Jan 032013

Taking Stock, Part II

Taking Stock, Part II

Last year, I wrote about the three questions I ask myself at the beginning of every year to make sure my career is still on track. [http://www.onlyonceblog.com/2012/01/taking-stock]   The questions are:

  1. Am I having fun at work?
  2. Am I learning and growing as a professional?
  3. Is my work financially rewarding enough, either in the short term or in the long term?

This year, I am adding a fourth suggestion following a great conversation I had a bunch of months back with Jerry Colonna, a great CEO coach, former VC, and all around great person.  Question four is:

Am I having the impact I want to have on the world?

This last question was probably always implicit in my first two questions – but I like calling it out separately.  All of us have purpose in our lives and impact on others, whether it’s family, friends, colleagues, clients, or some slice of broader humanity.  Asking whether that impact is present and enough is just another check and balance on my own operating system to make sure that I’m still on track with my own goals and values.

Happy New Year!

Filed under: Leadership, Management


  • http://www.silverpop.com Loren McDonald

    Matt, I REALLY like this – especially with your addition of the 4th question. Thanks for sharing! Have a great 2013.

    Loren McDonald

    • Matt Blumberg

      Thanks so much, Loren – happy new year to you as well!Matt

  • http://www.v12groupinc.com Kym Vance


    All EXCELLENT questions and for some, tough to answer. Thanks and Happy New Year!

    Kym Vance
    V12 Group

  • http://blog.ginsudo.com ginsu

    Hi Matt – many years ago a mentor gave me similar advice, but expressed it in only two questions: Are you having fun? Are you adding value? These are your first and fourth rules, and I think they subsume the other two.

    If you're having fun, that has to mean you're learning, because it's no fun to do the same thing over and over again, even if you're successful. If you're adding value – and the arbiter of "value" is that it's both recognized by the organization and lives up to your self-worth – then the financial rewards will be there.

    Happy 2013! Have fun! Add value!

    • Matt Blumberg

      Simplicity rules.Matt