On Professional Decline

by | Nov 13, 2019 | Entrepreneurship | 0 comments


There aren’t many articles that I’d recommend to everyone.

Your Professional Decline is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think by Arthur Brooks is one of them.

It’s a long read, but worth it. If you don’t want to go through the whole thing, the title gives you the gist.

Brooks studied the question of career trajectories in depth, and found that as much as most entrepreneurs would prefer to “drop in harness,” all of us should prepare for a career that won’t just keep pressing upwards endlessly.

Even though the article sounds depressing to read, I walked away from it with a sense of gratitude.

Why? Because entrepreneurship can provide an incredible platform for riding the waves of change.

Youth is a great time for innovation and risk. Our minds are wired for it. We can tackle the steep learning curve of building something completely new.

Over time, we start to collect a library of knowledge and wisdom that stays with us. We become more ready to teach others what we’ve learned and pass on a legacy.

Our businesses can give us the platform to do that too.

We can freely design our businesses to adjust what success looks like in each season.

That’s my takeaway – if you read the article, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Until next week,


“Unhappy is he who depends on success to be happy.” Alex Dias Ribeiro