Why do people get trapped in a mid-career rut? In some cases it’s because, after succeeding early on, they play it safe rather than continuing to take the risks that would help them advance. As a result, they feel stuck in the status quo. If this situation sounds familiar, don’t just hope things will change — get help. Find a trustworthy mentor who has navigated the same challenges and come out the other side. During your meetings together, discuss the tough work situations you’re facing, and ask about their experiences and how they push themselves to keep growing. You could also find an executive coach to meet with regularly. A good coach will help you understand what’s holding you back and explore options for your future. And do some reflecting on your own, too. Think about whether you still get satisfaction from your job, whether you’re playing it safe at work, and where you want your career to go next.

This tip is adapted from “Are You at Risk of a Mid-Career Rut?” by Laurence Minsky and Julia Tang Peters

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