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The Ten Best Myths of Career Change – Myth#1

Chances are you already have many ideas about what it takes to successfully transition into a new career, even if you have never changed careers before. Some of those ideas might be useful – most probably are not. Over the course of the next posts I will expose The Ten Myths of Career Change, which might actually be holding you back.

MYTH #1: PASSION AND WORK ARE NOT COMPATIBLE

In fact research shows the opposite to be true. Most successful people are those who have learned to follow their passion. So let’s define passion. Passion is “intense emotional excitement.” And while we all have to ability to feel passion, as adults many of us make “rational” choices and bury our passions. This is especially true about our career decisions – we were convinced that we should be rational – and we began ignoring our passions a long time ago.

Think about your own career path. Maybe you were passionate about writing when you were younger, but made the rational choice to go into computers. Maybe you were passionate about working with children, but decided accounting would be a “smarter” choice. (By the way, if computers or accounting is your passion, then you made the perfect choice.)

When we are passionate about our work, we are able to be spontaneous and joyful because we are tapping into our natural strengths and abilities, and that’s when we feel good about ourselves. When we enjoy and are fully engaged in our work, our self-esteem is higher, and we are able to perform at a higher level.

On the other hand, when we are unable or unwilling to connect emotionally to our daily tasks, we are less likely to be successful. To draw an analogy, if you are in the wrong career, it is like a cactus trying to grow in the middle of a forest. It doesn’t belong there, it won’t grow – and the same is true for you. You won’t grow and success will be very unlikely.

As you contemplate a career change, ask yourself what you are passionate about.

 

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