What Would You Burn Your Resume For?

Posted April 10, 2013 by Marcy Twete in Career Moves

Mark Pincus, the CEO of Zynga (famed for Words with Friends, Farmville, and more) was profiled last weekend in The New York Times Magazine and said something that blew my mind:

If you want to be a great entrepreneur, you’re going to have to burn your résumé and stop worrying about your reputation, because you’re probably going to go through long periods of people calling you stupid.

If I’m being honest with you, my incredible and loyal Career Girl readers, I’ve often felt similarly to Mark. I’m sure many entrepreneurs do. By leaving a full time job and taking a massive risk in starting a business, I wonder, have I effectively “burned my résumé”? Conversely, can you truly be a successful entrepreneur, as Mark says, without doing just that? I’m not sure.

But here’s the question I have for all of you – entrepreneur or not – what would you “burn your résumé” for? What I mean is, what opportunity in your life would be so amazing, so exciting, but also so risky that you’d be willing to leave your career behind, burn your resume, and take the leap?

I’m not advocating that all women take such a huge risk. Trust me, it comes with incredible ups and downs, but I think Mark Pincus is right in that we all sould be willing to do something we’re so passionate about we’re willing to be called stupid or foolish. Go do it, Career Girls! It might be worth it, after all.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."