How To Use Fear To Fast-Track Your Career Change

Most people in transition focus on the wrong fears and stay stuck. Learn how to identify the kind of fears that will actually fast-track your career change.

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Hi, I’m Rikke from  and in this video I want to talk to you about how you can use your fears and worries to fuel and fast track your transition rather than have them holding you back.

The key though is to focus on the kind of fears and worries that most career changers and new entrepreneurs tend to totally underestimate.

Here’s what I mean: Since I started my career transition and entrepreneurship consultancy back in 2005, I’ve consistently noticed that:

Most smart people tend to totally OVERESTIMATE the risks of making a big transition.

As a result, they therefore tend to totally UNDERESTIMATE the risks of staying stuck in the career or in the job they hate and not going for what they really want.


But here’s the deal, which I’ve also noticed having worked with hundreds of clients and advised a thousand more

The risks you associate and are so afraid of when it comes to making a big transition or starting your own company, most of those risks and fears are just imagined.

They’re not real.

And the few that still remain? There are practical ways of dealing with them.

Whereas the fears and risks associated with staying stuck and not going for what you really want, they are very real and they’re a lot more difficult to deal with.

And that’s why by focusing on those, you can really fast-track your career transition because the risks and the fears of not making that transition you really want to make, they are the ones that should worry you, NOT the ones of going for what you want.

So let me explain to you what I mean.

Right now I can imagine, if you’re like most people in transition, you are probably worried about the following:


“Oh my God, I’m never going to make money again if I make a career change!”

“How can I afford to change career?”


 Throwing It All Away:

“I’m going to be throwing it all way (All this that I’ve worked so hard for!).”


 Fear of failure:

“If I change career or start my own business, I’m going to become a total failure.”

Do I have your attention now?

Those are what I call the three biggies that people worry so much about.

But here’s the deal: There are very practical ways of dealing with those fears!

(Note – I’m dealing briefly with them in this video – at the top of the page you’ll find links to more in-depth videos on the individual subjects).


If you’re watching this video right now, you’re probably a professional.

You’re in a job where actually you can start things on the side and keep making money whilst you make your transition. That’s what the majority of my clients, they do.

And if you choose to start your own business, there’s no reason why you couldn’t make way more money down the line than you ever could if you stayed in your old job.

So there are many ways of dealing with the money issue.

In brief  – Be smart about how long your transition takes, what it is you want to do instead and whether it’s your own business or not.

Fear Of Throwing It All Away:

“I’ve been a lawyer, an accountant, a marketing professional, you name it. Up until this moment, I worked so hard to get where I am.”

“I’m so afraid I’m going to throw that all away by changing career.”

Here’s the deal: If you’re watching this video, it’s probably because you’re a really unhappy lawyer, a really unhappy finance person, IT person, you name it.

Clearly, something needs to go, right?

What matters is that you throw away the things that are causing you the most pain.

Identify that.

The rest can stay. All the great skills that you have, you can take them with you into your next career, into your business.

And here’s the deal: Even if you screw around for a year or two and you don’t get it right, you can always go back to your profession. It’s not going anywhere.

If you’re watching this video, I know it’s because you are an amazing, smart person. You want to educate yourself. That means they’re going to want you back if you want to. Not a problem, just make sure you can keep your network really, really strong. So again, dealt with.

Fear Of Failure:

Let me challenge you, and I really mean this in a nice way:

Isn’t the real failure you staying stuck in a job or career or business you don’t like?

Also secondly, here’s what I noticed:

Fear of failure never goes away.

So wouldn’t you rather do something that is worth failing for?

Because if you’ve already got a fear of failure, even if change career or start your own business, you’re still going to have a fear of failure.

But it’s going to be damn worth failing for because you’re going to love doing it.

So quickly brushing those off because frankly as I say, most of them are totally imagined.

You don’t have to worry about it. And if you are worried, there are ways of dealing with it.

Let’s move onto the things that you should really worry about:

The risks and fears of staying stuck where you are right now because those ones are rarely imagined.

They’re real and there are very few ways of dealing with them.

So here’s my challenge to you:

Think about that job/position you’re in right now and that you really want to get away from.

Let’s say you stay – What does that mean?

It means you will never get to experience your full potential.

How good could work get?

How good could you get?

You will never get to experience what it’s like to truly want to get out of bed in the morning because you know that work is one of the things that can make you more of who you are, that you can love, and that can really give you so much fulfilment. You care about the subject. You’re enthused.

If you’re not happy in your current profession, your current job, you will de-skill yourself because you’re not going to feel like educating yourself further, or putting yourself forward for the different things going on in your company.

So you slowly de-skill yourself and become irrelevant.

Think about the amount of stress, resentment and regret that you’re going to have accumulating.

Just think about how that’s going to impact your day-to-day life.

How is it going to impact your relationship with your spouse, with your children, with your friends, with yourself when you look yourself in the mirror?

Disease, illness, stress.

Working on someone else’s dream.

Is that really what you want?

Think about it.

A year, or two or three years from now, what kind of person are you going to turn into if you don’t change now?

Do you want to be that resentful, regretful person?

I don’t think so.

So that is what I want you to worry about because those fears are real.

Those risks are real and they’re the ones you can use to fuel your transition.


Get a piece of paper.

Write down the biggest fears and risks associated with you staying.

Pick the top three.

Use them as daily reminders as to why you need to make that big change now.

That’s how you can use your fears to fuel you.


Focus on the fears of staying put and NOT making the transition.

Because the fears associated with making the transition – There are always ways of dealing with them.

 What to do now: Go to

I’ve got three specific things over there you can do to get started today.

Thank you.

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