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Is it better to keep doing what you’re good at or to challenge yourself with something out of your comfort zone?

Throughout all of my life, I’ve always gotten stuck at forks in the road: one pathway appearing to be safe and pleasant, and the other looking more like the depths of Hell. The sloth in me is always tempted to just take the easiest paths; however, this doesn’t often lead to the self-growth that I long for. On the other hand, I see the glistening destination at the end of the more difficult road, but whenever I do decide to take that path, it seems like mission impossible. What’s your opinion? #decisions #choices #career-choices

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Margaret’s Answer

I would encourage a mixture between these two. I would establish yourself in your career to a point you feel comfortable, but I would also recommend pushing yourself toward great success and further your accomplishments. Pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone is likely to bring career growth, personal growth, and overall success.

Thank you comment icon I do agree that a mixture is great, but I would go a bit further and always encourage you to take on a challenge or a task you don't feel comfortable with, because I think this isa great opportunity to always be learning and developing your skills. always remember its ok to struggle and to fail. Susanne Handstein
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Tatiana’s Answer

In my experience, it’s a fusion of both pathways that you are describing that will lead you to your finest destination. If you choose just one of them - any of them – you may end up feeling disappointed, because always playing safe means underachievement, while constant challenge will inevitably cause exhaustion.

To find a perfect career path, start with the occupations that you are naturally good at (or that come easily to you); just don’t stop right there yet. Instead, within these occupations, continue looking for areas that you feel curious about and drawn to, but may be lacking expertise or practical skills you really admire and would love to have – those could be pointing to your ideal jobs.

Good luck!

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