And let go of the idea that there’s one ‘right’ or ‘perfect’ path for you. There are plenty of attention-grabbing paths to observe — and I guess none of them are ‘perfect’ for you,” she says. Her e-book advice for carving out a nonlinear path is “Designing Your Life” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. Especially earlier in your career, any move ahead will construct the latticework on which your future targets will rest. “A completely valid default for a short-term aim is to develop the skills wanted to get one notch greater in your organization’s leveling structure.