Often when we leave (or get let go from) our current job, we ponder this question, “Should I start doing something different?’
This question can develop from not liking the last (or current) job or maybe a burning desire to do something new, challenging and/or enjoyable.
Regardless of the reason, we must ask our selves this question and we must be deliberate about the answer we give ourselves. Never shove the question aside and ignore it. You must answer this question honestly.
If you ask yourself this question and you answer, “Yes, I want to do something else!”, then the next question is equally important, “I wonder what I should do?”
In mid 2010, selling IT services for a local IT company, I asked myself these same questions. “Should I do something different and if so, what should I do?” My answer was clearly that I wanted to do something different. In my case, I wanted to start my own business.
The second question, “what should I do?” was more difficult to answer. I kept leaning back to what I had been doing, technology consulting because it was an easy choice. Something in me kept saying, “Don’t go easy, go real.” So, I decided to ask this question out loud and to my friends and professional contacts.
Asking others to help me figure out what I kind of business to create was the best way to answer this question for me.
During my conversations with dozens of great people, they asked me, “What do you want to do Teddy?” Rather than say, I want to do this, or I want to do that, I decided to say, “I don’t know. My skills and interest are diverse. No matter what I end up doing, I do know that I want to help other individuals. This I know.” I wanted to be open to all kinds of ideas, so I strived not to burden the conversation with any other preconceived ideas.
When the idea of being a technology consultant came up, my coffee or sweet tea partner would just snicker at me. “That’s not who you are,” they would say. Then they would commence to tell me who they thought I was and what I would enjoy and be successful doing.
Having these conversations was how I ended up being who I am today, a Networking Strategist focused on teaching people to Network for Mutual Benefit and to Build Relationships through Social Media. I decided to go out on a limb and created a business of outplacement coaching, social media coaching, writing, public speaking, blogging, training and sharing ideas. It has been a fantastic journey so far and one that I look forward to every day.
In summary, regardless of your desire to be employed, or to start your own business, you could end up doing something totally different than what you have done, if you are willing to listen to yourself and others. What you learn from these conversations can shed a big bright light on a completely new career journey.