For a lot of entrepreneurs, success is not the key to happiness. It is happiness that is the key to success. This explains why some people who are managers in top businesses do not feel complete because they are not following their passion. They may be earning six-figure paychecks with titles and the corner office, but they may be stifling their true talents.
Unfortunately, when a person is way up the corporate ladder, they may be afraid to start all over again by launching a career in a different field. There is always the fear of failure, especially after enjoying success for so long. Fortunately, it is possible for someone who has a lot of corporate experience in one field to find success and fulfillment in a completely different career. The key is to follow a few tips before you launch your career to ensure that the process is smooth. Some of the important tips to consider include:
Analyze your current situation
It has been said that if you choose a career you love, you won’t have to work a day in your life. Therefore, if every day feels like a struggle, you may have to assess your situation to determine what the problem is. You may find yourself blaming your current company, stagnation in your current position, or even your manager. You may even hop from one company and one job to another in search of fulfillment. If this doesn’t work, it may be time to look inwards for a reason. You may find that despite all your accomplishments and experience, you’d prefer to work in a different career that allows you to completely utilize your skills and special talents. Ask yourself what your perfect day in the office would look like.
Determine the direction you want your career to go
This may take a lot of courage, especially if you’ve been hugely successful in your current field. However, it doesn’t mean that all the experience you’ve had will go to waste. Explore your new opportunities and try to determine how your current experiences can help you launch your career. If you are a manager, you may have contacts in the press or with other large business owners who can help you get the word out or give you feedback on products. You may already have a large social media following, and you can use them to test drive some of your ideas. You can also network with past and present contacts to find out how to bring your new career to life.
It might take quite an amount of time before your new career earns you enough that you can leave your day job. This is why it is important to test your ideas while you are still working at your current job. Do not live the stability and security of your salary before launching your new career, as the uncertainty can lead to a lot of frustrations.
Patience is key
You may have to put in a lot of time and effort to launch your career, especially if you want to quit your job. It may take several years of consistent planning, researching, and testing to finally build your startup. You have to invest as much of your free time as possible into this venture, and this may include the hours before you go to work as well as some time in the evening. You may also have to spend your weekends and holidays working on your passion. As they say, it may take 10,000 hours to become an overnight success.
Don’t make yourself start from scratch just because you are launching a career in a new industry. Let your new investors and business partners know exactly who you are and what you have accomplished. If you are new in an industry, your past accomplishments and experiences, even in a totally different industry, can help investors and consumers gain confidence in yours. If you have worked as a manager or a financial officer, let them know how you achieved results for your current company, and how you have made an impact and surpassed expectations in the past. Remember, it is not bragging if it’s true.
Take advantage of your current network
You really don’t have to start from scratch, even if you are entering a whole new industry. Take advantage of the network you have in your current industry, and ask them to connect you to people they may know who will help you launch your career. You can even ask your current network of colleagues and friends to give you feedback on some of your ideas before launching them. Their insights may be very helpful.
Take time to launch your new career
Not all new businesses and career need a spread in a local newspaper and a huge party. If this strategy does not make sense for your new businesses, opt for launching slowly and strategically. You can start with a social media page and a blog, before launching apps, websites, and offices. If people are already familiar with your services via your blog and social media posts, they may be more willing to give your business a chance.
Define what success means to you
The success your experience in your new career may not be equal to the one you have enjoyed in your current career. Therefore, you need to set your expectations right and define what success will mean to you. You may not build a Fortune 500 company, but you may provide services that are meaningful and fulfilling, and that help you use all your talents. You may also provide services that may change people’s lives for the better. You need to change your definition of success to the impact you make, and not necessarily the amount of money in your bank account.
At the moment, you are probably working in a single department in your current company. When you quit launching your career, you will be in charge of all departments, and eventually, the success or failure of your business rests with you. This is why you should prioritize and focus on the factors that are important to the growth and success of your new venture. Remember what your overall goal is, and focus on that.
Only you are familiar with your core goals and passion. This is why you should stay true to yourself and follow a career path that will bring fulfillment. It will definitely be scary at first, regardless of how experienced and knowledgeable you are. However, if you follow the above tips, you’ll be on your way to launching a successful career.