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.