I get the opportunity to listen to podcasts on my daily commute - either on the train if it is standing room only, as normal, or on the 40 minute walk home from the station in the evening. One of my favourite set of podcasts is from Stanford University's Entrepreneurship Corner ... http://ecorner.stanford.edu/podcasts.html.
A recent podcast was with Marc Pincus and Bing Gordon (http://ecorner.stanford.edu/authorMaterialInfo.html?mid=2277). There were two quotes in it that are particularly apt to me at the moment.
The first was a comment that anyone who is good should be making a "bet your job" decision at least once a year. This encourages you to push yourself and not become complacent and always take the easy option. Look to make an impact. (17 mins on).
The second comment was about being a CEO of something. The essence of this was that you should make sure you become the CEO of some aspect of the company you work at and that should be something concrete. The example given is of the receptionist who ended up being the "CEO" of the telephone system (13 mins on).
This week I have moved role within the company I work for. I have spent the last two years working on a high performance market data system - serious server back-end technologies.
I have now taken on the role of senior developer for the main GUI client application for the traders. I've always enjoyed GUI development and a lot of my background is in this area. This is a very high profile project that must not fail. I've gone from what could potentially be classed as a secure role, doing more of the same, to a much more risky high profile situation where I will be really pushing myself and hopefully helping others achieve great things as well.
So I've made my "bet your job" move and I am now CEO of GUI development. Let's see what happens!