It is so unfortunate that people miss out on enormous opportunities . . . if only they would have taken the time to think about them and question their beliefs.

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm the head coach for and I thought I would do a video today about stupid interview mistake . . . I'm sorry, a stupid career mistake that people make much too often. And it's the mistake of not looking ahead and seeing where things might go and those missing out on opportunities.

You get the chance to do something different. It's outside of your comfort zone and thus you pass it up, because it's risky. Risky. There's so few risks that you could have the opportunity to take that are going to come back and haunt you, haunt you because you made the wrong choice. Often, professionally, we are so conservative, we are so frightened that we might fail, that we cause our later failure because we've never been stretched.

I'll speak for myself. I know, there was a point where . . . Excuse me. I inadvertently hit the desk. . . . I know there was a point in my career, where I thought of becoming a therapist in private practice, and met my wife in graduate school. I defer that. Great choice. No regrets about that whatsoever. We decided to get married, have a family, buy a house, do all this traditional kinds of things. But there was a point later on where I decided I really, like I was earlier, was not happy with my existing career. And I took the chance of making the transition. Had no regrets about it whatsoever.

You may have opportunities at your firm or at another firm to make a fairly dramatic change. And I want you to think about the upside.

It's like when you get the job offer and you don't pay attention to the brand of the firm that you'd be joining and just stick with the company that no one's ever heard of before. Well, you're putting a risk on. Now the reverse can also be true, you could be at the brand firm, and have the opportunity to start a little teeny, tiny Google. And there are stories about that to where people pass up the opportunity to join Google in the early days for fear that (fill in the blank).

We never know what the results are going to be. We're always taking calculated risks. We know nothing. I always ask this question-- what makes (I'm talking to myself here;I'm not talking to you), what makes you think you're right? What is it that I've taken in from all these other inputs that causes me to miss some of the subtleties that are going on here? Let me examine and look at the subtleties, just to make sure I have as much information as possible.

Start doing it for yourself. Start asking yourself the question what makes me think I'm right about this decision? Where did I get that opinion from? Because it may not really be your own. It may be a parents or friends, someone, but yours is really the only one that matters. Don't make the career mistake of not looking ahead and seeing the choice, the opportunity, the possibility, and then being clear about your decision. Being certain as best you can about your decision, but with full information.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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