Should Your Career Path be More Opportunistic or Planned?

Hola Todos!

As you all know, I search high and low for nuggets and I found a good one yesterday.  I enjoy listening to the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders podcast on the Stitcher app. “Stanford University’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar is a weekly speaker series that brings innovation leaders from business, finance, technology, education, and philanthropy, to share their insights with aspiring entrepreneurs from all over the world,” as described on the Stanford web site.

While listening Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s talk titled “Spotlight on Scalability” and presented on April 22, 2009 (older presentations are available on Stitcher but not on the web site), Ms. Sandberg was asked the following question:

“Earlier in your career path, were you more opportunistic in your career choices or were they planned?”

In her response, Ms. Sandberg responded quickly and conclusively, stating:

“I think in careers, you need two things; (you need) a long-term dream and a short-term plan. And a short-term plan, I don’t know if its a year or two years but its between 12 and 24 months – it’s not longer.  The stuff in between is a big waste of time at best, and completely anxiety producing and counterproductive at worst.”

Something to think about today…


Dr. Dan-o


Daniel M. Ladik, Ph.D.,

Associate Professor of Marketing

Stillman School of Business

Seton Hall University


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