08/02/2011 04:08 pm ET | Updated Oct 02, 2011

The Top 10 Lessons of Career Reinvention: What My Five Careers Have Taught Me

I’ve significantly revised my career numerous times over my 25 years of working, and each time, I’ve learned some powerful, surprising lessons — about myself, my capabilities, perceptions, misconceptions, and about what it takes for me to attain what I want.

Each career change led me down a new path, and often, the destination wasn’t at all what I’d hoped or planned. Huge mistakes were made, certainly, but what I’ve learned has been of great value and utility, allowing me to focus ever more closely on what matters to me as I hit midlife.

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