Australian Perspective on Goal-Free Careers

November 29, 2006  

This was sent to me by a reader in Australia.

Job Myth: Setting career goals and sticking to them is the best way of having a successful career.

Dr Jim Bright: “The evidence in favor of goal setting is not great. Most diets use goal setting as a motivational technique but the failure rate for most diets is more than 50 per cent. That great careers adviser, John Lennon, said, ‘Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.’ Being flexible, open to opportunity, persistent and optimistic are probably more important qualities. Goals can be useful, but mostly in the short-term.”

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, November 25-26 2006.

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