Your professional decline is sooner than you think (The Atlantic)

Yes, it is. Sadly, I think I’m talking about myself.

Screenshot From The Atlantic article

There is a difference, David Brooks says, between “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues.” The challenge is recognizing when in our work lives, the second (should) become more important than the first.

A really thought provoking essay.

And, profoundly saddening.

Jump. Serve. Worship. Connect. Behave differently in the last third of your life, compared the first (primarily growing and learning) or second (working toward recognition, wealth, power).

Ray Dalio also encourages us to think about this in his book Principles (or the much more readable comic version of Principles). The arc of life is long, and many of us look at the pebbles in our path instead of the compass and the horizon.

I’ve began to value my work and home relationships more, and be less slavish to urgent, less-important emails (The ONE Thing). Turning off notifications, dipping less into social media, learning to focus, be strategic, step back and think big picture. Let others gain and grow in the spotlight.

CMIO’s take? Look at ME! I have the humility to admit that coaching and mentorship are magnificent force-multipliers and so much more gratifying than solo achievement! (see what I did there?)

Author: CT Lin

CMIO, UCHealth (Colorado); Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine

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