I've been the CIO at HubSpot for over 18 months — such an easy job. I'm serious. My predecessor was named Boston CIO of the year, and for good reason. He built a great team, set up a reliable global network and hired a world-class CSO to worry about the really hard problems. Everything we use was already in the cloud before I took the job.
Thanks Jim, you've made my job very easy :)
But now I want to make it hard.
Seven years into my time at HubSpot I've lost count of how many times I've sat with a smart, ambitious person who wanted advice on how to grow their career. I've got a list:
- Develop skills
- Solve problems
- Demonstrate your potential
- Don't be afraid to take risks
- Seize the opportunities that come your way even if they weren't what you were expecting
- Be the person the world needs right now; don't wait for the world to conform to your plan
If I could go back to those conversations, I'd tell those up-and-comers one more thing. Do what I'm trying to do today: Make your job harder.