Sunday, June 30, 2013

How Click Moments lead to Successful Career Changes

New services and products are being created daily.  They seem to come out of nowhere and rocket to almost instant popularity. That’s what happened to Ben Silbermann and Evan Sharp who met for a beer in 2009 and discovered they both loved collecting.  Click.

Talking further they thought; Why not develop a way to digitally display your collections?  Click.  That interest grew into a shared passion to create a service that looked obvious — after it was created. Despite a lack of programming expertise, they managed to pull in others to create one of the web`s fastest growing social networks, Pinterest.

This is good job search advice: when you honour your passions and interests, things you really enjoy doing and do well, you are more likely to have click moments, enabling you to pivot more than once into new, more successful directions, no matter how unique or unusual your interest.

Looking back, haven`t there been unexpected time in your life where you met someone or heard an idea that positively changed the courseof your life?  Light bulb goes of click!  That is a click moment, and can lead to a mid-life career change.

While we are so willing to accept randomness in falling in love, the unexpected way it happens, we resist believing that unexpected factors can help us on how to choose a career.  Planning has its place but many successful entrepreneurs have pointed out that the most important goal of a business plan is to show that a team is moving in some coordinated fashion toward a goal but the plan itself will be outdated within the month.

Same thing with how to make a career change.  We plan but it is often serendipitous moments that send us down a particular path. On the one hand we want control over events that determine our careers, but on the other we are steered in certain directions when unexpected things happen. 

As a job change expert, I help my clients prepare and plan for such click moments in my JOBJOY FOR LIFE  program.  We create a Vision chart that structures creative tension between our current reality and what we really want for our careers and lives.  Then we plan certain actions that will move us closer to a mid-life career change.

What is always amazing to me is how serendipity shows up between those planned actions.  It`s almost like the universe has its own plans for each of us.  It`s important is to recognize those click moments and nurture them into real opportunities.  This makes life more of an adventure than a grind. 

Consequently staying open to serendipitous events increases the chances you`ll meet the right people and learn the apt information, to stay relevant and, better yet, keep opening adventuresome chapters to the life you are truly meant to live with others. 

Like Silbermann and Sharp, who continued with their regular jobs, they took actions that moved them towards their vision for Pinterest, a vision now realized, a mid-life career change for each!

This is not magic.  How to make a career change is a process of creativity and available to anyone.  We can all create what really matters to us and new opportunities to change jobs, earn more, and live a better story!

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