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  • Tom Vachet

Feel like you've not hit your peak yet? It’s never too late!

Updated: Jun 23, 2019

"A study published in Nature found that about 90 percent of people will experience a “hot streak” in their career, which is that span of a few years when a person’s greatest, most effective work is produced. And — here’s the good part — your hot streak can appear at any point in your working life, meaning that it’s never too late (or too early) to hit your peak."

Following my undergraduate work I quickly established a successful business as a health care consultant. Then opportunity knocked, I walked away, made a cross-country relocation, and became a senior executive in a medical device manufacturing firm. In the process I took a 50% pay cut. I calculated the pay hit was worthwhile as I expanded my experience.

Two years later, at the age of 36, and after guiding that business through a turnaround, I sent back to school for my MBA, then became a consultant once again, but this time in the burgeoning tech industry. In the ten years that followed I was on a hot streak, moving from opportunity to opportunity, steadily rising the corporate ladder, finally being offered a CEO position in Beverly Hills, California.

Little did I know I would resign that position to join a high-tech start-up as an equity partner, only to see that business evaporate when the tech bubble burst on Wall Street. Traumatized by the experience, I regrouped, made a risky decision to begin a new career in the fitness industry as a personal trainer. And within five years, now in my early 50's, I had become a well known trainer to professional athletes and celebrities, making as much as I had in a suit and tie.

The lesson, you never know when you are going to peak in your career, and that where you start doesn't inform where you'll end up.

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