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September 30, 2007



I think this is something many of us face at this stage in our lives. The questions you ask at the end are not easy ones to answer. My path is slightly different to yours at the moment because of motherhood, but there's still the whole career thing to consider.

I think you have to go with your passion, and if that's outside the workplace you're currently in, then so be it. Easier said than done I'm sure.

Perhaps your mate needs to take up some interests outside of work if she's not already and see where it leads her, or look within the organisation and see what other jobs are available?

Unfortunately there's no simple answer.

Herman Najoli

Jory that's a good question. The image that comes to mind is that of Michael Jordan, the great basketball player, close to retirement yet holding his form in the 1998 NBA finals against the Utah Jazz. By this time everybody knows that he is the greatest. As the game comes to a close, Jordan rises against Karl Malone and his final shot hits nothing but net and wins the NBA championship for the bulls. This is the perfect cap to his glorious career. He walks away from the game with joy and satisfaction. When you have nothing left to prove I think you can kick back, relax and live with joy and satisfaction, knowing that you did your very best in the pursuit of your personal potential. What do you think?


My take on the ending of the Devil Wears Prada wasn't that she was going to give up her ambitions, necessarily, just that she was going to have them in a field she really loved. I mean, what's the point of being at the top of the heap if it's the wrong heap?


I think when you have nothing left to prove, the real fun can start. I've been at my company on and off for five or six years, and I've realized that since I did choose motherhood, I'm not going to choose to take on the hours required to go any higher. But I don't have anything left to prove at my current position. So I've started pushing the limits a little. Circling around and making my nest of a job more what I want it to be, trying to figure out how to ditch the parts I don't like. If this is where I am and am staying, then I want it to be more comfortable, dammit. It's one approach.

And I do think you're wise to realize you can't really have it all. You can, but not all at the same time, and sometimes that's a little hard to swallow. Better to go into it with your eyes open.

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Perhaps your friend needs to take some time off to consider how she really wants her life to be. If she has done it all career-wise, it wouldn't be so bad to focus on other things. Not necessarily motherhood. You mentioned she has a growing interest in interior design. That's one possible path for her. Whatever she has sacrificed along the way shouldn't be her main concern. Those sacrifices have shaped who she is at present. Nothing has been wasted.

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