) don’t lead to wealth (money, time, and choice to live the life you want).
The “Solo” option, while scary, is unbounded. Your freedom, growth, and results are uncapped. It also provides you benefits that are simply unavailable within options 1 and 2.
As in most cases in life, the least popular (non-majority) option presents the biggest possible payoff.
Yes, you’ve got to weigh the tradeoffs. I advise you start by anticipating future regrets of action/inaction.
In my definition, Solo doesn’t mean “alone”; it means “self-directed.”
Solo only requires a few bucks, paired with dedicated pockets of time and energy. Low risk, immense reward.
So, what’ll it be for you? Up, Out, Solo?
Let me know if I can help you.
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