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Posts Tagged ‘networking events’

Top 5 Cars…and How they Compare & Contrast…to Your Career

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 10.04.45 PMTonight, I’ve been doing some hard core meeting planning (not my best thing)…and I’ve been thinking about networking.

Not something I enjoy doing at a live meeting….with a focus ONLY of…networking. I liken it to a spray of cheesy pitches and card trades that go absolutely nowhere post-networking-event.

So, I was thinking of a game or something we could play along with this networking event coming up.  Since it will be in May and in the Indianapolis area – the first thought I had was – Indy 500. That led to cars. Then, I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to compare and contrast one’s top 3-5 cars vs. their careers? As in, describe what you love most about your favorite 3-5 cars, and then compare those loves to your own career.

Too Pluto? I don’t know, but I’m going to try and write through it below.  Below are my top 5 favorite cars, what I love about them, and then the bit about comparing and contrasting to my career.

5. Pretty much anything Fiat.  While the newer models are ok, I’m really more of a vintage Fiat 500 kind of girl.  What I like about them: they’re easy. Tiny. Can zoom around quickly, go a lot of places that other vehicles cannot, and you can park them pretty much anywhere.

How this car fits into describing my career:  This one is pretty obvious….but being flexible about your career in this day and age. You have to be willing and excited to go places where no one else has gone in your chosen career (in my case, building a portfolio that has a weird but interesting intersection between pharmacy, business, law, writing, podcasting, etc.)

4. 1959 Karmann Ghia Coupe. Yes, pink. Yes, like Andi’s in Pretty in Pink.  This car is a classic, but has a bit of a funky edge in the pink color. And, candidly, it’s a little bit ugly.

How this car fits into describing my career:  Classic, but with a bit of a funky edge.  Also, some wear and tear on me just like Andi’s car….been in my career officially for over 20 years now, and I’ve incurred some bruises…lol! There’s always some ugly in one’s career, but that’s part of the life journey, right?

3. Jeeps.  I prefer the Liberty and now I have a Renegade (which ironically has a Fiat engine in it – see #5 – lol). They are reliable, sturdy, can plow through snow, aren’t egregiously expensive, and you can crank on the 4-wheel drive when needed.

How this car fits into describing my career: I’m reliable, and I can plow through a snowbank of work, if needed. I won’t comment on the egregiously expensive bit. Ha.

2.  BMW Isetta: Once again, in the 1950s, this type of “bubble” car was made by several manufacturers; my favorite design just happens to be the BMW version. It’s fun, it’s literally bubbly, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

How this car fits into describing my career: While I take my work as seriously as a myocardial infarction, I don’t take myself too seriously. Work should have a little fun in it…!

1. And my number 1 favorite car is…the 1956 Porsche 356. Black, convertible. Goes fast and is slightly dangerous. The Porsche 550 Spyder was what James Dean died in.  All the convertible Porsches share the commonality of being fast and dangerous.

How this car fits into describing my career: Fast, just like life itself. And also just like life itself, inevitably fatal.  This car is an excellent place to end on, both for my analogy and my post.

What’s your favorite car, what do you love about it, and how or does it fit into your career development or career path, in any way?

Ladies and gents, start your engines…!