Making Authentic Career Choices with Misha Rubin

UPDATED: May 9, 2024
PUBLISHED: May 5, 2023
Making Authentic Career Choices with Misha Rubin

“You probably haven’t made a single authentic career choice in your life,” says Misha Rubin in this week’s episode. And he speaks from experience—Rubin got a degree in computer science without thinking about whether that was what he actually wanted. He stayed with Ernst & Young for 15 years, even becoming a partner at the company. But while he wasn’t happy, he continued to stay—after all, he had no other plans to follow and three children at home. But one January afternoon, during a business meeting, he finally listened to the quiet voice in his head that had been telling him he and his career weren’t in alignment with each other, and he decided to take a leap.

Now, Rubin has built a career out of helping others make their own changes—without taking the same kind of risk he himself took—and in the process, he identified three factors which influence the types of careers people choose: “other people’s opinions,” “circumstances” and “inertia.” Rubin’s familiarity with all three, as well as the other aspects of his “career blueprint,” has served him well in his new career.

Rubin and Brilliant Thoughts host Tristan Ahumada discuss the three types of “career design criteria,” the importance of having values and a vision for the future and building your own “board of supporters.”

Misha Rubin is a career educator, entrepreneur and speaker. He provides career transformational programs and is the CEO of The Career Leap. Find him at

Brilliant Thoughts is no longer releasing new episodes on the SUCCESS Podcast Network, but you can still listen to the full conversation below.

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Tristan Ahumada is the People Editor for SUCCESS, operates Lab Coat Agents as its CEO, consults Fortune 500 companies, runs a successful Real Estate team in California, expansion teams in the U.S. (in different brokerages), owner in one Brokerage, currently sits on different boards for tech companies, and is also an international speaker. His love for technology and systems pushes him to test and use the latest products for growth for all businesses around the world including Real Estate Agents/Brokers. Tristan is from Southern California where he currently lives with his wife and two kids.