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Changing Your Course

Robert Greene is an American author known for his book, "The 48 Laws of Power. One of the things he stated is," The world wants to assign you a role. The minute you accept that role? You’re doomed.”

That is a little too pessimistic for me; at any time in your career, you can reevaluate the role in life you are playing and make a change. The change can be both subtle or massive, but you have the power to change it if you are willing to put in the effort.

It is not a small thing to tip the scales of your destiny, but understanding that something is out of sync is a signal you need a change. So first, identify your feelings. This might take some time to get to the root of the feelings but stay with it.

Here is what I did:

I was Director Of Human Resources at an Ivy League prestigious medical center for several years and found myself bored and unfulfilled. The things I didn't like about my job were weighing me down. I decided to leave. It wasn't easy to leave a good-paying job, especially with my daughter just starting college, but I decided with my wife it was worth doing.

I started by examining in-depth other parallel paths I could use my skills. Researching, not only wishing helped clarify my goals. I used my network of contacts I had made throughout my career, and I asked them to give me an unblemished evaluation of my skill set.

I wrote to authors of books and articles of people I resonated with, and I was surprised how willing people were to give me advice. I continued to do my HR job, but I started to do some mini-talks in my free time to groups that were interested in my area of expertise.

When I felt fully committed to making a change, I decided to take my passion to another level and I formed my consulting organization. Sure, I left the comfort of a high- paying job with all its perks to venture out into a new world; the adventure has been worth the risk. It might be right for you.

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