Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

I found this interesting article from the Harvard Business School: How Female Stars Succeed in New Jobs: http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/5949.html

Ladies, your thoughts?  Gentlemen, your thoughts?

Did I just open up a can of worms?  Ha…..

The biggest surprise for people who find or create their dream job is that it doesn’t have to happen all at once.  It doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing, hold-your-nose leap from security into the unknown.  Instead, it can be a series of small steps that you take only as you feel ready.  Sure, there are the few really bold (or independently wealthy) vocationers who cut the ties to their previous careers and hurl themselves full-time into the new ones.  But most people take it slowly.  They continue at their current jobs while transitioning gradually into the dream.  They do research, they write a business plan, they figure out how to begin the new career without taking on more risk than they can handle.  Some go to school to get more training.  Some dedicate a period of time to paying off debt and building savings so they’ll have funds for their new careers.  Some find work in the new field while they put together a business of their own.  The path and the timeline vary from vocationer to vocationer; what they all have in common, though, is the PASSION and the VISION to move ahead.

– This is a short excerpt from my book, Test-Drive Your Dream Job:  A Step-By-Step Guide To Finding & Creating The Work You Love

So, don’t hyperventilate.  Take a deep breath.  Career change and transition is not meant to be considered over a weekend and then implemented on Monday.  Dream big, but start small as I always say.  Little baby steps create a giant leap over time.