So, you took the job anyway.

You knew the challenges. You knew the risks.You knew the odds. They were clear.

But, it was going to be OK for you. You’re different. You have more experience. You’re better than others. The execs would have your back. It paid well.

Until it wasn’t OK. Until you were held accountable for problems they should have been taking care of. Until you realised there were people working against the project/program. Until you realised you weren’t getting a handle on the politics. Until you got tired and angry and frustrated. Until you lost perspective. Until you felt humiliated and worried for the future. Until they told you they found someone else who’d be a better fit.

Until you were alone.

Some people thrive in fire. But they are few and far between. If you’re not one of them and have been burned, there is only one thing to do.

Notch it up to experience. Learn from it and don’t make the same mistake again.

And remember, doing the same thing over and over will always get you the same result.

You’re smarter than that.