How Satisfied Are You With Your Career? (#8)

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How Satisfied Are You With Your Career?

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Are you happy at work, or do you feel overwhelmed? Do you sense there is something in your career that is not allowing you to live the type of life you aspire to? Are you considering switching careers? If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, let me share insights that can prepare you to make important decisions in your professional life.

\nOver two years ago, I quit my job as a corporate executive to start a second career as a coach, consultant and author. The decision was not an easy one. As my then-manager reflected with me, the decision probably ranked among one of the most important in my life. In this newsletter, I will share the top three elements that led me to this decision. They could help you make a similar choice when such a time comes in your life.\n\n1.    I was happy at work, but I felt there was something else I needed to do with my professional life while I was still in good physical and mental health. For a while I dismissed this “itch,” but every time I updated my personal mission statement, the feeling of wanting to do something different kept growing. I needed to find a better way to connect my professional role to my overall life goal of helping people be happy.\n\n

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2.    After reading several books on the topic of starting second careers, I realized I needed to answer some fundamental questions:\na.    Which elements from my current professional career better mapped to my overall mission in life? (My answer: solving business challenges and managing people)\nb.    What was I good at? (My answer: solving business challenges and connecting with people)\nc.    What did I enjoy doing the most? (My answer: solving business challenges and helping people define their future)

\nThe answers to these and other related questions led me to conclude that my second career should not be different but more of an evolution from the first one, centered on businesses and people. Specifically, this new career would encompass the different ways I could help businesses and individuals be successful in what they do or want to do.\n\n

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3.    The most difficult part was setting a date for the switch and carrying it through. I was happy with the status quo, but I knew I had to pursue this second career. I had prepared myself on:\na.    The business side, by drafting a plan and setting up Percy Cannon International LLC as my business entity;\nb.    The financial side, by setting some money aside to cover my living expenses while the new career produced an income; and\nc.    The emotional side, by seeking support and advice from my family and close friends.

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I was continuously tempted to procrastinate, as it was easy to justify the need for more time to be “fully prepared.” Nevertheless, the triggering event turned out to be the birth of my first two grandchildren and my desire to play a proactive role in supporting their respective parents. The time and flexibility associated with this decision became the turning point to, once and for all, start my new career as an independent professional.

\nIt was the right decision. My second career has allowed me to better fulfill my life mission of helping others be happy, especially in my family (with my wife, kids and grandkids) and through my new work roles (as a business consultant, professional coach and book author). When the time comes, maybe some of the elements I outlined here can help you adjust your life as well.\n\nI want to close this newsletter with a quote from the French writer Henri Bergson, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927: ”To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.“ Challenge the status quo if you spot an opportunity to improve your life. As you embark on this journey, count on me to help you succeed.\n\nIn the next newsletter, I will share insights on how you can start drafting your personal mission statement. Stay tuned!\n\nPercy M. Cannon\nAuthor, Business Consultant and Professional Coach\nwww.cannonbalance.com\nwww.thebusinessapostolate.com\n\nPS1: Use this link to ask questions, post comments, and request topics you would like to see in future issues.\nPS2: Use this link to subscribe to future newsletter issues or review previous ones.\nPS3: Use this link if you want to buy my book, The Business Apostolate, Insights to Define and Achieve your Mission in Life with a special discount for newsletter readers. Just enter code UN2WS547.\n\n

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