A Fresh Look at Career and Success

Its time to dust off the resume. Not because of a job search, but rather to gain a new perspective on your career and how it lines up with “success.”

Winston Churchill

If you were to take your resume and truly list the successes and failures without all of the hype, what would it look like? Try it. Take out a piece of paper and make three columns. List the jobs you have held in column one. Next list the major initiatives in column two that you tried to accomplish while in that role. Finally, list either the word success, failure or mixed in the third column.

Let me show you an example of Winston Churchill’s executive career (partial list). It might just give you new insight on your own leadership career.

Job Major Initiatives Result
First Lord of Admiralty
(1911-1915)
Power Conversion Project
Naval Air Corps
Tank Development Project
Dardenelles Offensive
Success
Success
Success
Failure
Munitions Minister
(1917-1919)
Streamlining Ministry
Output Increases
Success
Success
Sec. of State Air & War
(1919-1920)
Russian Invervention
Demobilization
Failure
Success
Colonial Secretary
(1920-1922)
Home Rule for Ireland
Middle East Reorg
Mixed
Success
Chancellor
(1924-1929)
Gold Standard Restoration
Income Tax Reduction
Tax Reform
Coal Strike Mediation
Failure
Success
Failure
Failure
First Lord of Admiralty
(1939-1940)
Norwegian Offensive Failure
Prime Minister
(1940-1945)
World War II Success
Prime Minister
(1951-1955)
Cold War Settlement Failure

Do you see the strings of failure in the midst of success? If you were gut honest and laid your career out like this, what would it say?

Here is what Churchill said as he looked back over his career and his many failures and his success:

“Success is going from failure to failure without loss of confidence.”

Fresh perspective is the ability to look holistically over a person’s life without getting absorbed in the minutia of a 2-3 year portion of a career. Think bigger, friends. Stretch your perspective to look at the larger mural of your life as it plays out in this world. It will bring much relief to the moments of insecurity and gloom.

Guard your confidence on the road through failure.

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