I stand here today a world famous whatever, but I can honestly say that along the way I’ve fucked up more opportunities than [fill in the Cheers star]. No, really!
But I’m not here to talk about MY fuckups, thank you. I want to know about YOUR messy handling of career opportunities, the kind you constantly look back on and say, “If only I had taken that job, I wouldn’t be scrubbing toilets today. I could have been polishing doorknobs!”
So make me feel better. Tell me your biggest career regret–and whether that one incident really made a difference in your life or it’s all in your self-flaggelating imagination.