Well done as always Alex. One thing though: I get the main direction/takeaway of this article, but feel strangely lost with the ‘end product’. Your experiences provided a good background to the thought factors of Preferences and Traps, but I think there’s a ton of potential on this topic that could be further developed (and frankly, questions that I would ask too). How do I know my preferences match my job/future job? How do I ignore them? What other traps are there? Can I self-diagnose my trap when I’m in the mid-career stage? What catalysts aim me in the right direction?
There’s a wealth of knowledge in here, lying in wait to be uncovered. Would love if this can be developed into an actual framework of career path discovery/rediscovery.