Here’s Business Optimizer’s quick guide to help you out to be successful in this change.
Do you have a dream? Do you wish your professional life would make you feel more fulfilled? We all spend far too much time at work not to enjoy the time we are there.
If you aren’t enjoying your job, perhaps your career needs a spring clean or a new start.
Whether a change of career is being forced on you by external factors beyond your control – the economic climate, changes at your company – or a conscious choice, taking the leap into a new career can be a daunting prospect.
First, we must overcome what Forbes contributor Michael de la Torre calls “the curse of incremental success.” This curse deters us from our dreams through the trappings of ego, lifestyle and financial security.
Perhaps following your dreams may not be as lucrative or as easy as the job you have now, but it does have other paybacks: happiness, for one.
British entrepreneur Richard Branson has said, “Happiness is the secret ingredient for successful businesses. If you have a happy company it will be invincible.”
Imagine how successful your new venture could be if it were led by someone who really loves what they do. Imagine if that person was you…
#1 Ask yourself what makes you happy.
Doing what makes you happy is the best route to success. Not only that, but you will have fun on the journey. Remember the famous quote of Aristotle: “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”
#2 Stay true to yourself.
Don’t try to be anyone else. Oprah Winfrey has said, “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”
#3 If you choose to develop a new topic or skill, study hard, invest in your training and become a master of it.
If something is worth doing, it is worth doing well. Seth Godin has said:
“Extraordinary contribution is rare. It’s when we surprise the system, and perhaps ourselves, by showing up with something unexpected, far beyond the common standard. Extraordinary contribution creates careers. It’s a breakthrough in the status quo, a shift in a previously accepted power dynamic.”
Let people know about your new skill: marketing yourself and network with potential partners and competitors.
Seth Godin also recommends:
“Consistent effort to contribute, to see possibility and to be patient… Because we live in a world now based on connection and trust, because we work with our ideas and our emotions instead of our muscles, because our reputation is what we have to offer, the effort is probably worth it.”
Don’t be afraid of trying.