I’ve written a number of blogs on general career topics such as networking, failure and decision making. Today, I thought I would discuss the most common reason people give as to why they stay in jobs they don’t like: “I don’t know where to start, or what else I would do”.
Out of all the informal careers chats I’ve had with friends, colleagues, and prospective clients, this is one of the most frequently stated reason for not making the first move towards a career change.
I’ll start by saying, I understand where people are coming from. I am a big fan of certainty, and sometimes struggle to start something unless I’m pretty sure I know the outcome I’m aiming for. The challenge with applying this ‘logic’ to a potential career move is that it’s nearly impossible to work out the final destination before you take the first step to explore options.
In my personal experience – as well as that of many of my clients – the process of self-reflecting, analysing options, and taking steps to execute a career change (big or small) is not a straight line. It can be a bumpy road, with twists, turns, dead-ends, excitements, disappointments and many coffee chats along the way.
These books aren’t specific to a career change into coaching, and I’ve shared the names of some of them below if anyone is in need of some January inspiration. I don’t necessarily agree with all parts of all the books, but I definitely took a lot from each of them. I’d love to hear from you if have any recommended books to add to my collection.
Working Out Loud: For a better career and life by John Stepper
The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change by Charles Duhigg
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