In the last blog, Michelle was sent in a direction that caused her to be uncomfortable, a little panicked, and even unsure of her future until she pulled back and looked at her situation from a different perspective. In reality, losing her job only gave her a better idea of what she wanted to do with her life, and then finding opportunities, based on her experience, to start her own business.
She knew she was high value, not just because of her compensation, but also her ability to set goals and accomplish those goals with drive and passion. She had a positive impact on both the company and the employees she worked with. Now she was in a position where she could visualize her own business, using those same principles and then transition smoothly into working for herself. Michelle knew it would be tough getting the business started, but she wrote down her goals and then visualized the freedom of having her own business. She wanted to work ethically with those she employed and future clients, giving good value for her highly experienced services.
Maybe starting your own business isn’t your cup of tea, but you’ve been faced with a mid-life change of career. Both of those can be handled with the same mindset, asking yourself the following questions:
1. What’s your overall vision?
2. What are your goals?
3. What is the value of your product or service?
4. How will you impact those around you?
5. Do you have the drive and passion to stick with it?
6. How will you transition into your new job or business?
7. How do you expect to be compensated?
You don’t need to be a business genius to change careers or start your own business. Don’t be afraid to talk with others about your ideas, learn from those who have started similar businesses or gone through career changes, and then never be afraid to ask for help.
Lastly, it’s important to evaluate your resources before making a change, or if the change is forced upon you, evaluating your resources will be the most important first step. Having a long term plan is essential, but staying flexible to unexpected changes and being able to draw from your skills and experience will help keep you centered as you move forward with your career or business.
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