The first manager to take an interest in me told me this when I let her know I was leaving my lead position. At the time I thought what she said was bizarre but the phrase stuck with me and has resonated with increasing volume as years have gone by. I loved the company but I wasn’t happy with the position I was in. This wasn’t because of factors she knew of though, it was because in my heart I knew what I wanted to do but I didn’t think I could make a stable income doing it. Or maybe I just didn’t believe in myself. Maybe both. However, this quote said to me by someone I deeply respected, prompted for me to reflect on exactly what my target was which in turn led me to realize how far I was from it. The gradual process to align with that target started almost 5 years ago and only recently began zeroing in on the bullseye.
Now, after several years, I think I understand what she was trying to say to me.