“You create the perfect job yourself!”
Marion Debruyne and Katleen De Stobbeleir about career myths
Contrary to popular belief, building a successful career does not mean accumulating promotions and getting to the top as quickly as possible. In Making your way: The (wobbly) road to success and happiness in life and work, Marion Debruyne, Dean at Vlerick Business School, and Katleen De Stobbeleir, Full Professor at the same institution, unravel 15 myths about career success and happiness in life.
Laurien Van Nieuwenhove, Content Officer BDO Marketing & Communication
Warning! “This is above all not a recipe book that you must follow to the letter. We only offer tools and ingredients so that you can season to your own taste,” say the authors, putting their work into perspective.
I have a dream…
Do you remember what you wanted to be as a child? Ballerina, professional footballer, or perhaps an astronaut? Whatever your ambition, a 9-to-5 desk job probably was not on that list. And yet that is what many of us end up doing. So, are those childhood dreams of yesteryear a fraud? Marion and Katleen think not: “Big dreams drive you forward. If you think big, you also undertake big things, even if you do not ultimately fulfil those ambitions or you decide to follow a different path. By pushing yourself into a corner, you put a brake on what is possible for yourself.”
Our potential reaches much further than we think. Marion says: “The fear of failure – and, oddly enough, of success – stops many chasing those big dreams. After all, accomplishments set expectations and put on pressure. The pursuit of perfection and the fear of not achieving it is then large. This often holds back enthusiastic starters, and even more experienced professionals, from aiming higher.”
“Everyone has leadership in them but interprets success differently.”
Marion Debruyne, Dean Vlerick Business School