Your career change, why are you doing it?
From what I see, many people seem to want to start out on their adventure the wrong way round and especially for the wrong reasons.
The fact you would rather stick a pencil in your eye than keep going to work for someone or something that means nothing to you, is, surprisingly for some not the best reason for striking out on your own.
So I would like to share a few things I have learned along the way on my travels to designing your own job.
The glaringly obvious points when seen retrospectively, as I did after several false starts with my own efforts, become blindingly obvious.
And let me tell you, until I learned my lesson, I made this mistake several times over. Not just the once.
If you have the time to read it, I mention in my about me page on my website, how I have started several times to try to come up with my own independent career around different “passions” in inverted commas and one off line in the real world.
I talk about how I didn't get on very well with any of them, I tried and failed miserably which completely put me off trying at the time, I thought, for life.
I made the classic assumption I was rubbish at everything, with no hope of improvement and didn’t really know how to alter that now ridiculous perception.
Does that sound at all familiar to you?
As time went by though, with that 9th wonder of the world called hindsight, I can see quite clearly all the reasons they all went wrong, and how I had set myself up for failure every single time.
Aside from not choosing the right, designed for me work area in line with who I was or how I wanted to live my life….
The other glaringly obvious mistake I made was not being absolutely crystal clear as to why I ever wanted to start my own independent thing in the first place nor did I pay any heed to who I wanted to serve, or actually how I wanted to serve them.
This website and career change course, are a culmination of lessons learned after such a bad experience. I didn’t want others to have to take such a hard road.
Therefore, the complete understanding of the why question is absolutely crucial to get right in the beginning.
I can't emphasise that enough.
Ask yourself and answer honestly, why do you want to do what you want to do?
And if you choose any one of these 2 reasons you are heading down the wrong track
These 2 reasons being:
• Family pressure - you are, and I quote “expected to be in the business of” something because it is what your family quote "does".
• You think and again I quote “you ought to” because at some point you graduated with x degree, and you think you shouldn’t waste it because it cost you years of debt AND people will have an opinion on your choices
Those two phrases expected to and ought to are enough to make anyone feel sick in the pit of their stomach, shut their thinking down, and tell themselves they have to just get on with what they have got.
But here is the thing
So complete honesty toward yourself is the only way forward.
And while we are on the subject, here are another 4 why questions to give some honest answers to.
If you need to earn today and pay your bills going forward, and frankly who isn’t in this position most of the time? you can’t just jack it all in and start a new career.
You need time and lots of patience; it could quite some time before you see much progress.
Are you prepared for the wait or to work at your main job and your secondary career on the side because that is what it takes?
You might be lucky and hit the big time early, but for most people it is a genuine labour of love for a long period of time.
Even the often mentioned 12 months of savings may not be enough
We are talking at least 2 to 5 years of proper hard work and dedication to make proper full-time income.
Well, good luck with that one!
It’s a complete myth if you work for yourself, you will work less. You will absolutely work more in the early days, perhaps even twice the number of hours when you begin.
And if you are starting your venture as well as your other full or part time job, caring duties or whatever is going on, are you prepared for the effort on top of your family and social life?
You are not picking an easy road; ask anyone you know who had made big career changes about their early days.
I think many of you can relate to this, but the opposing side of the equation is actually potentially quite a lot of loneliness.
Whilst you are leaving behind the daily crap, it might not be the fun you expected when you don’t see anyone for lunch, or you only have the dog to talk to.
And don’t forget, you won’t be working in a bubble. Other people along your path may well bring their own form of office politics into the equation.
And if you think you have got away from moaning and groaning human beings then think again.
Some things never change wherever you are and whatever you do.
Has someone you know well, suggested it would be a good idea starting a something with them around x product or service
Now this is something to really sit down and think about!
Whilst you and your best friend may well want to create your new work around baby clothes or children’s parties or some other creative ideas, it could be a disaster.
That friendship you cherish could be blown to bits.
And among many other things you will need to address
You really need to think about each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
• For example, are you a bit lazy and your friend is a bit OCD?
• Do you want to work online, and they want to open a shop?
• You have children and she doesn’t
How do you think that is going to impact on your day-to-day work life and priorities and so on
What is a great idea over a large glass of red last Friday night, warrants a thorough reality check on Monday morning
All of that said though…
The very best reason of all to have your career change is because...
You feel born to do it and it fits you like a glove
Do you feel like that at all?
If you feel you are spending your time creating a product or service to solve a problem in the world and you don’t even question spending the time then a miracle could take place because, and here comes the meaningful quote
As you progress your career ideas, you will either be in your flow or be spinning around like a duck in a whirlpool, with no bank in sight to head to.
If it doesn't flow you will feel stressed, resentful and feel like going back to a regular 9 to 5 because, frankly it is so much easier to have someone else tell you what to do every day in return for a salary.
Whatever your outcome,
I hope this has helped you think just a little more deeply about why you are looking for a career change and starting your business.
Or even made you realise perhaps, on the morning after the night before the whole thing was just a great exercise is thinking about your career just a little bit differently and perhaps you really should just stick with your day job.