Make the Most Out of Getting Stuck


When you were young you probably, at some point, sat down and thought about what you wanted to do with the rest of your life. Should you go to college? After college, should you continue for a Master’s degree? Does your newly acquired degree really reflect what you are passionate about? It is interesting to take a minute, stop, and think about how far you have come and what you have been through to get to where you stand today. If you are like the majority, you have been through trying times, personally and professionally. It was those moments, though, that may have made the biggest impact on your choices and current lifestyle.

When pressed for time or are under significant pressure, we tend to make snap judgments and quick decisions. We run into these situations daily, but ever so often we find ourselves face-to-face with something a little more “sticky”. In a recent post on the Harvard Business Review’s Blog Network, Gianpiero Pertriglieri shares the story of the moment he got “stuck”.

Pertriglieri explains how his situation helped him take a step back from everything and realize what he really wanted from his professional career. He wanted to follow his dreams, but he didn’t want his dreams to become his reality; for if they did, he’d have to find something new to chase. He describes his realizations;

“For all the value we put on plans and pursuits, what makes us who we are is often what we do with life’s surprises. Temptations don’t always point to what we really want, but often hint towards who we are trying to become. Maturity is not the ability to pursue or suppress them. It is the ability to take them seriously without always taking them literally.”

So what can we, as individuals and professionals, take from this?

Petriglieri, before his accident, was ready to make what he loved into a career, but he began to realize that it wasn’t the job that would make him happy, it was the effort he put into his work. He learned to enjoy the moments of worth and use what he was already doing as encouragement to do better.

In all, we should be thankful for the moments that seem the hardest because they may have shaped who we are today and who we have yet to become.

Read Petriglieri’s entire story here!

What has been your turning point so far? Do you think it defines your personal and professional career as much as it did for Petriglieri? Share with us below!

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