Changing careers… Just the idea of doing so generates a plethora of different feelings: Fear, envy, uncertainty, relief. The internet is crowded with advice on careers. Here's some of my addition to it (laughing emoji) To change careers means leaving the known for the unknown, the certain for the hypothetical, the concrete for the abstract, the real for the projected. It also implies facing the judgment of others.
I don't know about you but I have this odd undercurrent of unexplainable feelings coursing through my everyday routine and they seem so difficult to put words to. Sometimes it seems enough to simply say 'today wasn't a good day' and other times it seems hard to pinpoint. It is so important to remind yourself - to be kind to yourself. Repeat after me - "I am no longer going to stress on a little misconception. Things are working out for me for the greater good and I am protected, loved and happy."
After a long pause. The best friend is finally on the verge of giving up on making you understand the positives of life, you take a deep breath and say - Enough Is Enough; It Is What It Is. And at that instant, life feels a lot different. Cue some fantasy music in the background kind of different. Not gonna lie, I myself, like the millions on this Earth, have had a tough (let's be honest - worst) years of my life. It's really been difficult.
Letting go sucks. It’s hard. It’s painful. It’s uncomfortable. And usually, when it’s time to let something or someone go, we realize it’s something we probably should have done a while ago. We like to white knuckle as long as possible whether it be our own bad ideas or our own bad hires. But keeping people and ideas beyond their expiration date can destroy morale and the fabric of your company culture. Think about Borders Books. When Amazon came on the scene, Barnes and Noble fortified their online store. Borders meanwhile said, “Let’s keep doing what we’ve always done” which was to focus on their brick and mortar stores. Bye Bye, Borders. This has happened to countless companies. The same old people make the same old decisions not to let go, move on and evolve.
Have you ever wondered about our educational system and why it's so tedious and outdated? I mean, it keeps teaching about the same syllabus it taught our grandparents and the people before them. School is a valuable experience for sure for about the first 5 or so years. Once you learn how to read, write and do basic math, you’ve learned 80% of what you need to go out and create your life on your terms. It’s cliche at this point to say that the most important things you learn in life you don’t learn in school. I know in my life, the most important things I’ve learned I had to figure out on my own as an adult. It might look like high school and college are separated by only a few, short, glorious summer months, but the reality is very different. The two are worlds apart! There are so many valuable things that you learn almost immediately after going through the college gates that it’s remarkable. Obvious things that you would never have even considered back in school. And still, even the college falls short about teaching valuable life skills and survival tactics which can be applied in the real world.