I spoke with a pr consultant the other day that told me they were unhappy.
“Why are you unhappy?” I asked.
“I’m an investment consultant, but I don’t feel passionate about my work anymore. I don’t even know if I ever did. I just do my work and one year turns into the next.”
Sound familiar? Ever wonder why you’re doing the work that you’re doing?
I went on to talk with this consultant about their work. What they liked about it, what they didn’t.
Danger In Comfort
In the case of this consultant, she liked the stability she had with all her consulting clients. She’d racked up a lot of experience in the industry and had made a good name for herself.
Hard to give up, right?
She’s financially well off enough to entertain the idea of doing other work, but she had many reasons not to want to make the shift. After a 20 minute discussion we narrowed it down to the biggest issue for her. She felt old.
An Age Old Discovery
She’s not. She’s in her mid forties. But she said, “Michael, I’m 5 years away from turning fifty. It’s too late for me to get started in something new.”
I responded with a question, “If tragedy struck five or 10 years from now and you weren’t able to work anymore. If your life was cut short by some unforeseeable event, would you look back and be happy spending those 5 or 10 years in your current work? Or would it would be worth facing the challenges of entering a new field, possibly having a lower income, but spending your days surrounding yourself with work you are passionate about?”
Her face went blank. She wasn’t sure what to say. Finally, she spoke, “I don’t know…no, no, actually I would be okay with a lower income…yes, definitely I’d want to be doing work that I enjoyed…”
She thanked me for talking with her and is now seriously evaluating making a big change in her life.
Don’t Follow the Herd
If you ever find yourself in a situation that you’re unhappy with don’t settle for the comfort of the status quo.
Just because 80% of society follows the same ‘rules’ and ‘procedures’ that have been established by the herd, doesn’t mean you need to follow them.
Be In Control
Only you can decide what is right for you to do. But you owe it to yourself to at least entertain the idea that you should be doing what you feel passionate about. Even if it might make your life more difficult at the beginning.
Remember, it’s never too late and sometimes people are better off following their gut feeling rather than what their brains tell them.
It’s your life. You get to live this one only once. Make it count.