“There was a disturbance in my heart, a voice that spoke there and said, I want, I want, I want! It happened every afternoon, and when I tried to suppress it, it got even stronger.” Saul Bellow
Strategy 1: There will always be SIGNS that will be telling you to REINVENT.
Read the signs early on and act rather than ignore what is happening to you.
I have survived 3 redundancies in 18 months. It was the 3rd redundancy that was the catalyst for me to realising that I had to do something different, because if I didn’t change what I was doing I would keep getting the same results.
I had no other option. I had no more energy left to start applying for jobs, approaching recruitment consultants, going for interviews, doing more psychometric testing, talking about my strengths, successes and career achievements, and then having to deal with rejection.
When you are in your 50’s, getting another job feels a bit like winning the “Lotto.” I found myself no longer wanting to fit into the “traditional world of work.”
On December 1, 2013, I once again found myself asking a question I have constantly asked myself over the last 30 years: “What do I want to do with my life?” I was sick of handing over to other people the power of choice as to how I should live my life. I realised that my window of opportunity was getting smaller and smaller the older I got.
I also knew that I didn’t want to find myself at 70 years old regretting that I hadn’t been brave, stepped up and followed my dream.