Ways to Overcome Career Obstacles
Most of the professionals, whose career journeys you admire today, have undergone a particular setback in the past which they overcame and came out stronger. Such stories can provide a source of inspiration if you ever find yourself in the middle of a career crisis. How you handle yourself during a crisis in your career determines whether or not you bounce back and thrive.
This article takes a look at the Hakkunde movie, Nigeria’s first career-based movie and the best ways to recover from a career failure if you ever find yourself in such a dire situation. A career crisis can manifest in several ways. Your responsibility is to recognise it appears and like Akande did, take action.
In Hakkunde, the lead character, Akande (Frank Donga) finds himself in a very sticky situation as his career takes a plunge. The story and the entire movie revolves around how he handles several career roadblocks including a move that sees him relocate from Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial hub.
Here are the lessons highlighted in the movie:
Find Out Why You Failed
When you fail at something, there is always a reason why you failed. Failure stems from ignorance or taking things for granted and there are several instances of this. Are you in the habit of copying and pasting the CV of your friends and rushing through while making a few changes? This is not the right way to write your CV. Find out the specific mistakes you made and be honest enough to be objective.
Pick Out Lessons From Your Mistakes
Your ability to learn from your mistakes will eventually make or mar your career. When mistakes are made or when you find yourself failing in your career, then it is not enough to know what your mistakes are. Pick out the lessons from portions of your career where you have erred and make a conscious decision to turn things around.
In the movie Hakkunde, Akande’s life was riddled with mistakes until he began to ask himself pertinent questions.
You should also be keen on learning from the mistakes of others. Ask them to tell you about a time they failed, how they dealt with it and what they learned. The responses you get gives you an opportunity to learn from others.
Strive to Be Like People Who Have Failed but Bounced Back
A large number of successful people recorded several episodes of failure and career crisis but they bounced back better and stronger. In the Hakkunde Movie, Akande failed at his teaching job but rather than throw in the towel, he takes the bull by the horn.
Like Akande, the following people also recorded failures but were able to persist and turned their careers around:
Oprah Winfrey: She was fired from her first TV job as an anchor.
Steven Spielberg: His blockbuster was rejected twice by the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
Thomas Edison: He was told by his teachers he was ‘too stupid to learn anything.’
Walt Disney: He was told he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.
J.K. Rowling: She was a broke, depressed, divorced single mother simultaneously writing a novel while studying.
Abraham Lincoln: He achieved the unique feat of leaving for a war a captain and returning a private (the lowest military rank).
Stephen King: He had his first book titled ‘Carrie’ rejected 30 times.
All of these men and women went on to become phenomenal successes in their respective fields. Always remember that a failure grants you an opportunity to discover secrets, skills and strategies capable of lifting you to the summit of your career.
You Have to Let it Go
One of the big mistakes you can make when your career runs into a crisis situation is to become hard on yourself to a point where you cannot separate your thoughts from this mistake. This mindset will not get you anywhere.
Concentrate on taking several steps backwards, analyse the situation, learn from your experience and then, move on.
Don’t Waste Time
Mulling over a particular mistake denies you the opportunity of seeing past it and hence wastes time that should have been spent in recovery. When you fail woefully at some, you should react quickly. Brooding over a failure or not taking any action at all would do more damage to your career than what currently obtains.
According to Theodore Roosevelt, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
The life and story of Akande are pointers that there can be a point in your life where nothing seems to be working. However, with a concrete desire to try one more time, you can achieve results that will engrave your name in the hearts of millions of people and families all over the world.
Here is a quote from Michael Jordan whose coach once cut off from his high school basketball team as he was not considered to be good enough to make the team. Today, he is widely acknowledged as the greatest basketball player of all-time:
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”