Written by Lee Weisser, Career & Life Coach
Pina was not just a dancer, but a multifaceted artist who worked from instinct rather than formality.
When she formed her dance company she did all the choreography herself. But in later years, her work evolved. She started asking the dancers to interpret her ideas in their own ways. She supported their creativity and full expression by encouraging them to be open to what might happen.
If she was not happy with the results, she would offer the instruction, “Search more.” In other words, go deeper, let go, embrace your emotions.
So, too, in the development of your creative career, your vulnerability can be your biggest ally. Being open is essential. Without it, you will become brittle and crumble into pieces.
You may be familiar with the concept of serendipity.
Serendipity means a happy accident or pleasant surprise, specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful without looking for it.
Although career development does require thoughtful planning, chance events also play a big part in our careers.
Being open to meeting new people, going to new places, and seeing with new eyes all help turn dreams into realities.
In the article “Planned Happenstance: Constructing Unexpected Career Opportunities” (Kathleen E. Mitchell, Al S. Levin, John D. Krumboltz, in Journal of Counselling & Development, Spring 1999, Volume 77), the authors state that making career serendipity work for you takes five personal characteristics:
• risk taking
Which of these characteristics are you most comfortable with?
Which could you stretch into?
Think of at least one action you can take each day to increase these characteristics in yourself.
Your career will evolve on its own unique path, fluctuating between multiple periods of stability and change. Be ready.
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Hi there! My name is Lee Weisser and my passion is to help others discover their life's passion. I've experienced many transitions in my own career journey, reinventing myself many times both by choice and by necessity. I have felt both the fear and excitement of trying something new. I can help you to discover the work you are really meant to do. Let's create More Happy Mondays! Find out more at Careers by Design.