Some people go an entire lifetime without second guessing their career choice. For the other 99% of us, there are uncertainties and considerations that flutter through our minds. Theses thoughts can drift by in an instant, but many know that if you are not pursuing what you love these thoughts never truly leave. Whether you are switching positions within a company, changing employers, or headed down a different career path, here is what to consider:
Age is just a number.
We’ve all heard it, and many believe in an age limit as to when it stops being acceptable to explore careers. While our experiences can shape who we are, it is inevitable that our interests and perceptions change. For some reason the younger generation is expected to explore, but this doesn’t mean you can’t achieve success at an older age. Ray Kroc spent his career as a milkshake device salesman before buying McDonald’s at age 52. (1) Ronald Reagan was successful as an actor, yet he only became the 40th American President at the age of 70. (2) Great things happen because of the qualities you have and person you are. Anything can be achieved through hard work and perseverance, both of which can be harnessed at any age.
Time is irrelevant.
It is incredibly challenging to write those words and meant it. We function on full schedules, and our watches measure milliseconds. Of course time is relevant, but by its very nature, it is limitless. If the fear of “running-out-of-time” enters your head, remember time will pass whether or not you decide to pursue a different job. Seizing every moment is a beautiful way to live, and time is hardly the impetus for that. Rather, we live rich lives, because we are passionate and determined.
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” ― Earl Nightingale
Everything is Figure-out-able.
Someone I greatly admire coined the phrase, “Everything is figure-out-able.” If you aren’t familiar with the work of Marie Forleo, do a quick Google search. She has guided many in the areas of interviewing and networking, too. (3) When venturing into a new career, the greatest fear is one of learning new skill sets. But it shouldn’t be. You are not the same person that entered the workforce years ago. You’ve gained an impressive skillsets, an array of wisdom and perspective acquired only through time. This is exceptionally marketable if you are changing careers, and it can help you bypass entry-level statues. (4)
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