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What Does Your Future Look Like?

by: Lindsey Holby, CISR Elite, Surety Client Service Manager, McConkey Insurance & Benefits

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

I’ve been asked a lot lately, “what’s your future look like?” or “where do you see yourself in five years?” I’m going to be honest; I don’t know. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have goals or that I’m unmotivated. I just don’t know where my accomplishments will lead me, and I’m okay with that.

Ten years ago, if you would have told me I’d be working in the construction industry, I would have thought you were crazy. I was an English Literature major who had dreams of getting my graduate degree in American Literature.

But graduate school costs money, so when I was fresh out of college and needing a job in a small town, I applied and was hired by a local insurance agency. After some late nights, a sinus infection, and more tears than I care to admit, I managed to get my Pennsylvania Property and Casualty license. I worked for a year as a personal insurance agent before life sent me across the Commonwealth. A few years later, I ended up at McConkey Insurance & Benefits and was introduced to the world of surety and the construction industry.

It’s been six years, and I love what I do. The relationships I’ve built with my carriers, my coworkers, and my clients have allowed me to learn the industry from different perspectives. It has made me a better person professionally and personally.

So, my advice to you is – it’s okay if you don’t have a three-year or five-year plan. Sometimes, if you look too far in the future, you miss important opportunities along the way.



Posted April 26, 2022