In my mid 20s, I felt pretty lost. While many of my friends who were settled into careers seemed to whiz past me, I stood in their dust. I felt pretty low and uncertain how to figure out what was next.

Fortunately, I befriended a woman who did employee development work, and she guided me through some powerful exercises she learned from Susan Conrad (I admittedly couldn’t find any of her work on this subject online to credit her) to help me see myself through the lens of my network, and to use those insights to help guide my path.

This was in 2010 and I still reflect back on the replies I got. Some are motivating, others painful. But they are all useful.

 

This post originally appeared on Forbes.com

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