I have always admired the person who spends their entire career with one company. Part of my admiration stems from the realization that it was never in the cards for me. And, secondly, as a society we are moving further and further away from what once was our workplace ideal.
No longer. In the new economy, many careers will mirror my own, which started in broadcasting, where in order to move up, often times you had to move on. I did so, 8 times in 18 years. That experience created the opportunity to enter executive management which opened the door to the opportunity to own my firm.
Each move brought with it a huge challenge, uncertainty, risk, fear of failure and a determination to succeed. Ask any entrepreneur if they experience the same set of anxieties.
While I admire those colleagues of mine who over the years remained loyal to their single employer, my own experience suggests the career path today is wide open and headed in multiple, unknown, directions.