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I’ve noticed that even reading or listening about a particular topic that’s adjacent or not-the-point-of-waning-passion helps too. That said, I change my environment or find something like my (never quite enough) golf hobby helps.

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I've kept the passion alive in two ways: 1) Continuous improvement - I'm always looking for better, faster, and cheaper ways to provide the products and services my team offers, and 2) I change jobs. I've been at my current company 11 years (longest tenure during my career) and I've had four different roles. They're not completely different, just expansions or pivots - HR Operations -> Talent Management -> Training & Development -> Leader Development. I may be in the minority, but I think companies should consider establishing term limits for their high-potential leaders and individual contributors. At one company I worked at, they set it at 18 to 24 months - I thought this was too short. Three to five years might be better. I guess it would depend on the role and industry. I think we get too hunkered down and territorial in our jobs and forget that it is not about us. It is about the role we play. If you've been in your role a long time and you feel stuck, maybe it's time to audition for a new one.

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Completely agree here. I've found the sweet spot for me in my previous two positions to be ~3 years. It gives me time to adjust to the position, try new things out, see how they work and fine tune systems, as well as gain a different perspective on how my work impacts the organization. From there it's easier to decide where I'll want to go next based on the bottlenecks or challenges that I've encountered.

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Plus I think it gives someone else an opportunity to step in the role and do something new with it.

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Apr 17, 2023Liked by Admired Leadership

When the fire dies out to a redundant career it is important to remember why you felt the need to be in that particular position in the first place. You need to ask yourself "Have I master my skills in this field?" or "Is there nothing else to learn?". Have I exulted all possibilities to excel in this area? When the answer to these questions are all yes, then that should tell you that you ae ready to be challenged at another level. Some careers have an expiration date, and it's time for a career advancement.

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One of my favorite parts of this post is the emphasis on how normal this is. Our lives operate on seasons, and it's normal to go through a season of reduced passion. What's important is how you react to it, right?

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