197. Navigating Career Setbacks and Achieving Success

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Career Setbacks and Achieving Success

From time to time, I am reminded that setbacks are a natural part of life. As a career coach, I often share my clients' success stories on social media, celebrating their achievements when they land a new job or sign a significant contract. However, it's essential to remember that the road to success is rarely smooth.

The journey from when someone starts working with me to the point they achieve their career goals is not a straight line. It's more like a rollercoaster ride, filled with ups and downs, twists and turns. Along this path, we learn, we fail, and sometimes, it can be incredibly frustrating. Setbacks have the unfortunate power to slow down our momentum. They can hinder our progress toward our goals and leave us feeling stuck. Whether it's pursuing a lifelong dream, job hunting, or training for a marathon, setbacks can cause us to lose ground and prevent us from moving forward.

It's important to understand that life's journey is rarely linear. It's unrealistic to expect a clear and obstacle-free path. Instead, we should embrace the rollercoaster nature of life and recognize that challenges are part of the growth process. Life's journey is never just a straight line. Embrace the rollercoaster, and let's overcome setbacks together.

Now, you might be wondering, "How do I overcome these setbacks?" In this podcast episode from our archive, I share some valuable tips and personal stories that can help you navigate through career setbacks more effectively. We'll explore strategies to regain momentum, build resilience, and stay motivated when facing challenges.

Remember, setbacks are not signs of failure; they are opportunities for growth. So, join me on my podcast, where we'll dive into the world of career setbacks and emerge with a newfound perspective and determination to conquer any obstacle that comes our way.

Timestamps to guide your listening: 

  • Tip #1: Embrace your emotions (05:31)
  • Tip #2: Shift away from pain (12:22)
  • Tip #3: Update your goals and plans (17:06)
  • Tip #4: If you can improve your game, now is the time to revisit your steps (23:53)

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Hello, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also an executive coach, job hunting expert, and career strategist. I teach corporate, non-profit, and public professionals the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change, and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 

If you are 1) an ambitious professional who is keen to develop a robust career plan, 2) looking to find your next job or promotion, or 3) you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market so that when you are ready, and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you. In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have developed a range of courses and services for professionals in career or job transition. And, of course, I also coach private clients. 

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Enjoy the episode, and ciao for now!


Renata Bernarde | Job Hunting Expert

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