A year ago this week I took a big chance: I switched careers. I had been with my previous company for almost 8 years, and loved my job. I had great colleagues, a nice salary, and opportunities to meet new people. So why would I consider making the move?
“If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you are not sure you can do it, say yes- then learn how to do it later.”
When opportunity knocks, do you open the door? I feel like my best opportunities come when I least expect it. In fact, sometimes I don’t even know they are opportunities until I stop for a minute and put myself into the equation.
Fear is an adrenaline pumping emotion that can cause us to fight like a wild animal, or run away to a safe place as fast as possible. How do you respond to fear? The thought of going from a comfortable salary to 100% commission made my heart beat wild, but it also made me excited. I changed industries from banking to commercial real estate, and had a lot to learn. Here’s the reason I made the jump: I knew deep down I could do it, and that sense of confidence drives me through the ups and downs of this feast or famine industry.
I encourage you, dear reader, to think of what you are really good at. Are you insanely organized? Do you love to solve problems, meet new people, or never miss a deadline? You have skills that are engrained in you that make you invincible to anything that comes up against you. You just need to know how to engage them to win. Use these skills and make them your talents. The rest will be easy.
In addition to a career change this year, I also published a book. Little did I know that during this same time, a savvy gal out in San Diego, California was also making her dreams come true. Also making a career change was the founder of GOLFopolitan. I was contacted a few months ago by her to be a featured book in their golf tournament displays. Writing this blog was my introduction to GOLFopolitan, and I can’t wait to see this company grow!
So what does the next year look like for me? Well, if it’s anything like the past 12 months, then the sky is the limit! Stay tuned!