Make the focal point of your career the development and implementation of highly valuable skills. Don’t focus on the number of years you have with a company, your client base, the number of people you supervise, or the size of the budget you manage. These are not in your control, so the potential loss of them creates insecurity.

There will always be opportunities to apply your skills, often in many different industries. The more you exercise your skills and apply them creatively, the more confident you will be that, regardless of the specific situation, your skills create value. Walking around with a pocket full of skills beats a pocket full of money every time.

Take a moment to audit your current job and list the top 5 skills that are most important to the successful completion of your job. Now….go sharpen the saw on these skills and find a few opportunities outside your current job to exercise them.