Kathleen shared an early career story about being prepared.
When she was in her late 20s looking at possible career paths, she left the opportunities in the job world for a period of time.
She decided to spend one year bicycling around the world with 250 people going to 42 countries and bicycling almost 20,000 miles in one year.
Kathleen decided to do that because she wanted to see the world from a different perspective. She had spoken different languages and she had been exposed to different cultures which made her more hungry to want to learn.
Her boss, whom she respected and trusted, told her it's not a good idea. Yet she believed and knew that she was doing this as preparation for things way down the line.
Sometimes, there's not a linear relationship between the things that people do and the outcomes that they have. You just have to put yourself in the right situation and see where this can go.
Always try to balance the risk and reward, whichever makes the most sense. There's really not a wrong move when it comes to things in your career.
Your sole goal is to make yourself more valuable to your organization and to yourself over time.
It benefits you to put yourself in that position to always be curious and to always be learning. Keep moving forward and it will make you a better person who can contribute more to somebody else.