People are more likely to act on concise advice even though it lacks comprehensiveness. To that end, here’s the second in a series of short-form answers to questions that have often been discussed at book length.
Should you change careers?
First, let’s be clear, we’re not talking about changing jobs within the same career nor a modest pivot such as from child therapist to adolescent therapist. We’re talking, for example, from psychologist to teacher or writer.
Second, I must offer a needed antidote to the media’s implying that career change is easier than it is. The media cherry-picks success stories without acknowledging the many people whose attempts to change careers fail.
But let’s say you realize you've had enough of your career and know that a career tweak won’t suffice. Successful career changers usually have one or more of these going for them:
So, in light of the above, should you:
Should you become self-employed?
Like changing careers, becoming self-employed is harder than the media would have you believe.
You really do need to be:
Honestly, do those describe you?
Note: You do not need an innovative business concept. Indeed, it’s wiser to clone a well-proven concept, from flower cart chain to laundromats. New ideas are too prone to fail: You misread the market, have no comparable businesses to copy ideas from, plus you have to educate your market on your innovation.
Other installments in this Short Answers series can be found HERE. I plan to write additional ones. Feel free to email me a question you’d like me to address in a Short Answer. They can be about career, education, relationships, recreation, even a philosophical question. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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