Love the journey: 8 steps to career planning in the fire service

Begin with the end in mind to lay the foundation for a successful, rewarding firefighter career and retirement


In 1988, Steven R. Covey published his best seller, “7 Habits of Highly Successful People.” For three decades now, this book has remained a recommended read for individuals who are seeking to excel or to serve in a leadership position.

In this article, let’s focus on habit No. 2: “Begin with the end in mind.” Covey' encourages  readers to understand where you want to be; whether it is at the end of the day, end of the project or the end of your career. Having a plan is a crucial component of knowing who you are, what you want in life and what you want out of your fire service career.

It seems elementary, but time will go by very fast, and without planning, before you know it, you may find yourself uncertain where you will end up and the fairy-tale ending has escaped you.

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