My Personal Experiences
So to give you a gist on what I’ve experienced on this topic. My very first job was at Panera Bread, I had never even eaten there before I had the job, at that point I was just looking for some money to pay off my second speeding ticket (my lovely brother paid my first one for me), I was currently a business major. I was there for about 2.5 years and at 2 different locations. I then moved on to Landstar, a transportation and logistics company while I was in college and that is where I changed my major to computer science. I was there for almost 3 years before I quit and never looked back. I then moved on to social selling and graduated with a psychology degree and now I’m a blogger and a substitute…
As you can see I have been all over the place both school wise and career wise. All this proves is that I am not afraid to keep trying new things. Each major and career change were vast in comparison and with each experience I ended up finding a little bit more of myself in the process. A new part of me becomes uncovered and I learn more and more about myself as I continue to grow and venture out to new adventures.
Being Open to New Experiences
So my first tip here to you is to be open to new experiences! You don’t want to wake up in 20 years and regret NOT doing something. Don’t live your life with “what ifs”, just go out there and take that chance, especially if it’s being handed to you as if it were a sign for you to try it out. I always say, if it scares you, then it might just be worth doing. Anything new and exciting is scary at first, you may think you’re not good enough, you don’t have the qualifications, but if the opportunity presents itself, who are you to turn it down by being your own worst critic? Do not end up complacent in your life! Or in other words, do not be stagnant, never moving forward or backward, just staying exactly where you are, forever. I personally don’t think that sounds very appealing and I’m sure a lot of you lovelies are thinking the same thing. We all want to have the sense of higher purpose in life, the sense that we are working towards something greater in the outcome, but to get there you have to get out of your comfort zone and grow and be open to the new experiences that come your way.
A Few Tips on How to Open Yourself Up to New Opportunities
Alright so here are a few tips that I’ve used to open myself up to new opportunities that have crossed my path during my life.
Tip 1: Do not hold yourself back with imposter syndrome!
For those of you who may not know what imposter syndrome is, it is the feeling of not belonging, the feeling of “so many other people are doing this already, why would anyone want to listen to what I have to say?”, which is a very negative view of things. This is just a natural self-defense mechanism that protects you when you feel scared of trying something new. If we can eradicate fear within ourselves, about ourselves, then we would have no self doubt in our abilities and simply go for that opportunity!
Tip 2: Realize that you will be starting at the bottom
For some reason, we all think of all the luxurious things we can have and do when we make it to the top, and then tend to get bummed out when we realize we have to start at the bottom first. Starting at the bottom is not an easy task, especially if you are switching career paths at an esteemed age where you have already had many accomplishments, we all must start from square one in anything we do. My tip is, do not let that discourage you! If anything, you should be walking around feeling like a bad ass because very little people will take that leap of faith in themselves and switch their career paths when they are unhappy. Many people think they may be “too old” or, that it’s “too late” for them to start something new. Well guess what, life is short, and you should not have to sit around in a situation that makes you less grateful for your life. Do something about it and make that change! Pay your dues and be proud that you have the courage and confidence to do so!
Tip 3: List all your favorite things you like to do in life
By taking down a list of all your favorite things to do in life and then relating them to different career paths you could take, you are creating a new path for yourself by zoning down on how many different directions you can really go in life. For example: Me, I love organizing, planning, being around children, being positive and sharing what I learn on how to be positive, being social and a light to others and cleaning. If you relate each of those things that I love to a career path you would have several different outlets of opportunities just waiting for you!
Do Not Be Afraid to Fail
Lastly, do not be afraid to fail! There is no success without failure, and to me failing means you are doing and you are learning from those mistakes, in other words, you are living. If it ends up that the new career path isn’t what you expected, do not see that as a failure. You tried it out and you gave it your all (I’m assuming) and it just turned out that it wasn’t for you, that is fine! Because in all reality, most people don’t even try, and in that fact alone, you are already a success.
Failure holds us all back in various different aspects and even just the fear of failure itself. Everyone fails in their life at some point or another. But we must remember, that life is all just trial and error and as long as you are learning something new along the way you should always view that as a win. Every experience is a new learning journey, you will learn more about yourself by trying different things in this short life and you will only be one step closer to reaching your full potential after each and every attempt. You never know what’s in your future and you could be on the path to finding your true purpose right now. So make sure you don’t have the door slammed in it’s face and BE OPEN AND ACCEPT IT!