Wanting to climb the corporate ladder is a perfectly natural feeling feeling for most of us. After all, it is a clear demonstration of progress – not just to ourselves, but also to our peers. Few graduates would deny that they have such aspirations.
However tempting it might be to start climbing, the moment one starts heading skywards is the moment it becomes more difficult to further study the undergrowth in any great detail and to appreciate how it all hangs together. It will never again be as easy – coming back down from above is never as appealing as climbing upwards.
We all learn and develop at our own pace. We know that we need to be able to walk before trying to run – and the same is the case with the corporate ladder. The best way of preparing ourselves for future success is by resisting the natural urge to start climbing until we’re ready.
Those who remain in the undergrowth will have altogether more respect for us later, when we’re surveying the view from the top.