Of all the career metaphors out there (rat race, climbing the ladder, etc.), one of the most evocative comes from Korn Ferry CEO Gary Burnison, who likens career advancement to surfing. Burnison, author of Lose the Resume, Land the Job, says everybody gets a certain number of “waves”—opportunities big and small. The trick is to find the right wave that will take you the farthest and provide an exciting and meaningful ride. In a podcast interview, Burnison discusses how to accelerate your career with self-awareness, skill development, having and inspiring confidence, motivating yourself and others, being a curious, lifelong learner, and more.


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