Maybe today, right now, you’re in a prestigious job (or one that promises to be). It challenges you but it really isn’t your life’s work.
What do you do? It’s especially hard to get out, because the pay is probably good, the whole undertaking is well-recognized by friends, peers, and family, and you’re continuing to grow and learn.
So you say to yourself: there’s no real risk in staying put. I’ll be just as qualified (more qualified) to get that job I really want a few years from now as I am today.
But there is a risk, and it comes from confusing the ability to get the next job and the ability to do the next job.
To get really good at something requires very specific skills. Selling isn’t the same thing as marketing isn’t the same thing as investing isn’t the same thing as advising isn’t the same thing as building a team isn’t the same thing as really understanding what happens when your suppliers give you crappy payment terms and you run out of cash.
So the risk is this: putting off (for years, maybe) starting to become really good at that thing you’re meant to be doing.
Sure this is fine, but what are you waiting for?