In doing research for my newly published book, “The Bounce Back – personal stories of bouncing back higher and faster after a layoff, re-org or career setback”, I interviewed over a hundred professionals who bounced back successfully and discovered that each one was successful because of the decision to take action.
There’s a great story in the book about an NBC-TV emmy award winning Sr. News Reporter.
He loved his job but after 20 years in the same job role, he wanted to advance into a news anchor position. When his boss told him it wasn’t going to happen, he took action. He walked away from his successful job and paycheck, and started a very successful media communications and coaching business, AZFreelanceTV.com
Another story came from a single mother who had been successful in the healthcare industry for 10+ years.
She had a good job and a good paycheck, but she wanted more challenge and a bigger paycheck. So she set her sights on a new job role and enrolled to go back to school and get an advanced degree.
She talks about how her boss was completely unsupportive and wouldn’t accommodate her schedule so that she could take a night class on Wednesday nights. He tried to demoralize her by saying things like, “Stop bragging about going back to school. You’re no better than the rest of us.” So instead of allowing an unsupportive manager squish her dreams, she took action. She quit her full-time job to take a part-time job so that she could get her degree. Today she’s living her dream.
Would you leave your safe, miserable job for the chance at something better?
Just because you get hired in a job, doesn’t mean that you have to stay there forever. Your drive and passion can change over time, and with that, may come the need to change your career. Career changes are hard, but a key lesson from the bounce back achievers is that YOU need to drive your career. Decide what you really want in your career and then go after it! Don’t let someone else determine what you can and cannot do. It’s your career – own it! 😎
Sherri Thomas is a Career Strategist, international speaker and best-selling author of “The Bounce Back” and “Career Smart – 5 Steps to a Powerful Personal Brand. “ Get more tips and strategies on how you can bounce back from a layoff, re-org, bad manager or other career threatening setback in my new book, “The Bounce Back” now available on AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE. You can download the three FREE chapters of THE BOUNCE BACK at http://www.MyBounceBack.com