How to Know When it’s Time to Change Careers

This could be you (but please pick up your trash afterwards)!

The worst place to be in work (as well as most walks of life) is stuck— that is of course unless you use your undeniably clever brain to trick being stuck into helping you be awesome.

Solution: Aaron P. Arnold’s 90-Day Rule
Here’s how the 90-day rule works: If you’re unhappy at work for 90 consecutive days (long enough to make sure you’re honestly trying to conquer your job’s challenges but short enough to prevent you from living a lifetime of regret), then it is time to make a move.
After 90 days, here are a few key steps to follow
  1. Muster your courage — the time is now. Ninety days have passed. Why waste another minute, hour, or day in the situation that’s making you unhappy? Muster up the courage or faith you need, and begin to plot your next move ASAP. For example, I realized it was time to pivot when I no longer cared about a job that was paying me good money. And the disdain I had for going to work everyday made me sick…literally. Stress and unhappiness does indeed kill the mind, body and soul.
  2. Put bills and money aside. You must determine what makes you truly happy. Ask yourself, “If I had no monetary responsibilities, what would I do for FREE?” It might be clichéd, but this is the most honest way to figure out your true passion. Once you have determined what that is, settle on the path you need to take to get there and pull the trigger (i.e, execute).  Remember, there’s never a “perfect” time. Just do it.
  3. It’s OK to be the underdog. Once you’ve made your choice, don’t expect the heavens to open up so that amazing opportunities just drop into your lap without the groundwork being laid first. Be persistent, but exercise patience — never lose faith. The world may seem against you; people from afar and people closest to you may discourage or even doubt you. However, this generally means that your next move is not just good, but great. People often fear what they won’t do or do not understand.
  4. Trust your body, mind and heart. Much like those wilderness guys you see on TV in extreme situations, you too must use your survival instincts in this new environment. Trust in yourself, trust your heart as you maneuver, and enjoy the ride.
  5. Teamwork makes your dream work. Yes, it is a cliché, but the simplicity of it holds much power. Build your network of support.  Put people around you (mentors, mentees and colleagues) and create a “mastermind” group or support network. This group will be integral to your survival and success as you pivot.

About Jimmy vs. World!
Man chases his dreams. Life punches his face. Series and blog created by Los Angeles-based animator Sean Rohani

2 Responses to How to Know When it’s Time to Change Careers

  1. Hi there, Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog and the follow, hope you liked what you saw. Looking forward to seeing more from you, 🙂

    • I sure did! Looking worward to checking it out regularly

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