As dramatic as Barack Obama's life story may be, his path to the White House was rather orthodox. He went to Harvard. Law School. State Senate. U.S. Senate. President.
That's probably the path you need to take if you too hope to become the most powerful man or woman in the free world. For the rest of us with slightly lower ambitions, there is also pressure to follow a clearly defined career track and stick to it.
On the other hand, in today's dramatically shifting economy we can see that flexibility can be a much more important still than constancy. In today's lesson, former Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman describes how success in her career all comes back to taking advantage of opportunities, and resisting the need to be overly goal-oriented.
How does this apply to your own career strategy?