Knowing what you know now, would you choose the same career? That’s the question Adweek recently asked some industry hotshots.
– "I would be braver about my choices – less linear – and take jobs that would provide completely different experiences"
– "I always wanted to play lead guitar for Led Zeppelin and to be the founder of Google. So depending how far back in time we’re talking about, that would be my career arc."
– ‘"I would still choose advertising because I can’t think of any other job where you get to do so many things every day, where every day is unlike the day before."
And, aside from playing center field for the Mets, I couldn’t imagine a better job than mine. Sure, there are some bad times, bad clients and bad people, but the positives far, far outweigh the negatives.
Too many people sell themselves short too soon. They marry, find themselves saddled with mortgage payments and settle for a job they hate.
I’ve come to believe that fun and job satisfaction are intertwined with risk taking. The more one is willing to risk to pursue his or her passion, the happier he or she is. I’ve climbed mountains with guides who live at, or near, the bottom of the socioeconomic scale, but are high on life because they’re doing exactly what they want. In my book, they’re the truly rich people.
So, while I may not be tracking down fly balls at Shea or leading climbers up the Matterhorn, I don’t regret a moment. To paraphrase the wording on W.C. Fields’ tombstone: "All things considered, I’d rather be in PR."