“Twenty years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Have you ever known someone who always talks about doing something different but just never seems to go for it? Maybe the person talks about wanting to move somewhere else and get out from under a mortgage, but he never makes a move to put his house on the market or look at other opportunities. Perhaps the person complains about his job and wishes that he could do something more meaningful, but never takes the steps towards looking for another position. Maybe the person is you.
Change is scary. As a matter of fact, it can be downright frightening at times. But consider the consequence of avoiding change—that can be pretty scary too. Think about your current job or career. You’ve come to Prepare to Tack because you are dissatisfied with the path of your professional life. It’s likely that you have considered and are possibly even debating making a change in your professional life.
What’s holding you back? Why haven’t you taken the first step in making a change in your career? Is it because you are so overcome with the fear of change that you are ignoring the possibilities of change?
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” -Andre Gide
Maybe your fears are telling you that you don’t have enough experience, or you are too old, or that you just don’t have enough time to change your career. Well, I’ve got news for you, friend. These are all lame excuses. If you really want to make a change and get where you want to be, you will find a way. Regardless of your knowledge, age, or free time, you will make it work because another day spent in a passionless job or career is another day of your life wasted! So, let’s address each of these fears now.
- You think you don’t have enough experience.
“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” -Elbert Hubbard
Remember my friend from last week’s post? He had ZERO coding experience, yet he learned how to code and develop websites and apps. He also had never been a writer but the start of his blog paved the path for several e-books he would write and successfully sell.
Consider Julia Child, The French Chef. She wasn’t always The French Chef, or any chef for that matter! Julia Child barely knew how to boil water when she was married, let alone cook a french meal. With a lot of determination, she learned how to cook at Le Cordon Bleu. With that new found experience and passion, Julia Child created a new career path for herself—teaching America how to cook French meals.
What about President Ronald Reagan? What a drastic career change for him! From actor to politician!
The list goes on and on. There are so many people who have proven that you don’t have to have prior knowledge or experience in order to learn and excel in something new. You can learn, then become an expert and succeed. Don’t let lack of experience get in the way of your dreams.
- You think it’s too late.
“Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again.” -Bikram Choudhury
What a terrible misconception it would’ve been if each of those people I mentioned above had thought it was too late for them to change careers.
My dear friend would’ve continued being miserable in a career that lacked passion, never knowing the possibilities that he could create for himself. He was 55 when he left the corporate world and started working for himself. It was not easy, but he took the leap and wished he had done it earlier!
We may never have “Mastered the Art of French Cooking” in America if Julia Child had thought it was too late for her to change careers. She was no spring chicken when she changed her career. She was in her upper thirties when she took on her cooking persona. Prior to that, she worked for the OSS, or Office of Strategic Services, as a top secret researcher. From Researcher to French Chef—what a drastic career change, and not in the prime of her youth!
Take a look at Ronald Reagan. He was an actor for most of his life, until deciding at the ripe age of 55 to run for public office. He had no experience in politics, yet he made a successful career for himself, eventually becoming President of the United States. All of this from a man who was over the age of 50!
These are great examples of why you should never think it is too late for you to change your career.
- You don’t have enough time.
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
-Life’s Little Instruction Book
This has got to be the lamest of all excuses. So, you think you just don’t have the time to build up your existing skills and create a lucrative, passion filled career for yourself? Take a look at your days—everything that you do each and every day. Maybe you are working a full time job, but don’t you have some spare time outside of that job, somewhere? Maybe it’s only 30 minutes in the evenings after you get home from work. Or maybe it’s just a few hours on the weekends. Look at what you are filling that time with now and consider what you can let go of in order to pursue your dreams.
Cut out that nightly TV series, reduce the amount of time you’re spending on facebook or twitter, stop obsessively checking the news online. You may be reading this in horror right now, thinking about missing that season of Homeland or American Idol, of not posting photos of your latest meal on facebook, or not knowing the latest details about Hillary Clinton’s emails or Donald Trump’s latest accusations. You know what? In the grand scheme of things, each of these items mean nothing compared to your ability to have a meaningful career.
Get your priorities in line. Kick out the things you are wasting your time on and put your effort and time into something that matters—focusing on your ability to create the career of your dreams and making it happen.
Don’t throw in the towel just because you are of a certain age, or you don’t have much experience in the career you want to establish for yourself. Definitely don’t throw in the towel because you believe you don’t have time for something that will make your life better. There have been many people in the past who have overcome each of these fears, thus proving your doubts and insecurities wrong.
“A year from now you will wish you had started today.” -Karen Lamb
The time for your career is NOW. Not next month, next year, or the year after that.
What is your excuse for not pursuing your ideal career?