No one wants to get laid off, and it can feel like a disaster when it hits home. But at times, these unexpected turns in your career, lead to a brighter path.
Finding herself (not unexpectedly) laid off, this young woman could have laid down with her tail between her legs, dog tired, and cowered in the corner.
Instead, she perked up and realized it for the opportunity it was – a chance to make her part-time venture a full-time career, and one that she loves at that!
Turns out she was a lucky dog after all!!
In her Ted Talk, writer Elizabeth Gilbert helps us to see that creativity and suffering do not have to be inherently linked and artistry does not have to lead to anguish. Let’s encourage our creative minds to live so we can keep doing the work we love.
What might your creative genius have in store for you?
Your Elusive Creative Genius – Elizabeth Gilbert
One big clue that it’s time for a career switch comes in the form of repetitive thoughts of “I just don’t care…” Odds are at one point in your current job you cared … you may have even cared a lot – about the work, about the goals, about the mission you were on. When this fizzles out, it is likely time for a change.
The good news is you’ve noticed! And, more good news — you don’t have to stay stuck on a path just because you put yourself there years ago – get yourself back to caring!
Notice things are feeling a little stale at work?
Not really ready to leap?
Here are some signs it might be time to start thinking about what’s next and some steps you can take starting now.
Sometimes creativity takes you to places you never would have dreamed of! Places that even pay a living wage. Here, a former lawyer turned LEGO artist, says, “There are many ways to get to where you want to go, even if you don’t know where that is right now.”
What hidden talents may be waiting to be expressed in you?
Inspirational Career Story of the Day:
I Left My Law Career to Become a LEGO Artist (Video)
Most “overnight successes” did not begin with any resemblance to their future success. What sets them apart is the people who had the courage to follow their vision. They did what many (most) people with great ideas don’t – they took a step and they BEGAN!
“Whether it’s a garage, a basement, or a dorm room, every business has humble beginnings. It’s not about where you start. It’s where you end up.” So, what’s cooking for you? And, what one step could you take today to make your dream a reality?