Almost two years ago I took a massive career leap from an industry I’d known for five years to something completely and utterly different. In fact, you probably couldn’t get more opposite – from beauty products to digital geekery.
I made the change because I felt like my role just wasn’t pushing me anymore, and I’m one of those annoying people who loves to challenge myself and see exactly how far I can push the bar.
So with a little self-learning and a whole lot of faith I jumped into a career I only knew the basics of. And now I can safely say it was one the best decisions I have ever made.
At the time it wasn’t an easy choice, I’d built up a good relationship with my employers, and there were plenty of people eager to let me know the risks; you might not like it, the pay might be crap, you might not get on with the people, you might not be good at it and get sacked.
Oh yes, those positivity suckers came in their droves, but I knew deep down that if I continued on the career path I was on I would still feel unsatisfied and discontent in years to come. And besides…why wait any longer being unhappy when I could make a change.
“Work is something we think we have to do before we can do the things we want to do”.
I heard this fantastic quote from Dr Barbara Mariposa at a Guardian Masterclass that I attended a few months a go. And it’s true. Unfortunately, we have this innate sense that work isn’t fun, and we just have to grin and bare it. But we don’t.
That work hard die young mentality was from an era when times were tough, and work was hard to come by, so of course there was no room for fun or doing the type of jobs that you actually wanted to do – that was a luxury!
However, we now live in a world where for starters – we have the internet, and the world is more accessible than it has ever been.
Yet we put ourselves in this miserable cycle, believing that if we just get through the day, or the week we can then do what we want and have some real fun at the end of it.
But why wait? – how’s this going to make us feel 35 years down the line when your still going through the same motions?
I didn’t want to live for the weekend, I wanted to make my work matter, and have a career that included a good mixture of fun.
I know not everyone is as confident and strong-willed as I am, but I’m a strong believer that we’ve never had more opportunities to build the lives we want to lead.
If it’s not working for you or doesn’t make you happy, why are you doing it?
My work-life is in no way perfect; I don’t think there’s such a thing – but I love my job. I love learning new things every day and feeling challenged by it. And the people are great fun too, even if they do complain about my poor choice of music.
But no matter what, I’m the one in charge of my career.
I know plenty of people who are full of excuses as to why they think they can’t do what they would love to, but that’s exactly what they are, excuses.
I’ve never relied on anyone to get me where I am today. It’s taken hard work, determination, and a lot of self-learning that has taken time.
There’s no such thing as an over-night success, but if you begin to make those small steps to your dream job or that dream you’ve been wishing about, then it will eventually happen.
As the old saying goes – ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’. So what are you waiting for?