I was listening in on a conversation the other day between some executives and I hear the comment “I made a wrong turn somewhere.” Apparently, this exec had gone to a conference where 90% of the people there loved what they did for a living. He started to question his decisions made over the course of his lifetime, and the prognosis was that he had made a wrong turn somewhere.
This phenomenon is actually incredibly common. You might actually be reading this article while having the exact same thoughts. To easily, time just slips away from us and we put off potential experiences and decisions that could lead our lives in a direction that is much happier. We are either living paycheck to paycheck dependent upon that job we hate so much to cover the bills or we lack the initiative and drive to take that chance at true happiness. Sometimes it is just complacency with what is “good enough for now”. After awhile, we turn around and look at our professional lives wondering what could have been. Often times, it is not until we run into a fortunate individual who took those necessary steps to professional life happiness until we really see our decisions for what they really are.
The beautiful thing about life and our decisions is that it is never too late. It is never too late to start doing what you have always wanted to. It is never too late to be happy and it is never too late to start your career over. I remember talking to a gentleman (he was actually the grandfather of a girl I was dating at the time) that was telling me how he started his business in his late 50’s early 60’s…I can’t remember the exact age. 5 years later, his new business was thriving and he was able to almost completely retire (he still plays in it from time to time) leaving his son and family with a multi-million dollar enterprise. It was at that point in my life that I realized that it is never too late for anything.
So what keeps people from taking that step? Fear…the fear of the unknown keeps many people from being successful. There are millions of hard working, intelligent individuals who could make it big and never do because they are unwilling to step outside of themselves and take that chance. I hear people say on a daily basis that it is “too late for me” when it is never too late.
So…are you going to be looking back at your life one day and say, “I took a wrong turn somewhere” or are you going to take your life into your own hands and find the road to professional happines? It is completely up to you…
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