[MMM] The Safest Way to Make a Choice at Mid Career

Happy Monday morning,


The children’s section is one of my favourite spots in book stores. As a father, I loved finding a good book while I was travelling to read to my children when I came home. I am drawn to the design and wisdom in the simple characters and stories.


Two of my personal favourites were Winnie the Pooh and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I slept with a teddy until I was 10 which could have contributed to my bias towards bears. There is also vein of truth that runs through each of those stories.


It’s known as The “Porridge Principle. “


You remember the story:


This bowl is too hot.This bowl is too cold.This bowl is just right.


In cognitive science and developmental psychology, the “Porridge Principle” refers to a person’s preference to attend to events that are neither too simple nor too complex according to their current representation of the world.


This principle can be applied to the professional world as well which we see with our clients on a daily basis. Our clients in these cases have the right skills, but their mindset isn’t ready for their transition.


In this case, the mid point of their career provides the greatest danger and the greatest opportunity. An example of this is when IT professionals see opportunities in a way that is either too simple or too complex according to the current mindset and context.


It was too early because of my age. My voice was ready, but you need a certain maturity to start those. Not only voice. Your attitude has to be in the right place for those roles.”  – Anita Rachvelishvili


Anita is a Georgian operatic mezzo-soprano and is especially known for singing Verdi. Conductor Riccardo Muti said of her in 2018, “She is without doubt the best Verdi mezzo-soprano today on the planet. Without. Doubt.


The role in Verdi, was just right and so was she. 


This role is too small.This role is too large.This role is just right.


In our professional lives, there are choices that are “just right”. We are ready for them and, they are ready for us. But how do we know what they are? As Winnie the Pooh wisely counselled, “Think, think, think.”


Leading along the road with you,




P.S. Job seekers, join our next CareerClass webinar and get a backstage pass to HR. Learn how HR screens, hires, negotiates and promotes. Stephen Williams, senior HR professional, shares the “insider” secrets. Reserve your spot for June 26 from 12-1.




P.P.S. Wanting to find that next role that is just right? Reach out to Cynthia Hannigan-Thaw, Client Success Specialist at cynthia.hannigan-thaw@careerjoy.com or 1-877-256-2569 ext 4.