You Can't Climb to Success Unless Someone Is Holding the Ladder

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No one, I repeat, no one gets to a level of fame, fortune and notoriety by themselves. Everyone needs someone to help them achieve greatness. Michael Jordan was the star, but he needed his team mates in order to win. Behind every great performer (and not so great performer) there are managers, promoters, publicists and more all standing in their shadow doing what needs to be done to move their star even higher.

My role as a career coach is to hold your ladders as you climb to your desired level of success. That ladder is constructed and strengthened by an effective resume, strong networking and research skills and reinforced by interview tips that are honed to achieve results. You, however, determine what it is you intend to reach at the summit of that ladder.

If you want to be successful, then find someone who is doing what you want to do (or is doing something very similar) and latch onto their coattails. If you don’t have a mentor, then get one. Why reinvent the wheel when you can access someone who has already gone down that road? Are you afraid of being considered a pest? Well, that’s just an excuse. The fact is, successful people enjoy lending their time to others who are serious about getting what they want out of life.

Keep in mind that no man is an island and no one ever gets to the top without someone else’s help.

John P. Carvana is a certified Life Purpose and Career Coach. With almost thirty years as a career service practitioner, John has assisted hundreds of individuals in career transition. He is the president and founder of LPF Consulting and can be contacted at He also serves as the director of career services at the University of the Pacific.
Copyright 2005 John P. Carvana, LPF Consulting


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