And my boss sat me down and said, "Well it's not Europe...it's Japan" And I said, "Japan? But I don't want to go to Japan!"
He said "Listen, Chief, we can keep you here in the U.S. and you can keep doing what you're doing, but we expect major changes in the IT organization. The activities, costs, the spending will be reduced. If you stay here, you are not going to have any opportunities and you are not going to get promoted. You've been talking international experience and here's a move up to the next level. This move to Japan is perfect for you. You may not realize it now, but this is good for you and your career. My advice to you is to accept the gift and take the opportunity." I did, and it was one of the best moves I ever made.
So, the advice is: Not everything that comes your way will seem perfect at first. Just because you can't see it then, don't miss opportunities that, when you look in the rearview mirror later on, cause you to kick yourself for having passed on them.
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