The last two years have upended the world in so many ways. Would you believe that it even caused me to make a major pivot?! All that time at home - especially during their first 12 months - allowed me the time to really think about what I wanted to be when I grew up. Do you remember that song by Diana Ross called, The first line says, “Do you know where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you?” That was the question that I continued to ask myself. Was I happy with the trajectory of my brand and my business? Was my life showing me what I wanted to see? And I wasn’t the only one. Studies show that 4.3 million Americans quit their jobs in August 2021 alone, equivalent to about 3% of the workforce and more than the population of Los Angeles. And since the start of the pandemic, 20% of workers have changed careers, according to a survey from Prudential. 46% of employees are considering a career change, per data collected by Microsoft. So you want to make a reinvention. Here is what I learned.
Take your shot to do what you love i.e. I am reclaiming my time.
This is the time to take your shot to do what you love. You’ve made so many compromises and that’s ok. As a mom, it was important to be the cheerleader, chief encouragement, nurse, chef…do I need to go on! You made professional decisions to make sure that you were available to your children. And up until the last decade there were not many options to work from home and there weren’t as many female entrepreneurs or executives to look up to. I was just like you. I stayed in the role because I thought it was the best thing to do for my kids. But being miserable for several hours every day at work was making me miserable at home too. When you are emotionally drained, you can’t give your family your best. You can’t give your creativity your best. You can’t give the world your best. Commit in 2022 to taking your shot. Figure out what you want to do in the next chapter and get after it now so that your next 25 can be your best 25. Deeply love yourself enough to pursue what you love.
Embrace being a jack of all trades
“A jack of all trades, master of none…’ That phrase has been quoted as scripture and has quite frankly haunted me for years. Admittedly, I am multi-passionate. But that phrase was stuck in my head and I saw that as a flaw. I mean how could I be at the top of my game? Which game? When there were so many games that I loved? Well thankfully, a good friend recently shared that full quote with me. It reads: “ A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.” It was initially included as a compliment, the phrase means a person is a generalist rather than a specialist, versatile and inept at many things. That truth really set me free!
So hear me when I say this. Yes there are people out there that never become focused enough to master anything. But that is not you! You’ve earned every stripe. You have mastered lots of things. Like me, and you my dear, you have had more than one trade and excelled at many things. You are multi-degreed. Multi-certified. And now I want you to embrace being multidimensional. Give yourself permission to take all that you’ve learned and create something new. You can be a CEO and have a side-hustle. You can run a business and the founder of a non-profit or decide that your wealth strategy is to to have multiple streams of income. Embrace all of you…because now you know you are versatile and inept at many things.
Don’t let fear stop you
People often underestimate or tell you to push through fear. I’m raising my hand because I am guilty of saying that before. But you have to acknowledge fear and address it - then you can get over it. What are you afraid of? I was afraid of not being taken seriously. How can I do PR, love being a marketing influencer and be passionate about helping women build their networth through branding? So how did I do it? First, I had to be honest with myself…did I take myself seriously? The answer was heck yea! I loved all of these roles and gave them 100%. So I started to share that. And that leads me to the second part of addressing my fear. I told somebody. When I had a PR win. I shared it. When I landed a brand deal. I shared it. And when I landed a new coaching client, I shared that too because I was happy and passionate AND experienced in all of those roles. The fear subsided when I owned all my parts and all of my story.
The reward far outweighs the risk
So here you are - exactly where I was - wanting more but not exactly sure if it’s worth the risk. Well I got over that by imaging what putting all of my efforts toward building a creative practice would look and feel like. I set goals and talked to my teammate (i.e. my husband) to share my vision and what changes and support I would need to get there. I thought about both the tangible and intangible cost. What would this cost? The financial part was easy to come up with. But more importantly the intangible price of not shooting my shot or getting the end of my career and never trying - that’s what kept me up at night. When you truly take the time to develop a plan and look at the risk and reward equation, your desire to pursue your passion will come out on top.
Are you or have you made a major transition? How did you overcome the challenges and naysayers -- even the ones in your own head?