By José Emilio Pacheco

Seven tales depict harsh realities of existence in city Mexico and the tragedies of youth innocence betrayed.

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Every aspect of their life is affected—mind, body, spirit, and relationships. For many, it takes a crisis or a time of introspection for them to decide to take off the mask and be themselves. When they make this decision, they liberate themselves and find that people respond better to the real person. Clearly, being your own brand is a waste of time and will actually derail your path to career wealth. Instead of managing your image, you should be clear on who you are and what you love, and find opportunities to pursue this within your organization.

Expressing Passion in Different Ways People often confuse passion with open and frenetic expression. We have all seen and known the “creative types” who are constantly open with their feelings and passions and bring this into the work they do. But passion can also be manifested through quiet and intensive resolve. The truth is, passion is the force behind bringing into being what we love. It is attached to the core of who we are and what we want to achieve in our lives. It is intense. And how it translates into life and work will vary from person to person.

Just like people, career paths can be either predictable or unpredictable. They can be rational or emotional. Your career path need not be confined to the predictable parameters and actions defined by an organization. At any moment, you can shape your career in both conventional and unconventional ways if you so choose. In fact, a mark of those who have achieved sustained career wealth is having traveled a different road than most—one aligned with their passions, not common conventions. It’s not a coincidence that many of the truly successful high-tech leaders did not finish college.

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