How many of us went through college thinking we wanted to go down one career path, took the classes, graduated, and then changed our minds? With limited life experience that one has going into college, how can we possibly determine what we should do for the long term? I didn’t think about these questions and just went straight for Psychology, Financial Planning, Real Estate, and Economics, as my focus areas. Years later, 5 and 1/2 to be exact, I graduated with 2 bachelors degrees and wound up a telemarketer.
After 3.5 years after college I finally broke into “my field” of residential property management. I knew what this looked like and ended up being able to put some of my useful people skills I had learned to work. A decade later, and after living in complete denial that I may not want to be a property manager my whole life, I miraculously was given the chance to do something different. BUT this mean, less money, new territory, and a whole lot of unknown.
Here are 3 ways I finally managed *and am still managing* to re-launch my career that I can recommend to anyone who has unsettling feelings of “something isn’t jiving” as to what they REALLY want to do with their “long term” and not necessarily what they are good at or doing now.
STAY IN TODAY!
It’s really easy to find a million reasons not to walk away from something that you are 1- good at 2- have put ample time into the job, and 3- don’t want to make less money to start over. In the grand scheme of things, 5 years staying the same and 5 years of exploring passions outside of what you “do now” are spent one day at a time.
So what’s it going to be? Move your pride aside, take a pay cut and live with less for a while, and find something that elates you. If nothing does, find out why! Mind numbing work oblivion can definitely cloud our brains, trust me. I found myself justifying my round the clock schedule with the amount of money I was making, not with the quality of life I had. That had to change, and it finally did.
Decide who you are, and who you aren’t
It’s so easy to get caught up in the like-ability and political factors that exist in business offices around the world, and these things are very real. The bottom line is, your fate and career can rest on a subjective opinion if your not being measured by objectives, in many situations, so make the situation the best one you could possibly wind up in and set a clear vision of who you are and what you want. We don’t have forever, we only have right now, so refuse to spend one more second being anyone but your authentic, unapologetic, yet tactful, self.
Once I owned who I was and what I had to say, in the right arena’s MOST of the time, I was free. I could tell a HUGE difference when I stopped living for others opinions for the sake of office politics and started living for myself. It’s so hard to do, and even admit, but your life will change when you get out of their box and you can still be quite successful.
Towards and away
I have left jobs for 2 reasons in the past: 1- to get away from something and 2- to move towards something. Getting away was insanity, doing the same thing expecting different results somewhere else. Moving towards something, well that has been exhilarating and terrifying! Would you rather wind up where you are because you were trying to get away from something OR would you rather intentionally move towards your destiny? I hope the latter is or becomes true. It is never too late to move towards a better version of YOU. Never too late to do what YOU want to do and be who YOU want to be. It’s love and that is what the universal force intends for human nature.
What are you waiting for? Take the risk, be uncomfortable, and move towards something. Get after whatever “it” is and move towards something that you give a shit about, NOW!