Who thinks that's an easy thing to do? Well it isn't - but it can be the most rewarding thing you might ever do.
I've learnt a lot from being in 2 large corporate companies - both with very different cultures. I have no intention of describing them here. However the change from big to micro business has been one of discovery. And I'm learning things about myself that I didn't know - and that's a very good thing in my book.
So how do you navigate the change from routine and pace - to one of creativity, discovery and learning as you go? Well firstly - don't expect to much of yourself! I have the benefit of working in a start up - with some very nice people which helps hugely. But I'm conditioned to do things at 100 miles an hour - it's what I've always done. Whilst there is a need for pace - also the time to be creative, think things through and try new things is a fresh approach to work for me.
I love it.
I'd like to think I am mildly creative - but I haven't really ever had a job that enabled me to truly think outside of the box pretty much every day. It's ok to get things wrong - but working in an environment that actually achieves that rather than saying it - is liberating. Every entrepreneur you ever read about - says ' I got it wrong lots of times before I got it right'. And they tend to be the super successful people - so there has to be something in that. I'm learning as I go - and surrounded and supported by others with the same thinking. We're excited about what we are aiming to achieve. We want to be pioneers!
If you aim for perfection every time - you stifle creativity. I'm embracing that and it feels like somewhere I should have been sooner.
I regret nothing when it comes to life and career - I only see learning. Learning from mistakes, learning from others and seizing new opportunity.
Is that you? Or do you err on the side of caution - in case you get it wrong? Because, as the old adage goes - we are a long time gone from these shores! So why not break out of the mould - it's uncomfortable yes, but it has the potential to reward, stretch and freshen up the 35 hours ( 28 for me now - that's another discovery!) that you currently spend doing the thing you've always done.
Maybe that's for you - and I don't dismiss it. We all have priorities and reasons why stability is good. But don't be unhappy or unrewarded - because you do have a choice.
But don't spend your timing thinking why you didn't. If you have an idea go for it. If your bored spend time thinking about what you really want to do. If you don't know how to do that, then engage with someone who can help you ( not a plug I promise - but I am available should you need it!)
Friends and family play such a key part of any transition - you need them. My eldest daughter when I told her about my career change said ' You'll be brilliant whatever you do Dad!'
And I hope she's right - but whatever happens, stepping out of that very warm and familiar routine, has excited and ignited me.
If I can be of help to you if you are wanting a change of career or focus - then make contact.