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Getting to What’s Next

The pandemic has been an ongoing challenge, but I like to see the positives in every situation. A silver lining, if you will. Over the past two years we’ve all been forced to take a step back and evaluate every facet of our lives. Now, through a different lens, we have started to ask ourselves, “What’s next?” What’s next for me, my family, my health, my finances and yes, even my career?

All dreams are pictured with the endgame in mind. We’re not always picturing the how, but we know what we mentally see when our goals are realized. For me, eight years ago I envisioned myself as the head of human resources, speaking on a stage to an audience of employees wearing jeans and my favorite pair of Jordan 1s.

James Hart speaking to Cardlytics employees

As your mind explores what’s next for you, ask yourself the following questions:  

  • What do I want to be known for?  
  • What is important to me?  
  • What do I want to accomplish?

Once you have answers to those questions, assess your reality. While planning is part of achieving the endgame, it’s important to remain in the present by focusing on your experiences, the roles needed to sustain your strengths and accessing the resources you will need to develop in key areas.  

Are there projects you could work on now that would build your network or help you learn a new skill? In 2016 and 2017, I worked as a national sales director. I wanted to eventually become a human resources business professional but get there by having well-rounded and authentic business experience.  

Write down the steps, align your resources, and create deadlines to hold yourself accountable. It will be a challenge, but small steps will build momentum.

The effort, time, and investment it takes to explore what’s next will be worth it. I brought the picture in my head to reality as I’m now living out my dream as the head of people speaking to 600+ employees at our monthly company meeting.

If you are in search of what’s next, check out career opportunities at CDLX and join us. Jordan 1s optional.

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