Career Change: In this video I’m going to bust the myth that it takes too long to change career or too long to start your own business.
This video is especially for you if you are a smart professional in your 30s and your 40s and you’re staying stuck in that job or that work scenario you really do not enjoy anymore, because you think the alternative is just going to take way too long.
But here is the irony:
If you are currently staying stuck in a job or work scenario you hate or don’t enjoy because you think it takes too long to change that scenario or to change careers and start your own business, then all you’re doing is taking all that time that you could have spent creating your business or transitioning into something new, and instead you’re creating more of what you DON’T want.
So you are already wasting your time now, if we look at it (frankly!).
The question is not whether it takes too long to change careers or to start your own business.
The real question is: When are you going to stop wasting your time creating more of what you don’t want?
Life’s too short to do work you don’t enjoy.
Too short to do work that doesn’t matter.
Just think about it for a moment:
You probably haven’t just wanted to change careers for like, a day or two.
You’ve probably wanted to change careers and start your own business for six months, twelve months, a year or two years, three years, but you haven’t done anything.
Meanwhile, all that time that’s passed – Just imagine how you could have spent it differently!
So the question is: When are you going to start investing your time differently?
Start viewing time as currency that you use to either create your dreams or you use to create more of what you don’t want.
Time is the currency for creating your dreams.
Or for creating more of what you DON’T want.
Time is pretty agnostic when you think about it.
There’s a wonderful quote by Earl Nightingale, and it says,
“Never give up on your dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it.
Time will pass anyway.”
There’s one thing I’ve learned in the 12 years I have advised hundreds of professionals on career change and entrepreneur and it’s this:
Time spent investing in creating your dreams, whether that’s your ideal business or your ideal career, it is ALWAYS time well spent.
So the question is not whether it’s going to take too long for you to change.
The real question is, when are you going to stop wasting your time creating more of what you don’t want?
Remember – The longer you stay stuck in that unhappy scenario you’re in right now, the longer you’re just going to create more and more and more of what you don’t want.
THAT is what you should really worry about.
Now, I know some of you might sit there and think:
“But Rikke that’s all very well for you to say. I’m in my 40s and if I were to retrain and work my way up the ladder, by the time I’m back up again I’ll be in my mid to late 40s.”
Well, let me challenge you on that one:
What’s the alternative?
Imagine you right now are in your mid 30s or in your 40s. And you decide that it’s going to take too long to change, so you are just going to stay stuck.
If you hate what you’re doing right now, do you really think it’s going to get better by staying?
Or, might you just end up getting really resentful, ill, it’s going to impact your family, your mental health, everything.
That’s the alternative.
Versus, changing careers or starting your own business.
Yes, it will take some time, but don’t overestimate the amount of time for retraining (most people do).
I have another video about retraining by the way, so make sure you watch that one: http://www.rikke.me/do-you-really-need-to-retrain/
People often overestimate the amount of time it will take.
Remember the alternative – You will be staying stuck, creating more and more and more of what you don’t want.
When it comes to changing careers or starting your first business – It does not have to be a matter of all or nothing.
Just focus on creating something that is better than what you have now!
Start creating it.
See the value of your time and you create more and more, and it just creates a really amazing effect.
Remember, don’t give up on your dreams just because of the time it’ll take to accomplish them. Time will pass anyway.
Use it wisely.
I always said this to my clients: Time spent investing in creating your dreams is always time well spent.
Versus, time spent creating more of what you don’t want is insanity and it’s just going to lead to worse things.
My wish for you is that you really revisit how you view time and that you choose to view it as the currency for creating your dreams (instead of more of what you don’t want).
What I find so interesting is that the older people get, the more wary they get of making a change, which is crazy, because the less time you have left.
The young ones in their early 20s and their early 30s, they got tonnes of time left.
Whereas, the older you get the less you have, and that’s why it’s even more important to spend it wisely.
Yes, it’ll be time spent creating your dreams that you’re going to spend now, and that’s always a worthwhile investment.