You’ve been to college, you got your degree. And now you’re at a point in your life where you’re making a little bit or even a lot of a career. You’ve got your things together. You’re as they say “going places”.
But lately, there has been this nibbling feeling that you just can’t seem to shake. Your life and career didn’t turn out the way that you expected. The career path that you’re on, is not making you happy. It’s not lighting you up.
And if you’re being honest, you know that your career path is not your purpose. It’s not that magical thing that you’re meant to do to create impact and feel fulfilled.
All you really want is to quit your job and switch careers. But, you’re holding back. Because you’re afraid of what people will think. You’re afraid to be seen as a failure.
But is this really true? Does making a career switch mean that you’ve failed?
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A common fear
This belief that a career switch equals failure, is something that I see quite often. One of the main reasons why women think this, is because they think that other people will think that they have failed if they say goodbye to the career that they’ve worked so hard for.
And I get it. I used to be a lawyer. And when I decided to say goodbye to that career, I was also told that I was waisting a good education and a lot of money and hard work.
Have I wasted my life?
But is that really true? Everything that I have learned and done during my studies and career, has made me the person I am today. And I still take all that experience with me. So NO, this was not a waste.
But even if it was true, and giving up that career that is not making you happy can be seen as a waste, is that a good enough reason to stay in it?
My answer, again, is ‘NO‘.
If your career path isn’t making you happy, why stay? You only have one life. Why make it an unhappy one? And why stay unhappy only because you’ve worked so hard for that unhappy life? That doesn’t make any sense!
You’ve changed, my friend. That a good thing!
The fact that you’ve outgrown the path that you’re on right now, is actually a good thing. Because it means that you are growing as a person and that you’re developing.
You’re probably not the same person that you were 5 or 10 years ago. So, realizing that the choices that you’ve made in your past, no longer fit the person that you are today, is totally normal. It’s part of life.
You’re evolving. Just like everything else in nature. Look at the trees. No one says to a tree that it has failed because it let’s go of its leaves in autumn, right? It’s the exact same for you!
You’re just like that tree. And maybe you have arrived in your autumn and you need to let go of some leaves. And if you do, you give yourself space to create something new so that you can blossom again come spring.
This is what I call progress.
And if making progress means, that you need to say goodbye to an old path? So be it!
Let no one, not even you, tell you that you are failing because of this. This is growth, my friend! And growth can NEVER equal failure.
Don’t keep yourself small
You deserve to be happy. Don’t keep yourself small with limiting beliefs like “a career switch = failure”. And don’t let other people’s opinions keep you small either.
Choosing for yourself and a happier life, can never equal failure. It equals a tremendous amount of strength, courage, personal growth and self-reflection.
So don’t tell yourself otherwise. Don’t keep yourself small. Give yourself the chance to figure out what it is that will make you happy. You deserve it!