In making career choices we can choose many different directions for many different reasons. Numerous circumstances, relationships, living arrangements, professional goals, and personal preferences come into play. Knowing that you are making the best choice is vital.
Brad Smith is the CEO of Intuit. Reflecting on the importance and complexity of career decisions, Smith affirms a powerful guiding principle (“How Did I Get Here?: Brad Smith” Bloomberg Businessweek, 2/15/16–2/21/16, p. 64):
“Choose a workplace not for ego reasons like title and money, but because it fits your values and surrounds you with smart people.”
There is no evil in titles and money. They are often the positive consequences of our life’s journey. However, they can predispose us to evil when we make them our overriding passion to the exclusion of all other life relationships and concerns.
Far more important than titles and money is being in the right place at the right time. This means, as Smith suggests, that our values will resonate with the organization and we will recognize that we are being enriched by the people around us. That means we are making career choices with the heart.