Do you have career regrets?


66% of participants in a recent survey said they have career regrets. And in most cases they were what Daniel Pink (in his book, The Power of Regret) calls “boldness regrets.” That is, people most often regret what they didn’t do but wish they had.

“Over time we are much more likely to regret the chances we didn’t take than the chances we did. What haunts us is the inaction itself.”

What if…
If only…
I should have…

Topping the list of career regrets were:

  • Not asking for a pay increase – 60%
  • Not prioritizing work-life balance in my career – 59%
  • Staying at a job too long – 58%
  • Not negotiating my salary when I took a job – 58%

Also among top regrets were not speaking up in a meeting (53%), not asking for a promotion (51%), and not making a full career change (44%).

Pink makes the case that our regrets can be a powerful catalyst for making big changes in our lives. “The science of regret shows that looking backward can move you forward.”

When you stop to reflect on your regrets – and your excuses (is it really too late?) – you can discover the lessons and transform them in opportunities.

Harness the power of regret by turning it into action.

Strive for growth and self-improvement…
Take that chance…
Lead a more fulfilling life.

Lorri Anderson

Lorri Anderson

Lorri Anderson is an expert consultant to businesses and a powerful coach to individuals. After a long and rich career as a strategic HR executive, she is driven to give back by changing the Human Experience in today’s workplaces, one business or human at a time.

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