The world has changed. Careers have changed.
When I talk about defining and creating the “Business of You,” it’s really about taking control and intentionally designing the career you want and the life you deserve.
All too often, I think we let the river of life take us where it will. Early in life, we build our little boat and set off from the shore where we think we want to go.
Then, life happens.
The education you choose pushes you in one direction.
The jobs you take push you even farther downriver in another direction.
You make minor course corrections as the river of life continues to flow. But, you start to realize that you’re being carried inexorably towards a destination that you couldn’t see when you first set off. And you now know that it isn’t where you want to go.
Turning around and trying to row directly back upstream results in failure. People try. But, it’s too hard, the flow is too powerful, and they tire and just give up.
That’s what a lot of people do. They stay in the unpleasant “known” because of inertia and fear. It is just too hard to change.
I’m not going to lie and tell you that you can start over from scratch. You are no longer 18 years old with your entire future in front of you, standing before a blank slate.
You have decades of knowledge and skills and experience. You may think that can only be applied very narrowly to what you currently are and always have been. But that’s not true. The “Toolbox of You” is invaluable and can be leveraged with great success in so many different ways.
You get to decide that. You may not be able to return to the beginning, but you can also do a lot more than just make minor course corrections.
It won’t be easy. It will take effort and willpower and some bravery. But, you can adjust now and aim for a new destination. Use everything that you know now and make a better choice of where you want to be.
How do you want to live the rest of your life?
Where do you want to end up?
That can start today.
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