Top 4 Reasons Why Most Career Dreams Fail


In my work as a career coach and speaker, I interact with thousands of highly functional, achievement- oriented professionals with fantastic gifts, talents and skills who have BIG career dreams. But despite their talent, intellect and enthusiasm for building an awesome career, many won’t get there, not even close.

In today’s challenging times, professionals are longing too to discover their ‘life purpose” – the one unifying theme they think will bring them the joy, fulfillment, and meaning they desperately yearn for. But a vast majority won’t be successful on that front either. Not for lack of trying or laziness — but because they are looking in all the wrong places, and taking actions that propel them backward or sideways, but not forward.

Why do so many career dreams crash and burn?

I’ve observed four key behaviors that guarantee you won’t achieve your deepest career hopes and dreams.

Below are the top four behaviors that will kill your dreams:

You’re doing the WRONG things to get what you want

The vast majority of professionals today can’t identify what they really want to create and achieve in their lives. They’re in the dark about themselves and their deepest longings.

But there are some people who DO know what they want, and can articulate it clearly, with passion.

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Kathy Caprino

Kathy Caprino

Kathy Caprino, M.A. is an international leadership, executive and career success coach and adviser, and President/Founder of Kathy Caprino, LLC, a top-level career consulting firm focusing dedicated to the advancement of women in business. A former corporate VP, trained family therapist and active coach, speaker and leadership trainer, Kathy has worked with over 15,000 mid- to high-level professionals in a wide range of industries, organizations and functions. She's coached individiuals at renowned Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, academia and startups and has served as a graduate instructor for New York University and a career speaker/trainer for numerous professional growth organizations including Network of Executive Women and the Pennsylvania Conference for Women. She is a Senior Forbes contributor and a trusted career voice on LinkedIn, Thrive Global and in the nation's top media. Kathy is also the author of Breakdown, Breakthrough and her newest book, The Most Powerful You: 7 Bravery-Boosting Paths to Career Bliss, July 2020 HarperCollins Leadership and Murdoch Books in Australia. For more information, visit, her Amazing Career Project course, and tune into her weekly podcast Finding Brave . Connect with her at @kathycaprino on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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