Stephen Covey & Jennifer Colosimo in their book – : Great Work Great Career” say that for a person to have a great career he/she must live up to two standards. The first being that he/she must have made a distinctive contribution to the field of his work, and the other, that he/she must generate a strong feeling of loyalty/trust in others.
Going by this standard – A couple of my teachers back in school come to mind. They made an immense contribution to the lives of students like me and we trusted them completely to guide us in the right direction.
The interesting thing was that they were regular teachers teaching regular classes. They did not make much money and they were not very powerful outside of the limits of academics. But they guided the trajectory of my career and the careers of many other students. For this I am deeply indebted to them. Many of us students speak of them in a reverential manner.
I guess the next logical question to ask would be were they successful?
I am not sure.
As i said earlier – they were not wealthy and not very famous.
Does it mean that you can have a great career but not be successful or, put another way, you might be successful but yet have not had a great career.
Off-course this is just one example and we cannot generalize.
What do you think? Great career and Success – congruent ? or divergent ?