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Changing the career is not easy task cause it often includes changes within. Whether you are 30, 40 or 50, it may cause some discomfort which is associated with personal changes.
We people tend to identify with our life situation. With some parts of it more than other, and when we start re-arranging, our sense of self may be little disturbed. Especially when it comes to the career which often plays a dominant role in our lives.
I remember people on my last job. I remember this silent agony that dominated the group, like an invisible mist that nobody see but everybody feel clearly. Nobody would really talk about it, just occasionally express it.
And yet, there is this acceptance of it like- “what else could you do”. “There is nothing else out there, so you better cool down and keep doing what you are doing even, if you hate it”.
I Was There Too
I have been part of this perpetual nothingness and I kept going this direction for years. But, with a minor difference! I couldn`t accept it and I could never tell to myself that this is it, like so many people do. At the point of my life where I am now(way over 40), I am having a time of my life. Really, I wouldn`t go back in time to be younger again for all money in the world.
This comes as award of accepting the challenges and dealing with them as they come. The way I see it, the agony and dissatisfaction are signs that waking-up is needed. Signs to look up for the horizon in the distance and move towards it. But what do people do instead? They drag the pillow over their heads and hope that the challenge will go away.
Changing Career in your 40
We don`t necessarily need to change the way we think in order to make changes in our life and start a new career. I kept my job that I didn`t like for some years, waiting for a chance to do something else. Of course I wasn`t waiting, doing absolutely nothing. I was testing and trying out different paths until I found what works for me. When I found it I was 40 years old.
So, is it more difficult to change a career at 40 than it is at 30, or even earlier? It depends on you, but the definite answer is- NO! There is a saying where I come from that always kind of stick to my mind, never letting me to forget it. It says:
“Before you are 30- you live as God created you, and after 30- you live as you deserve”
The truth is, if you are part of the collective way of thinking that you are in trouble. I don`t want to discourage you, but it`s the truth. If you can leave that and stand for yourself- you are blessed! Your ability to change and rearrange the circumstances of your life depends only on your ability to accept the uncertainty and be courageous to take action.
How Do You Do It!
Many people have talents or skills that they don`t even think about or consider as possible new career in their lives. I met many people like that. They had abilities to do something else and yet, they were stuck doing jobs they don`t like. I will give you the example.
Few years ago I was at the small party at my friends house and his girlfriend baked home-made pizza. What a surprise! To this day, that was the best pizza I ever tasted. Here in Sweden, most of pizza places are the same, baking the same versions of it. You need to have some kind of sauce on top of it to cover the poor quality.
She made a south-european type of pizza that tasted like a bit of heaven. Trust me, I know. I am the greatest pizza lover in the world, and everywhere I go, I eat pizza. She even made the olive oil spiced with herbs and medium strong pepper.
My first thought was- “You should open a pizza place and make these”! Instead, she is still working as a nurse, under-payed and stressed. I know she doesn`t like it very much.
This is what I am talking about! What stops her to make steps towards opening the pizza place which would be a great success, no doubt about it? If you have tried it- you would know, just like I did. This is just one example of it. I met quite a few other people who are in the same situation, not using the skills they obviously have.
Willingness to take action is needed and we decide whether we have it or not. Age has nothing to do with it. As a matter a fact, we should be able to do it more easily being more mature and experienced. Unfortunately, errors in our way of thinking create obstacles that most never pass by.
How did I do it?
I had to learn the skills for my new career and I am still learning. I run my businesses online and make a great living, but it all started with a series of failures. Just like baby steps, I always ended on my butt. But I had patience and determination, so I kept going. There were periods of time when I didn`t even believe that I will make it.
I have changed the career several time in my life so far. My career now is affiliate marketing, and as I said, I was 40 when I made it. It is exactly what gave me flexibility, freshness, more money and almost endless possibility to expand. I enjoy every minute of it. I will never make another change cause this is it for me.
So, do I think it was worth it? Would you think it`s worth it? Yes, I remember all difficulties I had to go through to get the results, but I can tell you; IT WAS WORTH IT! Every step of it!
Learning the affiliate marketing could create wonders in your life too. Yes, you will need to do some work. It is- pay it forward- kind of work. You first do than you see the results, but hey!- Isn`t that the same with everything else?
In your case you have the best starting point cause on this website you will find the very best resource for it- Wealthy Affiliate. I didn`t have that when I started. I wouldn`t write this article if I didn`t have something practical to offer you.
Check my article- New career ideas- to see if those possibilities I describe are something for you.
In the mean time, if you have any questions, contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) and DROP ME THE COMMENT below!
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