Confessions of a Careerist

Tuesday, October 11, 2016



I've always been career-focused, even when I was young girl.
I always knew I wanted to have a successful and high-flying career. In fact, there has never been a time when I didn't want that. By nature I am extremely ambitious, I have a set of goals I want to achieve and I desire to live the high-flying lifestyle.

Also, I went through a lot as a child so I realised early on that having a successful career would allow me to make money, which in turn would emancipate me and allow me to do the fancy lifestyle things I have always wanted to do: travel, dine out in the most beautiful restaurants, attend the most wonderful shows, live in the most beautiful apartment and drive a nice car. I wouldn't say I'm really materialistic - material items can't buy happiness and I know that from experience - but I want independence, a nice life and I want nice things, and I always viewed a career as the key to those things.

Being a careerist - especially a high-ambitious, career-minded woman - is great but it doesn't come without its challenges.

It's hard work
It's tough. Seriously. It's so hard and it's so stressful. But Rome wasn't built in a day and nothing worth having comes easy. Success doesn't happen overnight and it is not handed on a plate. If you want success be prepared to work extremely hard for it. Hustle like it's going out of fashion and network like mad.

The pressure is immense
One of my worst habits is that I put so much pressure on myself to do well, but it's so extreme that it can be a little bit debilitating. It just overwhelmed me but that's because I feel as though I owe it to myself to do well. Since university I have learned that it's okay to relax but sometimes that sense of pressure rears its ugly head.

You have to deal with obstacles
On the path to success there will be a lot of hurdles along the way that you will have to face, such as personal problems and failures. There have been many times when hurdles and adversities in my life completely threw me but I picked myself up and kept on going because I don't like to let anything hold me back.

People will judge you
If you are a careerist - especially a career-minded woman - there are people who will judge you so you will need to develop a thick skin. Some people will judge because they are insecure and/or weak-minded, or they see you as a threat, or they can't understand and/or respect the fact that you want a career. Also bear in mind that not everyone will celebrate your achievements with you and/or they will try to sabotage or derail your success, so watch out for people who have a clear case of the crab mentality/tall poppy syndrome.

You will need to surround yourself with like-minded people who support you
I am so grateful for the friends in my life right now. They support, encourage and uplift me. My friends are similar to me and that helps - they are just as hardworking as I am. If you surround yourself with negative, toxic, lazy and weak minded people, then you are not going to succeed.

All achievements are significant whether they are big or small
It's so important to count your blessing and celebrate your achievements, whether they are big or small because they all matter and they all represent progress.

You will need to be patient
Like I mentioned before, Rome wasn't built in a day. Working towards your goals and achieving success takes time. I feel frustrated sometimes but then I always tell myself to be patient!

It's so easy to compare yourself...
...but comparison is the thief of joy, so don't compare yourself to other people. Only focus on yourself and no-one else.

Sometimes you might have to quit while you are ahead
If you are working towards a goal that isn't right for you or is unrealistic, then stop. Focus on what is right for you.

You don't have it all sussed out
Achieving the career you want is a learning curve.

You can't have it all
You can't (and will not) achieve everything, and you can't have everything planned out because that's not how life works.

You will have to keep on motivating yourself
Working towards a career is an ongoing process and it is never-ending, so I constantly have to motivate myself to keep on going in order to reach my goals.

My career is my baby...
...it's something I love and it's something I want to nurture.

What are your confessions as a careerist?

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2 comments

  1. I ABSOLUTLEY LOVE THIS POST! So,so true in every way. I've never come across the word careerist before but that is definitely what I am!

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