Emma Galland chose to leave her business consulting life to follow a life-long passion for health and wellness. She and others like her pursued a different career path because they have discovered their true calling.
They realized a misdirection, and have figured out what they were always meant to do on this earth.
Other folks, like Seti Ghotbzadeh, changed careers because they have evolved towards something different. They do not discount past achievements. They do not deny that they pursued something they wanted.
Rather, they accept a shift in life goals, a change in how they define success, or a desire to flex a different set of muscles and do something else.
I fall in the second bucket. I was reminded of this recently. Someone said something in a conversation that made me want to uphold my past career goals. I am proud of my past work. I don’t deny that for many years, I was working on something I very much desired. I just want to do something else now.
It’s often easier to wrap our heads around the idea of someone who has decided to follow a long-held dream or a true calling. There’s a kind of heroism in that decision. People tend to admire someone’s resolve to go after what her spirit/heart/soul is pushing her to do.
A change in career path because of a desire to do something different or something new can sometimes prompt raised eyebrows and loads of questions with underlying assumptions. “Did something happen? Did they let you go? Why were you unhappy?”
It doesn’t really matter how or why we arrive at our crossroads. What’s important is that we recognize the pull and that we see an opportunity in front of us to make a choice.
If you’re at your crossroads, pat yourself on the back for recognizing it. Many don’t even see or accept it.
Now, what are you going to do about that opportunity?