"Do what you love" may be "terrible advice."
Building a career is a significant investment. From education to on-the-job training and development, our jobs define a large portion of our lives. But what if it turns out that the career you've chosen isn't the right fit? If a mid-career move is on your mind, here are five steps to consider before making the jump.
I arrived to my basement apartment, got a serving job and scrubbed toilets for minimum wage. I knocked on doors relentlessly and even had an agent tell me I was "too old to be dreaming of being a movie star, sweetheart." I truly had nothing. No job to answer to from 9-5. There was no relationship to distract me.
I am one of those sorry overpoliticized folks that Brooks refers to who "forms their identity around politics". And, I must admit, I spend far more than 10 per cent of my waking hours thinking about politics at the expense of what should be on the minds of "good citizens" according to Brooks: philosophy, friendship, romance, family, culture and fun.
Many of us have experienced that moment when we question our career choice and start considering alternatives. It's natural, and our intuition is often right. When it's time to make a career change, a lot of us will hesitate and muddle ahead doing something we don't enjoy. Why don't we make the jump? Because fear gets in the way.
We all go through phases with our career. No matter how much you love your job, there are times when a certain ennui sets in. But how do you rekindle the fire when you've gone through some career lows? Here are some of my tips.