Stepping off the beaten track of a known career path or changing to an entirely different career, takes courage, determination and the ability to get up when things don’t go the as planned. I’ve seen the same in the many successful career changers I’ve worked with.
Courage here is not an absence of fear. Its origin is ‘cor’, the Latin for heart. In its earliest form: ‘To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart’ – to be open to feeling vulnerable. I know vulnerability is one hell of an icky word, and it’s been very popular to throw around, AND stepping off the beaten career track means getting comfortable (or at least not fighting against) with feeling vulnerable.
Vulnerable because you don’t know where you’re going when you start out. Vulnerable because many people around you in your work or life won’t get it (no matter how many times you explain). Vulnerable because when you take an undefined path you will make mistakes.
Vulnerable because one of the most important things you can do as you step out is to get people in your corner who can support you, challenge your assumptions and information from their own experience of the world – you’ve got to get real!
Who can you invite into your corner today?
‘Life shrinks or expands in proportion to ones courage’ – Anais Nin.