This was a revelation for me. And a big factor in alleviating stress levels. I was having the ‘nearly 30’ crisis and was asking a mentor of mine – “...but aren’t I too old to change career direction now?” His response was as liberating as it was daunting.
Him: When did you leave uni?
Him: So you’ve been working for nearly 7 years?
M: Yes (thinking ‘wow, that’s aaages’)
Him: All in this kind of role?
M: hmm, that’s probably more like 5 years
Him: Ok. So you’ve been working 5 years and you’ve gone from AE to GAD. If you retire at 65, you have another 35 years to go. That’s 7 x the length of this career....
M: (stunned silence. Immediate retire-early plans being constructed)
Point is, this is so true.
It’s never too late.
It's not a race. You don't have to be CEO by 30, you have years to redefine what having it all means to you, what success means and how you're going to measure it.
Plan your own path, and run your own race.
Did you know Vera Wang was a figure skater and journalist before entering the fashion industry at age 40?? (http://goo.gl/5OFdSW)
You don’t have to be ‘the youngest ever whatever” to be successful.
Set your own goals.
One simple question: Is your current career path what you want to be doing for the next 30 years?
If it's not ticking your Fun, Fame or Fortune boxes...you're in the wrong job.
Go out there and find 'The One'.