If a bike tire is out of balance, you can’t go faster, farther, or harder or you will wreck your ride. Mountain biking the entire Colorado Trail taught me a big lesson about balancing my career to keep from getting wrecked.
- Bike tires rely on spokes to keep them balanced and “true”.
- An imbalanced career is like a bike tire that isn’t “true”; it’s imbalanced, unsafe, and keeps you from finishing well.
- Our careers change, which is why we need to evaluate our careers with each new season.
- It’s better to fix an imbalanced career now and be delayed than to go a long time on an imbalanced career trajectory.
- There are five spokes that balance your career:
- The Work you do
- The Company you work
- The Compensation you earn
- The Team you work with
- The Relationship you have with your boss
- Take the time to grade each “spoke” of your career with a green light, yellow light, or red light.
- Get feedback from those closest to you to find where the balance is present or missing in your career.
I blew a tire on the Colorado trail and made a big mistake
This summer I mountain biked the Colorado trail with a group of guys. It’s a high-altitude, backcountry trail that stretches from Durango to Denver (485 miles). Twelve days on the trail, ten days of which were riding. Lots of pushing, carrying, white-knuckling, just a brutal ride and an awesome experience.
Rebalancing your career
Eventually over time, an imbalanced career gets worse over time.